Tag: Christmas

Christmas is a Christian festival, celebrated in December, that incorporates many traditions associated with the pagan Yule tide. It is a time many enjoy reading ghost stories, like A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

The Ice House 1978 REVIEW

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The Ice House 1978 was a anaemic conclusion to the classic A Ghost Story for Christmas series, says RICHARD MARKWORTH

Haunted: Poor Girl 1974 REVIEW

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RICHARD PHILLIPS-JONES on ITV’s second eerie tale for Christmas 1974: Poor Girl

A Warning To The Curious 1972 REVIEW

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RICHARD MARKWORTH takes a look at A Warning To The Curious, the BBC's 1972 annual A Ghost Story for Christmas

The Stalls of Barchester 1971 REVIEW

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Robert Hardy as Dr Haynes in The Stalls of Barchester
The Stalls of Barchester first screened on the BBC on 24 December 1971 - 50 years ago tonight. RICHARD MARKWORTH takes a look back...

Ghosts Christmas Special 2021 REVIEW

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Ghosts Christmas Special 2021
Ghosts Christmas Special 2021 is a spooky highlight of the festive season, says DAVID SAUNDERSON

Haunted: The Ferryman 1974 REVIEW

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A writer of creepy novels finds one of his tales coming to life, with him in the lead role. RICHARD PHILLIPS-JONES revisits an ITV ghost story for Christmas 1974, The Ferryman.

10 A Christmas Carol Facts You Need To Know

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A Christmas Carol is a spooky festival perennial, but did you know these 10 intriguing facts about Dickens' tale of ghostly redemption, from CALLUM CAMPBELL?

Charles Dickens’ ghost haunts Birmingham each Christmas

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Charles Dickens Ghost
The ghost of Charles Dickens returns to Birmingham Town Hall each year to give a spectral reading of his Christmas classic, says ANDREW HOMER

The Treasure of Abbot Thomas 1974 TV REVIEW

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The Treasure of Abbot Thomas
RICHARD MARKWORTH looks back on The Treasure of Abbot Thomas, first broadcast on the BBC for A Ghost Story for Christmas, on 23 December 1974 at 11.35pm.

Haunted Episode Guide: 1974 Anthology Series

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An unsung response by ITV to the BBC’s Ghost Stories For Christmas? RICHARD PHILLIPS-JONES looks at Granada’s creepy festive double-header from 1974: Haunted. Christmas 1974:...

The Christmas Eve Ghost of Curraghchase

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Curraghchase
A spectral Lady of the Lake appears each year on Christmas Eve at Curraghchase, County Limerick. ANN MASSEY tells us the eerie tale!

Real-life Christmas Ghost Stories That Will Make You Shudder

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Rufford Abbey, real Christmas ghost story
Guest writer PETER CRAWLEY reveals these real-life English hauntings eerily reminiscent of your classic Christmas ghost story...

Cold Christmas, Hertfordshire’s saddest haunted church

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Cold Christmas Lane
Cold Christmas' derelict old church in rural Hertfordshire is surrounded by dark tales of ghosts and nasty goings on, says ANDY CHAPLIN

Blackadder’s Christmas Carol 1988 TV REVIEW

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Blackadder's Christmas Carol
Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, which first aired on the BBC in 1988, is an inventive reimagining of the Dickens classic, says CHRISTINE MILLER

A Christmas Carol 1971 REVIEW

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A Christmas Carol 1971 is fine animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' immortal tale, says RICHARD PHILLIPS-JONES

A Christmas Carol 1938 REVIEW

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Jacob Marley's Ghost (Leo G. Carroll) appears to Ebenezer Scrooge (Reginald Owen) in A Christmas Carol 1938
A Christmas Carol 1938 is an uplifting if not very spooky version of the Dickens Yuletide classic, says guest writer HARRI TYSOE

The Christmas Ghost of Roos Hall, Suffolk

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Roos Hall Suffolk
Roos Hall in Suffolk is home of one of the UK's only festive ghosts, says KATE CHERRELL

Spooky Christmas Folklore You Need to Know!

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CLAIRE BARRAND reveals the spooky backgrounds to many of the ancient Christmas folklore and traditions that we still enjoy!

Mari Lwyd: How the Welsh celebrate Christmas with Horse Skull

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Mari Lwyd Horse Skull
The Mari Lwyd Christmas tradition in Wales sees locals carrying a decorated horse skulls, says CLAIRE BARRAND

Inside Number 9’s The Devil of Christmas TV REVIEW

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The Devil of Christmas Inside Number 9
CHRIS NEWTON says Inside No. 9's The Devil of Christmas adds a dark twist to your normal Christmas TV fare...

5 Chilling TV Christmas Specials by the Seaside

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The Woman in Black
MARK FRYERS gives us five great instances of the haunted seaside on British television.

Christmas Spirits 1981 TV REVIEW, rewarding yuletide fare from ITV

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Christmas Spirits 1981
MARK FRYERS highlights a little-known Christmas ITV spooky classic Christmas Spirits 1981

The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special 2000 – Yule Never Want...

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League of Gentlemen Christmas Special 2000
CHRIS NEWTON recalls the horrific but hilarious The League of Gentlemen Christmas special 2000

5 alternatives to ‘Ghost Stories for Christmas’ you may not have...

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Adrian Dunbar and Emma Thompson in The Blue Boy.
DR MARK FRYERS takes us to times of Christmas past with these little-known yuletide spookfests!

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