Screenshot from the BBC television adaptation of "Lost Hearts" (1973). A second collection of tales from the master of ghost stories, M. R. James, whose stories have for many years inspired the BBC's A Ghost Story for Christmas TV adaptations. As a Christmas treat in the late 1960s and 70s, the BBC produced adaptations of ghost stories based on the works of MR James, the Cambridge academic and author of some of the most spine-tingling tales in the English language, which were broadcast to terrified viewers in the dead of winter. To audiences hardened by the slick horrors of modern Halloween, the BBC’s ghost films from the 1970s can seem tame. The drama will be complemented by a documentary, MR James: Ghost Writer, in which Mark Gatiss steps into the mind of MR James, the enigmatic English master of the supernatural story. In my earliest encounters with the works of M. R. James, I was undoubtedly influenced by the BBC (and also ITV) television adaptations of some of his stories, particularly the classic BBC A Ghost Story for Christmas series which featured M. R. James stories every year from 1971 to 1975. As a Christmas treat in the late 1960s and 70s, the BBC produced adaptations of ghost stories based on the works of MR James, the Cambridge academic and author of some of the most spine-tingling tales in the English language, which were broadcast to terrified viewers in the dead of winter. A staple Yuletide treat for TV viewers in the 1970s was the BBC’s annual ‘Ghost Story for Christmas’. "Lost Hearts" is a classic ghost story by the British author M.R. This volume includes 'A Warning to the Curious', 'The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral', 'The Mezzotint', and 'A Neighbour's Landmark'. Mark Gatiss has graced BBC Four with another Christmas ghost story this year, with 2019’s M.R James adaptation, Martin’s Close, following last year’s original The Dead Room. Despite the success of his original stories, many of James’s most ardent admirers will have first become aware of his unique style through the BBC’s A Ghost Story For Christmas. But beware, these subtly unsettling works still have the power to frighten These spare, atmospheric dramas ran from 30 to 50 minutes and drew heavily on the stories of Cambridge scholar MR James (1862-1936). This Australian boxset contains the complete nine BBC dramatisations (two versions of 'Oh Whistle And I'll come To You'), produced between 1968 and 2010, of M.R.James' classic ghost stories. Mark Gatiss steps into the mind of MR James, the enigmatic English master of the supernatural story in a special programme on BBC4 tonight - Credit: BBC The tradition of telling ghost stories … In a similar vein, the BBC also produced a short series (M. R. James' Ghost Stories for Christmas) of further readings in 2000, which featured Christopher Lee as James, who (in character) read 30-minute adaptations of "The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral", "The Ash-tree", "Number 13" and "A … Also contains the Christmas 2000 drama, with Christoper Lee as James trying out three of his ghost stories …