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Spooky MR James Adaptation For BBC2 This Christmas

Luther writer adapting ghost story Oh, Whistle And I'll Come To You

BBC2 has commissioned a modern reworking of the MR James story Oh, Whistle And I’ll Come To You to be shown as a one-off drama at Christmas.

Losing its Oh, the TV version of Whistle And I'll Come To You will be written by Neil Cross, the guy behind police thriller Luther . The story focuses on one man's encounter with an apparition on a desolate British beach - and how this haunting begins to hound him.

Cross's adaptation delves into themes of ageing, hubris and the supernatural, adding a terrifying psychological twist in the tale to this family hearthside favourite. The press release, intriguingly, describes it as a mix of The Orphange , The Shining and Japanese horror movies. That sounds like some heady mix.

Jonathan Miller previous directed a version of the story for the BBC in 1968 (pictured) starring Michael Hordern.

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