Tuesday 19th March, 6.30pm, BFI, 21 Stephen Street, London, W1T 1LN
Our next screening will be slightly later this month (all future screenings will continue to be the second Tuesday of the month). We’ll be showing three short television adaptations of literary ghost stories, originally broadcast by the BBC in the late 1960s and 70s, and recently brought together on the BFI’s excellent ‘Ghost Stories for Christmas’ boxset. Based on the words of MR James, Charles Dickens and other authors, these atmospheric adaptations used to be broadcast to terrified audiences on dark winter nights.
· Whistle and I’ll Come to You (1968) 42 mins
Based on M.R James’ story ‘O, Whistle and I’ll Come to You’, this adaptation tells the tale of an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a remote coastal village.
· The Signalman (1976) 37 mins
Based on ‘The Signal Man’, an 1866 short story by Charles Dickens, this is the tale of a traveller who encounters a solitary signalman warning of imminent danger .
· Lost Hearts (1973) 35 mins
Based on an M.R James story, this adaptation is about a young boy sent to stay with his reclusive cousin at a remote country mansion.