MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL

1936 / BBC

Writer: T.S. Eliot.

Drama in verse (containing a ghost scene) about the last few days of Thomas à Becket before his martyrdom. Live broadcast.

Starring Robert Speaight.

Murder in the Cathedral (Wikipedia).

 

THE MONKEY'S PAW

Jan 7th 1938 (rpt 11 Jan 1938) / BBC.

Writer: Louis N Parker (Based on a story by W W Jacobs) / Producer: Moultrie R. Kelsall.

Supernatural drama which was billed as "A Play In Three Scenes". A monkey's paw, has the power to grant its owner three wishes. A family use it to wish for money but with devastating consequences. Live broadcast.

Read the story here.

 

TOBIAS AND THE ANGEL

1 May 1938 / BBC.

Writer: James Bridie.

Drama about the adventures of a man called Tobias, his dog, and the Angel Raphael (in disguise). Live broadcast.

 

JULIUS CAESAR

July 1938 / BBC.

Shakespeare's historical play features an appearance by the ghost of Caesar. A "penumbrascope" was used in the live broadcast to create backgrounds.

 

DR. ANGELUS

1948 / BBC.

Writer: James Bridie.

Supernatural drama.

With: Alastair Sim, George Cole.

 

SATURDAY NIGHT STORIES

1948 - '49 / BBC.

A series of supernatural tales read by the author, Algernon Blackwood.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

25 & 27 Dec 1950 (125 mins) / BBC.

Writer & Producer: Eric Fawcett

Dramatisation of the famous Charles Dickens story. Performed live and starring Bransby Williams as Scrooge.

A Christmas Carol (EOFFTV)

 

THE WONDERFUL VISIT

3 Feb 1952 / BBC.

An Angel pays a visit to an English country village.

With: Kenneth Williams.

 

THE BESPOKE OVERCOAT

Feb 1954 / BBC.

Writer: Wolf Mankowitz (based on a story by Nicolai Gogol).

A tailor is persuaded to steal an old coat by the ghost of the man who used to wear it!

Starring: Alfie Bass, David Kossoff.

The Bespoke Overcoat (WIKI).

 

THE MONKEY'S PAW

10 May 1954 / BBC.

Short story by W W Jacobs.

Drama. A monkey's paw, has the power to grant its owner three wishes. A family use it to wish for money but with devastating consequences.

Read the story here.

 

TWO GHOST STORIES BY M R JAMES

14 Oct 1954 / BBC.

Producer/ Adaptation: Tony Richardson.

Two stories by M R James, narrated with various special FX added live.
1. Canon Alberic's scrapbook. 2. The Mezzotint.

Narrators: Robert Farquharson, George Rose.

 

THE CREATURE

30 Jan and 3 Feb 1955 / BBC.

Writer: Nigel Kneale / Producer: Rudolf Cartier.

Dr. John Rollason and his team search the Himalayas for the mythical Yeti, a man-sized beast with telepathic powers. Performed live with pre-filmed inserts.

With: Peter Cushing, Stanley Baker.

The Creature ("British Television Drama").

 

COLONEL MARCH OF SCOTLAND YARD

1955 - 56 (26 eps) / ITV.

A detective series which forayed occasionally into the realm of the supernatural. The relevant episodes are:

(6) The Abominable Snowman: The Colonel investigates reports of a Yeti on the slopes of Mount Everest.

(7) The Case of the Lively Ghost: A fake medium gets a shock when she thinks she may have summoned up a real spirit.

(8) The Sorceror.

(22) Present Tense: A widow believes she has contacted the spirit of her dead husband.

(26) The Talking Head: A man communicates with his dead father through a marble bust on the mantelpiece.

Starring Boris Karloff as Colonel March.

Colonel March of Scotland Yard (Wikipedia).

 

THE LAST REUNION

3 Dec 1955 / ITV ("TV Playhouse").

Supernatural drama about a bomber crew in WW2.

 

DAYS OF GRACE

14 Sep 1956 / BBC.

A Scottish Ghost Story.

 

HOUR OF MYSTERY

15 Jun - 7 Sep 1957 (10 eps) / ITV.

Producer: John Nelson Burton.

Drama anthology featuring some supernatural episodes.

Hosted by Donald Wolfit.

Hour of Mystery (British Film Institute).

 

VOODOO WEDDING - WHITE HUNTER

15 Oct 1958 / ITV (Granada).

Writer: Lee Loeb / Director: Ernest Morris

An episode in the series White Hunter (1957-58), about a Big Game hunter (appropriately called John Hunter) and his African assistant Atimbu. A young woman believes she may have become the victim of a Voodoo spell.

With: Rhodes Reason, Harry Baird, Gene Anderson.

Voodoo in British film and TV - The Zone guide.

 

THE WITCHING HOUR

2 Nov 1958 / ITV (Armchair theatre).

(No further details at present).

 

THE CRUCIBLE

1959 / Granada.

Writer: Arthur Miller.

Drama about the Salem witchcraft trials.

With: Sean Connery and Susannah York.