Mark Gatiss is turning director for the festive season and has called upon his fellow Sherlock star Una Stubbs to help bring his adaptation of MR James’s ghost story The Tractate Middoth to life.
Stubbs, who plays landlady Mrs Hudson in Sherlock, has accepted a leading role in the short film by Gatiss (who both writes and stars in Sherlock). The thirty-minute chiller will air on BBC2 this Christmas.
The story, which will also feature former Doctor Who companion Louise Jameson, tells the spooky tale of rather strange goings on in a library, when a ghostly being is released from a book.
David Ryall (The Village), Eleanor Bron (Absolutely Fabulous), Nick Burns (Nathan Barley) and Roy Barraclough (Coronation Street) will also star.
“The wonderful adaptations of MR James’s tales that I saw on TV as a child have been a lasting inspiration to me,” said Gatiss.
“I’m delighted to restore the tradition of a BBC Ghost Story for Christmas and bring to life a personal favourite – The Tractate Middoth – one of James’s most atmospheric, thrilling, and downright scary tales.”
Gatiss is also working on a documentary about the Victorian author to air during the Christmas period.