Thursday, January 12, 2012

NEWS: BBC To Adapt The Secret Of Crickley Hall

The BBC is planning a three-part adaptation of James Herbert's haunted house novel, The Secret Of Crickley Hall.

As reported at SFX, The Secret Of Crickley Hall ''is about a family who relocate to a rain-swept house in a Devonshire town called Devil’s Cleave – which sounds like a bad move already. It turns out that during World War II, the village was decimated by a flood. Crickley Hall was home to a group of poor orphans evacuated from London to live in spooksville under the care of the sadistic Augustus Cribben, who terrorised, starved and beat them. The orphans were seemingly washed away by the flood and now their lost spirits haunt the hall, pursued by the monstrous figure of Cribben.''

The TV adaptation, which will air around Halloween, features three, sixty-minute episodes, directed by Doctor Who and Ultraviolet's Joe Ahearn.

During the 1970s the BBC produced a number of excellent supernatural dramas, so here's hoping we see a return to that golden era with this production. No word on when - or if - non-UK residents will get to see this drama, but here's hoping BBC America pick it up for broadcast.

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