Christmas Spirits

On a CHRISTMAS evening 50 years ago, a small group of people gathered together in a Middlesbrough sitting room for their weekly Spiritualist Circle.

They'd been meeting regularly since April 1946 and had - to their own satisfaction at least - frequently witnessed the plainly visible forms of ""spirit people"".

They'd kept written records of who came into their midst and what they said.

But that night, they had something new in the room.

An early tape recorder.

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On a CHRISTMAS evening 50 years ago, a small group of people gathered together in a Middlesbrough sitting room for their weekly Spiritualist Circle.

They'd been meeting regularly since April 1946 and had - to their own satisfaction at least - frequently witnessed the plainly visible forms of ""spirit people"".

They'd kept written records of who came into their midst and what they said.

But that night, they had something new in the room.

An early tape recorder.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921220]

Eight plays "to haunt thy days And chill thy dreaming nights" (Keats) 1: The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain Charles Dickens ' last

Christmas story, about a man tormented by his past.

Dramatised by Jill Brooke Producer Glyn Dearman

Director Kay Patrick. Stereo ("A Christmas Carol" on Christmas Day at 2.00pm) 0 DRAMA: page 15

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921220]

Unknown: Charles Dickens

Dramatised By: Jill Brooke

Producer: Glyn Dearman

Director: Kay Patrick.

Redlaw / Ghost: Michael Tudor Barnes

Charles Dickens: John Moffatt

Milly Swidger: Dilys Laye

William Swidger: Ronald Herdman

Philip Swidger: Godfrey Kenton

George Swidger: Timothy Carlton

Adolphus Tetterby: Timothy Bateson

Sophia Tetterby: Maxine Audley

Johnny Tetterby: Stuart Heath

Adolphus Tetterby Jnr: Winston Eade

Denham: Andrew Wincott

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921225]

2: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Starring

Dramatised by Christopher Denys Music: Elizabeth Parker

Director Janet Whitaker. Stereo

(Third play tomorrow 7.50pm)

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921225]

Unknown: Charles Dickens.

Dramatised By: Christopher Denys

Music: Elizabeth Parker

Director: Janet Whitaker.

Ebenezer Scrooge: Michael Gough

Narrator: Freddie Jones

Ghost of Marley: Robert Eddison

Scrooge's Nephew: Douglas Hodge

Mrs Dilbur: Anna Wing

Ghost of Christmas Past: Elizabeth Lindsay

Ghost of Christmas Present: Peter Woodthorpe

Bob Cratchit: Danny Schiller

Mrs Cratchit: Vivian Pickles

Mr Fezdwig: Timothy Bateson

Mrs Fezawig: Maxine Audley

Young Scrooge: Andrew Wincott

Scrooge's Niece: Petra Markham

Tiny Tim: Hugo Mendez

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921226]

3: After Supper Ghost

Stories by Jerome K Jerome. Christmas Eve 1891. In

Laburnum Grove, Tooting, Aunt Maria's lobsters are not the only frights on the menu.

With Neil Brand on the pianoforte Adapted by Paul Wetherby

Director David Blount. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921226]

Stories By: Jerome K Jerome.

Unknown: Neil Brand

Adapted By: Paul Wetherby

Director: David Blount.

Narrator: Dinsdale Landen

Uncle John: Geoffrey Matthews

Aunt Maria: Linda Polan

MrCoombes: Roger Hammond

Teddy Biffles: Jonathan Tafler

Mr Scrubbles: David Holt

Ghost of a Sinful Man: John Baddeley

Constable: Philip Anthony

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921228]

4: The Exorcism by Don Taylor.

Everything was set for "the great festival of the belly"...

Music: Herbert Chappell

Director Don Taylor. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921228]

Unknown: Don Taylor.

Music: Herbert Chappell

Director: Don Taylor.

Rachel: Susan Fleetwood

Margaret: Sara Kestelman

Edmund: Kenneth Haigh

Dan: Norman Rodway

Newsreader: Peter Penry Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921229]

5: Blithe Spirit

Noel Coward 's farce of the spirit world, set in the living-room of the Condomines' house in Kent.

Director Glyn Dearman Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921229]

Unknown: Noel Coward

Director: Glyn Dearman

Charles Condomine: Paul Eddington

Ruth Condomine: Julia McKenzie

Elvira: Anna Massey

Madame Arcati: Peggy Mount

Dr Bradford: Richard Pearson

Mrs Bradford: Jane Wenham

Edith: Jill Lidstone

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921230]

6: Jonas by J C W Brook. Two couples innocently toy with a ouija board, but the board is cursed.

Director Ian Cotterell. Stereo (First broadcast in 1975)

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921230]

Director: Ian Cotterell.

Max Brown: Julian Holloway

Julie Brown: Anna Cropper

Hugo Stevens: John Rye

Pat Stevens: Prunella Scales

Mohammet Asif: David March

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921231]

7: The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde.

Hiram B Otis has bought Canterville Chase - complete with ghost.

Piano played by David Dorward Dramatised by Nick McCarty

Director Hamish Wilson. Stereo (Final play tomorrow)

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921231]

Unknown: Oscar Wilde.

Unknown: Hiram B Otis

Played By: David Dorward

Dramatised By: Nick McCarty

Director: Hamish Wilson.

Simon: Edward Petherbridge

Mrs Otis: Gwyneth Guthrie

Stripes: Eileen McCallum

Stars: Mary Riggans

Mrs Umney/Lady Kenelm: Rose McBain

Lord Canterville/Station Master: Raymond Ross

Hiram B Otis: Angus MacInnes

Cheshire/Servant: Anthony Cochrane

Lord Bilton/Rev Dampier/Policeman: John Buick

Virginia: Annemarie Zola

Washington: Paul Birchard

Anniej/Lady Cheshire: Ali Walton

Mary/Lady Sinclair: Pene Herman Smith

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930101]

8: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.

What evil influences the two children at Bly?

Dramatised by John Tydeman Music Wildredo Acosta

Director Glyn Dearman. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930101]

Unknown: Henry James.

Dramatised By: John Tydeman

Music: Wildredo Acosta

Director: Glyn Dearman.

The Governess: Charlotte Attenborough

Mrs Grose: Rosemary Leach

Miles: Sam Crane

Flora: Sara Jane Derrick

Master of Bly: Michael Tudor Barnes

Coachman: John Church

Storyteller: Jonathan Adams