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Ghost Stories for Christmas (DVD)
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Collection of ghost stories adapted by the BBC. In 'Whistle and
I'll Come to You' (1968) Michael Hordern plays Professor Parkin who
heads to a hotel on the east coast of England. While out on a walk
he comes across a mysterious bone whistle which ends up having
disturbing consequences for Parkin. In 'Whistle and I'll Come to
You' (2010) John Hurt stars as James Parkin who, in this version,
is a retired astronomer taking a much needed break from caring for
his ailing wife. In 'A Warning to the Curious' (1972) Mr Paxton
(Peter Vaughan) travels to English seaside town Seaburg hoping to
find the last of three Anglo Saxon crowns belonging to the Agers
family whose last descendant has recently died. In 'The Stalls of
Barchester' (1971) Dr. Black (Clive Swift) is cataloguing the
Barchester Cathedral Library when he comes across an old diary
belonging to Archdeacon Haynes (Robert Hardy) who died
mysteriously. In 'Lost Hearts' (1973) young orphan Stephen (Simon
Gipps-Kent) goes to stay at the generous Mr. Abney (Joseph
O'Connor)'s estate where he is haunted by two children who
previously lived in the house. In 'The Ash Tree' (1975) Sir Richard
Fell (Edward Petherbridge) inherits his uncle's manor and grounds.
He moves in and decides to cut down an ash tree that could prove
harmful to the property... In 'The Treasure of Abbot Thomas' (1974)
cynical Reverend Somerton (Michael Bryant) is completely
close-minded when it comes to paranormal activity. But his
steadfast beliefs falter when his search for the treasure of
alchemist Abbot Thomas (John Herrington) unleashes a terrifying
spectre. In 'The Signalman' (1976), based on the story by Charles
Dickens, Denholm Elliott stars as a troubled railway signalman who
has witnessed some unsettling sights and sounds along his stretch
of track. In 'Stigma' (1977) Katherine Delgado (Kate Binchy) and
her family move into a new home but have difficulty removing a
menhir from their garden. In 'The Ice House' (1978) Paul (John
Stride) goes to stay at a spa resort to help him get over the
breakdown of his marriage. In 'A View from a Hill' (2005) historian
Dr. Fanshawe (Mark Letheren) visits his friend, Squire Richard (Pip
Torrens), and, having broken his own binoculars, borrows a pair
through which he can see into the past... In 'Number 13' (2006)
Professor Anderson (Greg Wise) is staying in room 12 of a local
hotel while working in a cathedral town to authenticate historical
documents. But after being disturbed at night, Anderson discovers
that a previously missing room 13 has appeared... Finally, Robert
Powell reads a selection of tales by M.R. James which were
partially dramatised for the series 'Classic Ghost Stories'. The
episodes comprise: 'The Mezzotint', 'The Ash Tree', 'Wailing Well',
'The Rose Garden' and 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad'.
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