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A Ghost Story for Christmas is a strand of annual British short television films originally broadcast on BBC One from 1971 to 1978, and later revived in 2005 on BBC Four. With one exception, the original instalments are directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark and the films are all shot on 16 mm colour film. The remit behind the series was to provide a television adaptation of a classic ghost story referencing the oral tradition of telling supernatural tales at Christmas.

Series Cast

  1. Clive Swift as

    Clive Swift

    2 Episodes

  2. David Burke as Gunton, Hotel Landlord and Patten

    David Burke

    Gunton, Hotel Landlord, Patten

    2 Episodes

  3. John Hurt as James Parkin

    John Hurt

    James Parkin

    1 Episode

  4. Gemma Jones as Alice Parkin

    Gemma Jones

    Alice Parkin

    1 Episode

  5. Lesley Sharp as Hetty

    Lesley Sharp


    1 Episode

  6. Sophie Thompson as Carol

    Sophie Thompson


    1 Episode

  7. Robert Hardy as

    Robert Hardy

    1 Episode

  8. Peter Vaughan as

    Peter Vaughan

    1 Episode

  9. Denholm Elliott as

    Denholm Elliott

    1 Episode

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Last Season

Season 1

1971 • 17 Episodes

Season 1 of A Ghost Story for Christmas premiered on December 24, 1971.

Lot No. 249

(1x17, December 24, 2023)

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A Ghost Story for Christmas
A Ghost Story for Christmas


Status Returning Series


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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