From Time to Time

From Time to Time

Julian Fellowes (2009)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Slipping between the 1940s and the Napoleonic era, the tale of Mancunian evacuee Alex Etel's encounter with a spectral black page boy brought back from the West Indies by his ancestor is a complex but compelling affair. Adapted from the children's novel The Chimneys of Green Knowe, it will probably appeal less to modern kids than grown-ups raised on Lucy M Boston's atmospheric stories about a magical manor house. Nevertheless, writer/director Julian Fellowes invests the action with plenty of nostalgic warmth and his restrained use of special effects is admirable. Dominic West steals scenes as the villainous butler, who hatches a plot to harm Etel and his 19th-century friends, while Maggie Smith exudes wistful affection as Etel's grandmother, who knows everything about the family's history and is never surprised by her home's capacity for enchantment and adventure.


A 13-year-old boy is evacuated to his grandmother's house during the Second World War. He discovers that her ancestral home is haunted by ghosts, and as he grows more familiar with the spirits he learns more about his family's long-buried secrets. Family fantasy adventure, starring Alex Etel, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Dominic West and Carice van Houten.

Cast & Crew

Linnet Maggie Smith
Boggis Timothy Spall
Caxton Dominic West
Maria Carice van Houten
Susan Eliza Bennett
Captain Oldknow Hugh Bonneville
Sefton Douglas Booth
Tolly Alex Etel
TBC Harriet Walter
Mrs Tweedie Pauline Collins
Director Julian Fellowes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Ealing (no longer owned by) Delanic FilmsAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Sep 2010