Video: Two Adaptations of M. R. James’ “Whistle and I’ll Come Back to You”
The ghost stories of M.R. James are something of a Christmas Tradition in the UK. And this year is no exception with BBC 2 airing a brand new adaptation of arguably his best known ghost story “Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” staring John Hurt (above).
But we thought the readers of Ghost Radio might like to view several earlier adaptations of the story. First up Robert Powell giving an effective staged reading of an edited version of the original text:
And after the jump we have Jonathan Miller’s 1968 adaptation for the series “Omnibus”.
This teleplay proves that an adaptation need not be faithful to be both intelligent and genuinely effecting. We especially love Michael Hordern‘s nuanced performance in the lead role.
We hope you enjoyed those two adaptations of this classic tale, and they gave you a yuletide shiver or three. And if you still haven’t tired of adaptations here’s a special bonus. A BBC radio adaptation from 1962 which also stars Michael Hordern in the title role: