Gatiss and Brown for Christmas

Friday, October 10, 2008 by

Mark Gatiss is joining forces with Derren Brown to create a BBC4 Christmas ghost story.

In many ways, it feels like this is the collaboration and project that was always meant to be. Crooked House, written by Gatiss and directed by Damon Thomas is described as “a haunting tale of three sumptuous ghost stories woven together for a spooky Christmas treat.” The cast includes Julian Rhind-Tutt, Gatiss, Philip Jackson, Lee Ingleby, Jean Marsh, Samuel Barnett, Daniela Denby-Ashe, Anna Madeley and, in his debut dramatic role, Derren Brown as the mysterious Sir Roger Widdowson.

Gatiss says: “Ever since I was a child and thrilled to the BBC’s classic MR James adaptations, I’ve dreamt of sending a festive shiver down the nation’s spine.

“I’m delighted to finally have the opportunity. A fantastic cast and crew have worked incredibly hard to fulfil this long held dream.”


3 Responses to “Gatiss and Brown for Christmas”

  1. Nigel Fishwick on October 14th, 2008 6:22 pm

    It wouldn’t be Christmas without a ghost story, and BBC4 seems to be building steadily on the tradition year on year. I shall look forward t this.

  2. Paul Gatenby on October 15th, 2008 3:28 pm

    This is excellent news – BBC4′s Ghost Stories at Christmas are one of the highlights of my viewing year and the folk involved sound like they will do a good job. But surely they could have found just a small role for Clive Swift?

  3. Quentin Gee on October 16th, 2008 10:10 am

    Yes it sounds wonderful – with a fantastic cast.

    Given how unpleasant Clive Swift seems to have been on the set of “Doctor Who” last year, however, I’m personally not particularly surprised that the BBC hasn’t exactly leaped at the opportunity to cast him in this!