Martin's Close, review: this MR James ghost story was eerie, rather than flat-out scary

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Peter Capaldi starred in Martin's Close
Peter Capaldi starred in Martin's Close Credit: BBC

 

Dollop of horror on your mince pie, darling? In recent years, the BBC has revived its “A Ghost Story for Christmas” strand, seeking to channel the spirit of macabre classics like Whistle and I’ll Come to You and keep alive the oral tradition of festive storytelling. Martin’s Close 三级成人视频(BBC Four) was the latest entry in the spectral canon. 

Based on MR James's chilling 1911 short story of the same title, this standalone half-hour drama was adapted and directed by Mark Gatiss – a James superfan who previously turned his creative hand to The Tractate Middoth.

三级成人视频The year was 1684 and “young gentleman of quality” John Martin (Game of Thrones’ Wilf Scolding) was on trial for his life, charged with slitting...

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