Not sprouts! I hate sprouts.
- Jul 30, 2005
A night of M.R. James on BBC4 on Christmas Eve - with Dickens' The Signalman as an added bonus.
Agreed, although I still think that the readings by Sir Michael Hordern are the very best.
Unfortunately Sir Michael didn't make them into TV shows, though he was in the classic version of O Whistle of course.
Robert Powell did a nice series of James readings as a TV show in the... 80s? I think?
I'm happy with the Peter Yearsley readings. Not a fan of the exaggeratedly posh Horderne style. A lot of the more interesting characters aren't posh.
*Coal sets HDR box up to record*A night of M.R. James on BBC4 on Christmas Eve - with Dickens' The Signalman as an added bonus.
Thanks to the BFI, a never before seen, silent version of MR Jame's goosflesh story Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You. 1956, a whole 12 years before the Jonathan Miller version and with a much more frightening elemental.
Yeah. Learn everything in advance and always know exactly where to put things -even if you’ve never heard of them before - on a site with the worst search function on the planet.
I often listen to the Librivox readings at bedtime.
As I may have mentioned, the bit in Casting the Runes where the loathsome creatures crawl among the horrified children goes well with drifting off and having a cat nuzzle your face...
I'm a big fan of Robert Lloyd Parry's live versions...
I'm a big M.R. James, though I've managed to still not read a few of the stories and there are perhaps ten or so that I've only read once and don't recall well. I tend to revisit the ones I love over and over, I prefer hearing them read aloud to reading, which is understandable given that that is precisely what they were written for. I love the Lee readings from 2000, I always hoped he'd do more of those, even when he was very old, as they simply involved him sitting and speaking.
Mark Gatiss: Why ghost stories are perfect for Christmas
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/art...s-why-ghost-stories-are-perfect-for-christmasMark Gatiss is bringing the Christmas ghost story tradition back to life with The Dead Room on BBC Four. The League of Gentlemen and Sherlock star tells ALASTAIR McKAY all about his longstanding love of a festive fright – and his plans for the greatest vampire of them all, Dracula.
Haven't seen the Ash Tree but have read the story...not a good idea for an arachnophobic :spider:And they're showing two 1970s Ghost Stories for Christmas after it, Lost Hearts and The Ash Tree, both James I think. Don't believe I've seen The Ash Tree, but I'm not sure.