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The Lost Ghost Story with Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss steps into the mind of MR James, the English master of the supernatural tale, attempting to uncover the inspiration behind stories that chill readers a century on.

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.

58 minutes

Last on

Christmas Eve 2020 23:15

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


Role Contributor
Presenter Mark Gatiss
Producer John Das
Director John Das
Executive Producer Michael Poole
MR James Robert Lloyd Parry
Chitchat Society Member Martin Bassindale
Chitchat Society Member Adam Collier
Chitchat Society Member Harry de Moraville
Chitchat Society Member Peter Edwards
Chitchat Society Member Alec Fellows-Bennett


  • Christmas Day 2013 22:05
  • Christmas Eve 2017 21:00
  • Christmas Day 2019 00:00
  • Christmas Eve 2020 23:15

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