From the cosy confines of his study, a learned professor (Robert Powell) tells five terrifying tales. Inspired by M.R. James' legendary readings of his own works, these vintage ghost stories were originally broadcast over the Christmas of 1986 and have been unavailable on video until now. In 'The Mezzotint' a haunted picture slowly reveals the horrors of the past, whilst 'The Ash-Tree' tells of the execution of a witch and the dreadful curse she places on the Fell family. 'Wailing Well' involves a troop of scouts who find that curiosity can be fatal, and 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad' concerns itself with an academic who gets more than he bargained for after he discovers an enchanted whistle. Finally, in 'The Rose Garden', disturbing visions upset Mrs Ansthruther's gardening plans. Long unseen and much sought after, these celebrated readings are accompanied here by three episodes from the rare BBC series 'Spine Chillers', in which the acclaimed actor Michael Bryant (A Ghost Story for Christmas: The Treasure of Abbot Thomas) plays the M.R. James - like storyteller.
Not what I expected
- Classic Ghost Stories by M.R. James review by JE
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My fault, but I had assumed that this would be a collection of short acted ghost stories, speciifically the BBC ones aired around xmas, instead it was Robert Powell telling ghost stories in a smoking jacket in a candlelit room in a slightly off putting voice.
I couldn't concentrate on the stories as his voice and the room was so distracting.
I was 1 years old when it was originally aired so my attention span can't cope.
Spine Chillers (1980,3 x 11 minutes): Michael Bryant reads M R James' 'The Mezzotint', 'A School Story' and 'The Diary of Mr Poynter' in episodes from the series produced by Classic Ghost Stories producer Angela Beeching and made by the team behind the BBC children's programme Jackanory
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