A Ghost Story for Christmas (1971)

A Ghost Story for Christmas is a strand of annual British short television films originally broadcast on BBC One from 1971 to 1978, and later revived in 2005 on BBC Four. With one exception, the original instalments are directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark and the films are all shot on 16 mm colour film. The remit behind the series was to provide a television adaptation of a classic ghost story referencing the oral tradition of telling supernatural tales at Christmas. Each instalment is a separate adaptation of a short story, ranging from 30 to 50 minutes in duration and each featuring well-known British actors such as Clive Swift, Robert Hardy, Peter Vaughan, Edward Petherbridge and Denholm Elliott in the title roles. The first five are adaptations of ghost stories by M. R. James, the sixth is based on a short story by Charles Dickens and the two final instalments are original screenplays by Clive Exton and John Bowen respectively. An earlier black-and-white 1968 Omnibus adaptation of M.R. James's Whistle and I'll Come to You, directed by Jonathan Miller, is often cited as an influence upon the production of the films, and is sometimes included in the canon. The series was revived by BBC Four in 2005 with a new series of annual adaptations.

Release Date: 1971-12-24
Seasons: 1
  • Language: En
Philip Jackson
Philip Jackso...
Bloxham
Julian Sands
Julian Sands
Dr. Hal Burns
Michael Hordern
Michael Horde...
Professor Parkins
Greg Wise
Greg Wise
Professor Anderson
David Calder
David Calder
John Marriott
Sophie Thompson
Sophie Thomps...
Carol
David Ryall
David Ryall
Mr. Paget
Tom Burke
Tom Burke
Edward Jenkins
Mark Gatiss
Mark Gatiss
Curator
John Lebar
John Lebar
The Abomination
Lee Ingleby
Lee Ingleby
Ben
Lesley Sharp
Lesley Sharp
Hetty
Jean Marsh
Jean Marsh
Lady Constance de Momery
Gemma Jones
Gemma Jones
Alice Parkin
Robert Whitelock
Robert Whitel...
Commando
Scott Handy
Scott Handy
Sqdn Ldr Peter Enfield
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Julian Rhind-...
Noakes
John Hurt
John Hurt
James Parkin
Derren Brown
Derren Brown
Sir Roger Widdowson
Peter Bowles
Peter Bowles
Charles Gray
Charles Gray
Peter Vaughan
Peter Vaughan
Maurice Denham
Maurice Denha...
Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy
Paul Freeman
Paul Freeman
Mr. Harrington
John Arthur
John Arthur
Coil
Denholm Elliott
Denholm Ellio...
Andy Nyman
Andy Nyman
Duncalfe
Samuel Barnett
Samuel Barnet...
Billy
Rachael Stirling
Rachael Stirl...
Julia Jugg
Pip Torrens
Pip Torrens
Squire Richards
Clive Swift
Clive Swift
Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattin...
Toby Jugg
Anton Saunders
Anton Saunder...
Thomas
Robert Powell
Robert Powell
Himself
Iain Cuthbertson
Iain Cuthbert...
Julian Karswell
Mark Letheren
Mark Letheren
Dr. Fanshawe
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