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Ellen West - web producer | 11:50 UK time, Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Forgive me for talking about Christmas already, but I've just heard about what sounds like a delicious treat for the festive season. Mark Gatiss has written a ghost story called Crooked House for BBC Four, in the spirit of the MR James tales the channel has shown in previous years.

Mark Gatiss
Mark Gatiss on the set of Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead

The drama will tell three stories in one, hopefully in the spirit of great portmanteau tales like Dead of Night. I have high hopes, as the channel did a great job with the very creepy A View from a Hill, although another MR James adaptation, Number 13, was less convincing. The casting is also interesting - featuring not only Mark Gatiss, Julian Rhind-Tutt (Green Wing) and Anna Madeley (Brideshead Revisited), but also Derren Brown in his first dramatic role.

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