The last time we saw Peter Capaldi and Mark Gatiss team up was during Capaldi’s run as one of TV’s longest running characters, Doctor Who. That run ended at Christmas two years ago, with the moving episode Twice Upon A Time.
This Christmas, Capaldi and Gatiss are teaming up for a much spookier offering, the traditional BBC Christmas Ghost Story, BBC Media Centre reports.
Last year, Gatiss wrote and directed The Dead Room, starring Simon Callow, for the seasonal offering. This year he has adapted and directed M. R. James’s classic ghost story Martin’s Close.
The story, set in 1684, tells of John Martin, on whom suspicion falls after a murdered girl’s spirit begins tormenting him and appearing to her other neighbours. Martin is put on trial for her murder before the infamous Judge Jeffreys (the real life Hanging Judge).
The trial is slightly unusual as the innocent girl’s spirit appearing at the courtroom to take an influential part in the proceedings.
Capaldi plays the barrister Dolben, in charge of prosecuting Martin. Other cast members include Wilf Scolding (Game of Thrones) as John Martin, and Elliot Levey (Murder On The Orient Express) as Judge Jeffreys.
Gatiss says of the 30 minute drama “…. it’s a fantastic privilege to continue the tradition of the Christmas Ghost story on BBC Four – and what better than one of my favourite stories by the master of them all, M. R. James?”
Cassian Harrison, BBC Four editor added “I’m delighted to welcome another of Mark Gatiss’ ghostly escapades to BBC Four after the success of last year’s The Dead Room. With a stellar cast and a plot to send a shiver down the most resolute of spines, this is a guaranteed treat for the winter nights.”
Martin’s Close will air on BBC Four over Christmas 2019.
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