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The Tractate Middoth

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Summary

In a quiet academic library, John Eldred seeks the help of young Mr Garrett in his search for a seemingly obscure Hebrew text. But there is something unusual about this book and something not entirely scholarly about Eldred's intentions, and Garrett's quest unleashes terrifying apparitions and a vengeful menace from beyond the grave. Adaptation of MR James's tale, written and directed by Mark Gatiss and starring Sacha Dhawan, John Castle, Louise Jameson and Una Stubbs.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The BBC’s adaptations of MR James’s supernatural tales were the most delicious cherries in television’s Christmas puddings in the early 1970s. Sadly the tradition fell by the wayside apart from a dreadful 2010 attempt at Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad.

But MR James devotee Mark Gatiss has revived the festive chiller with his faithful adaptation (he also directs) of James’s short story, The Tractate Middoth. Sacha Dhawan is Mr Garrett, a student working in a gloomy university library. It’s an eerie place filled with shadows and iridescent, shifting motes of dust. A grim, insistent visitor wants an ancient Hebrew text that keeps vanishing from the library’s shelves as a cloaked figure stalks the hallways. To say any more would be wrong. Just turn out the lights, make something hot and milky and give yourself up to a delightful frisson of fear.

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Cast

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Mrs SimpsonLouise Jameson
GarrettSacha Dhawan
HodgsonRoy Barraclough
Miss ChambersUna Stubbs
John EldredJohn Castle
RantDavid Ryall
George EarleNicholas Burns
Mrs GoundryEleanor Bron
Anne SimpsonCharlie Clemmow
LabourerMatthew Foster

Crew

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DirectorMark Gatiss
ProducerSusie Liggat
WriterMark Gatiss

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