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Broadcast in the dying hours of Christmas Eve, the BBC's A Ghost Story for Christmas series was a fixture of the seasonal schedules throughout the 1970s and spawned a long tradition of chilling tales which terrified Yuletide viewers for decades to come.

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Broadcast in the dying hours of Christmas Eve, the BBC's A Ghost Story for Christmas series was a fixture of the seasonal schedules throughout the 1970s and spawned a long tradition of chilling tales which terrified Yuletide viewers for decades to come.

    • Episode 1

    Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968)

    When a sceptical professor, a brilliant performance from actor Michael Hordern, finds an old whistle on a Norfolk beach he unleashes a horrifying monster from the depths of his psyche. Jonathan Miller's (Beyond the Fringe, The Drinking Party, Alice in Wonderland) adaptation of MR James' terrifying tale uses the bleak Norfolk landscape, superbly photographed by Dick Bush, to instil a sense of isolation and unease.

    • 41 Minutes

    When a sceptical professor, a brilliant performance from actor Michael Hordern, finds an old whistle on a Norfolk beach he unleashes a horrifying monster from the depths of his psyche. Jonathan Miller's (Beyond the Fringe, The Drinking Party, Alice in Wonderland) adaptation of MR James' terrifying tale uses the bleak Norfolk landscape, superbly photographed by Dick Bush, to instil a sense of isolation and unease.

    • 41 Minutes
    • Episode 2

    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.

    • 45 Minutes

    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.

    • 45 Minutes
    • Episode 3

    A Warning to the Curious (1972)

    Peter Vaughan (Straw Dogs, Our Friends in the North) stars 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.

    • 50 Minutes

    Peter Vaughan (Straw Dogs, Our Friends in the North) stars 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.

    • 50 Minutes
    • Episode 4

    Lost Hearts (1973)

    When recently orphaned Stephen goes to live with his uncle he is troubled by two terrifying child spectres whose mischievous acts lead to a blood-curdling revelation. Based on a gory tale by masterful ghost story-teller MR James, Robin Chapman's dramatisation is a spine-chilling piece of atmospheric television which features a superb performance by Joseph O'Conor as the erratic uncle.

    • 34 Minutes

    When recently orphaned Stephen goes to live with his uncle he is troubled by two terrifying child spectres whose mischievous acts lead to a blood-curdling revelation. Based on a gory tale by masterful ghost story-teller MR James, Robin Chapman's dramatisation is a spine-chilling piece of atmospheric television which features a superb performance by Joseph O'Conor as the erratic uncle.

    • 34 Minutes
    • Episode 5

    The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974)

    Pride comes before a fall in John Bowen's adaptation of MR James' tale of a treasure hunt with a sticky end. Michael Bryant plays The Reverend Somerton whose self-assured intellectual arrogance masks a naked greed.

    • 36 Minutes

    Pride comes before a fall in John Bowen's adaptation of MR James' tale of a treasure hunt with a sticky end. Michael Bryant plays The Reverend Somerton whose self-assured intellectual arrogance masks a naked greed.

    • 36 Minutes
    • Episode 6

    The Ash Tree (1975)

    Enlightened eighteenth-century nobleman Sir Richard Fell (Edward Petherbridge) inherits more than he bargained for when he comes into possession of a stately home dominated by a sinister old ash tree.

    • 31 Minutes

    Enlightened eighteenth-century nobleman Sir Richard Fell (Edward Petherbridge) inherits more than he bargained for when he comes into possession of a stately home dominated by a sinister old ash tree.

    • 31 Minutes
    • Episode 7

    The Signalman (1976)

    When a traveller stumbles upon a signal box situated on a lonely stretch of country rail track, he is unable to believe the incredible story of its troubled occupant. This atmospheric adaptation from a short story by Charles Dickens features a remarkable performance by Denholm Elliott (A Room With a View, Raiders of the Lost Ark) as the eponymous railway employee haunted by dreadful premonitions.

