The Stalls Of Barchester (1971) While cataloguing the collections of Barchester Cathedral library, Dr Black stumbles across an intriguing box of papers belonging to former Archdeacon Haynes. In it, he discovers a hidden history of blood guilt and macabre supernatural revenge. With its superb cast and beautiful choral accompaniment by Norwich Cathedral choir, Lawrence Gordon Clark's (Harry's Game) evocative adaptation of James' short story inspired the BBC's popular 1970s series A Ghost Story for Christmas.
A Warning To The Curious (1972) The second of Clark's MR James adaptations for the BBC features Peter Vaughan as a doomed amateur archaeologist who pays a terrible price for his curiosity about an ancient Saxon legend. John McGlashan's extraordinary photography imbues the wide open Norfolk coastline with an uneasy sense of dread.
Introduction to The Stalls of Barchester by Lawrence Gordon Clark (2012,10 mins)
Introduction to A Warning to the Curious by Lawrence Gordon Clark (2012,12 mins)
Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee - 'The Stalls of Barchester' by MR James (Eleanor Yule, 2000,30 mins): Christopher Lee recreates MR James' famous soirees, at which the antiquary would read his tales of the supernatural to eager undergraduates
Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee - 'A Warning to the Curious' by MR James (Eleanor Yule, 2000,30 mins): dramatic reconstruction of one of the author's Christmas readings
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