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A Ghost Story for Christmas: The Mezzotint airs Fri 24 Dec on BBC Two



1923. Edward Williams (Rory Kinnear), gentleman and amateur golfer, lives an untroubled life as the curator of a small university museum. His speciality is the topography of the British Isles. So when an art dealer sends him details of an interesting engraving – a mezzotint – of an old country house, he’s intrigued.

When the picture arrives, however, it seems perfectly ordinary – until Williams notices a figure in the picture where there was none before. A cloaked figure, with a skull-like head and legs that are horribly thin. Soon, within the mezzotint, the figure seems to be on the move across the moonlit lawn towards the house with murderous intent.

Long-forgotten secrets rise to the surface as Williams and his friends summon all the rational forces at their command to confront the impossible.

Mark Gatiss’s writes and directs this adaptation of MR James’s supernatural tale, with Rory Kinnear, Robert Bathurst (Garwood) and Frances Barber (Mrs Ambrigail).

Airdate: Friday 24 December 2021 at 10.30pm on BBC Two.