Ghost Stories for Christmas: The Definitive Collection

This superb box set brings together all 12 of the celebrated BBC ghost stories.

As a Christmas treat in the late 1960s and 70s, the BBC produced adaptations of ghost stories based in the works of MR James, Charles Dickens and other authors, which were broadcast to terrified viewers in the dead of winter. This was a tradition that was briefly revived by the BBC between 2007 and 2010.

These adaptations, which have a subtlety and style all of their own, have been a major influence on many contemporary British horror filmmakers and have come to be some of the most sought after British TV titles of all time by their legions of eager fans.

This superb box set brings together all 12 of these celebrated films:

  • Whistle and I’ll Come to You (1968)
  • The Stalls of Barchester (1971)
  • A Warning to the Curious (1972)
  • Lost Hearts (1973)
  • The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974)
  • The Ash Tree (1975)
  • The Signalman (1976)
  • Stigma (1977)
  • The Ice House (1978)
  • A View from a Hill (2005)
  • Number 13 (2006)
  • Whistle and I’ll Come to You (2010)

Special features

Disc 1

  • Jonathan Miller and Christopher Frayling discuss Whistle and I’ll Come to You (BBC, 2012, 3 mins)
  • MR James’ original story, ‘Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’, read by Neil Brand (2001, 42 mins)
  • Introduction to Whistle and I’ll Come to You by horror writer Ramsey Campbell (2001, 16 mins)
  • Ramsey Campbell reads his own MR James-inspired story ‘The Guide’ (2001, 27 mins)

Disc 2

  • Introduction to The Stalls of Barchester by director Lawrence Gordon Clark (2012, 10 mins)
  • Introduction to A Warning to the Curious by director Lawrence Gordon Clark (2012, 12 mins)
  • Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee ‘The Stalls of Barchester by MR James’ (2000, Eleanor Yule, 30 mins)
  • Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee ‘A Warning to the Curious by MR James’ (2000, Eleanor Yule, 30 mins)

Disc 3

  • Introduction to Lost Hearts, The Treasure of Abbot Thomas and The Ash Tree by Lawrence Gordon Clark (2012, 11 mins, 11 mins, 8 mins)

Disc 4

  • Introduction to The Signalman by Lawrence Gordon Clark (2012, 11 mins)
  • Introduction to Stigma by Lawrence Gordon Clark (2012, 9 mins)
  • Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee  ‘Number 13 by MR James’ (2000, Eleanor Yule, 30 mins)

Disc 5

  • Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee ‘Number 13 by MR James’ (2000, Eleanor Yule, 30 mins)

Product information

    • Certificate

      15

    • Colour

      Colour

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      480mins

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Catalogue number

      BFIVD964

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