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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