    • 38 Minutes

    When a traveller stumbles upon a signal box situated on a lonely stretch of country rail track, he is unable to believe the incredible story of its troubled occupant. This atmospheric adaptation from a short story by Charles Dickens features a remarkable performance by Denholm Elliott (A Room With a View, Raiders of the Lost Ark) as the eponymous railway employee haunted by dreadful premonitions.

    • 38 Minutes
    • Episode 8

    Stigma (1977)

    The pagan stone circles of Avebury are the backdrop for writer Clive Exton's modern-day horror. The attempted removal of an ancient stone from a family's back garden unleashes a bloody curse on unsuspecting housewife Katharine, whose rising panic is captured brilliantly by Kate Binchy.

    • 31 Minutes

    The pagan stone circles of Avebury are the backdrop for writer Clive Exton's modern-day horror. The attempted removal of an ancient stone from a family's back garden unleashes a bloody curse on unsuspecting housewife Katharine, whose rising panic is captured brilliantly by Kate Binchy.

    • 31 Minutes
    • Episode 9

    The Ice House (1978)

    After his wife leaves him, Paul (John Stride) seeks solace at a sophisticated health spa run by a pair of sinister siblings. Strangely attracted by the scent of a vine that grows on the old ice house in the spa's grounds, Paul is drawn ever deeper into a horrifying mystery.

    • 34 Minutes

    After his wife leaves him, Paul (John Stride) seeks solace at a sophisticated health spa run by a pair of sinister siblings. Strangely attracted by the scent of a vine that grows on the old ice house in the spa's grounds, Paul is drawn ever deeper into a horrifying mystery.

    • 34 Minutes
    • Episode 10

    A View from a Hill (2005)

    When young museum curator Fanshawe is sent to catalogue a debt-laden squire's archaeological collection, he uses a pair of homemade binoculars borrowed from his genial host to survey local 'Gallows Hill'. The glasses seem to give him a strange new ability and, ignoring all warnings about their necromantic creator, Fanshawe carries out his historical researches. But the bloody past of the area is best left undisturbed.

    • 39 Minutes

    When young museum curator Fanshawe is sent to catalogue a debt-laden squire's archaeological collection, he uses a pair of homemade binoculars borrowed from his genial host to survey local 'Gallows Hill'. The glasses seem to give him a strange new ability and, ignoring all warnings about their necromantic creator, Fanshawe carries out his historical researches. But the bloody past of the area is best left undisturbed.

    • 39 Minutes
    • Episode 11

    Number 13 (2006)

    Dissatisfied with his hotel room, Professor Anderson demands to be moved to number 12 where he can work undisturbed. But, infuriated by the ghoulish noises made nightly by his neighbour, he is soon driven to investigate the diabolical secrets of the old hotel and its mysteriously vanishing room 13.

    • 40 Minutes

    Dissatisfied with his hotel room, Professor Anderson demands to be moved to number 12 where he can work undisturbed. But, infuriated by the ghoulish noises made nightly by his neighbour, he is soon driven to investigate the diabolical secrets of the old hotel and its mysteriously vanishing room 13.

    • 40 Minutes
    • Episode 12

    Whistle and I'll Come to You (2010)

    In this 2010 rendering of MR James' celebrated ghost story, John Hurt plays James Parkin, a lonely retiree who has left his wife in a nursing home. Troubled by this turn of events, he visits their old holiday haunt, but his discovery of a mysterious ring on the beach sparks a series of ghostly encounters and disturbing nightmares which refuse to disappear in the cold light of day.

    • 51 Minutes

    In this 2010 rendering of MR James' celebrated ghost story, John Hurt plays James Parkin, a lonely retiree who has left his wife in a nursing home. Troubled by this turn of events, he visits their old holiday haunt, but his discovery of a mysterious ring on the beach sparks a series of ghostly encounters and disturbing nightmares which refuse to disappear in the cold light of day.

    • 51 Minutes
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