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David_lees (David_lees)
Username: David_lees

Registered: 12-2011
Posted From: 2.96.205.185
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 03:07 pm:   

Looks like we're getting more ghost stories for Christmas this year:

Mark Gatiss will present a BBC Two documentary on the life and work of horror writer MR James this Christmas, alongside a drama adaptation of one of Jamesís short stories.

Classic chiller The Tractate Middoth will be written and directed by Gatiss, bringing "his distinctive wit and sense of the macabre to bear on one of James's most thrilling tales, involving a disputed will, a race against time, and something very unpleasant lurking in the library".

The accompanying documentary, Ghost Writer, sees Gatiss step into the mind of MR James. A long-time admirer of James, Mark will try to solve one of the great literary mysteries: how this donnish Victorian bachelor, conservative by nature and a devout Anglican, created tales that continue to chill readers a century on.

Gatiss will journey from James's childhood home in Suffolk to Eton and on to Kingís College, Cambridge, the two institutions where James spent most of his life, visiting ancient churches, moonlit quadrangles and echoing libraries along the way.

Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two, commented: "Itís a pleasure to bring Mark Gatiss back to BBC Two with a new look at one of Britainís genre defining writers..."

http://www.cultbox.co.uk/news/headlines/7168-mark-gatiss-brings-mr-james-documen tary-and-drama-to-bbc-two
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
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Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 194.32.31.1
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 - 11:45 am:   

This is great news! The more quality M.R. James adaptations we have the better. That's one of my favourite stories.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 92.237.187.186
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 08:57 pm:   

Looking forward to this!
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Hubert (Hubert)
Username: Hubert

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 178.116.59.128
Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 12:06 pm:   

I only recently saw the shortish adaptation of "Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance", and thought it didn't do the original story fully justice. Curiously, nobody seems to want to tackle "Count Magnus", or am I missing something?
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Ramsey Campbell (Ramsey)
Username: Ramsey

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 92.8.19.249
Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 10:52 pm:   

You aren't as far as I know, Hubert, though The Brides of Dracula lifts a scene.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.30.203.90
Posted on Monday, July 01, 2013 - 12:40 am:   

I think there was a Radio 4 play some years ago that set 'The Tractate Middoth' off the Cornish coast and included a cricket match. It was called 'The Scilly Middoth'.
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Hubert (Hubert)
Username: Hubert

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 178.116.59.128
Posted on Monday, July 01, 2013 - 01:33 pm:   

I have heard it was a question of Scilly or Charybdis.

Imagine what great adaptations they could make out of "Martin's Close" or even "Wailing Well".

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