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MR James: Ghost Writer

Mark Gatiss steps into the mind of MR James, the enigmatic English master of the supernatural story. How did this donnish Victorian bachelor, conservative by nature and a devout Anglican, come to create tales that continue to chill readers more than a century on?

Mark attempts to uncover the secrets of James's inspiration, taking an atmospheric journey from James's childhood home in Suffolk to Eton, Cambridge and France, venturing into ancient churches, dark cloisters and echoing libraries along the way.

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1 hour

Last on

Christmas Eve 2017 21:00

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Robert Lloyd Parry reads extracts from M.R. James’s most chilling stories:


Role Contributor
PresenterMark Gatiss
ProducerJohn Das
DirectorJohn Das
Executive ProducerMichael Poole
MR JamesRobert Lloyd Parry
Chitchat Society MemberMartin Bassindale
Chitchat Society MemberAdam Collier
Chitchat Society MemberHarry de Moraville
Chitchat Society MemberPeter Edwards
Chitchat Society MemberAlec Fellows-Bennett

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