Film Studies: More BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas Revisited

Ref: C3679722

Typically broadcast around Christmas Eve, the BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas were a fixture of sheduling for much of the 1970's, in recent years they have seen something of a revival with several new additons. Frequently based on the works of Edwardian Ghost Story writer M.R James, we explore in closer detail several of these celebrated productions, considering their themes, their impact then and continued appeal to this day. Core works include: The Stalls of Barchester (1971), Lost Hearts (1973), The Ash Tree (1975), Number 13 (2006), Whistle & I'll Come to You (2010).

Course aim

Revisiting the BBC's classic Ghost Stories for Christmas, examining their influences and continued appeal, furthering participants' knowlege, understanding and enthusiasm for 'Ghost Stories' and screen drama in general.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • There is no requirement to have attended any previous course.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge, fresh appreciation & understanding for Ghost Stories for Christmas
  • Critically analyse, discuss and comment on Ghost Stories for Christmas.
  • Draw from one's own knowledge and experience in expressing informed opinions when commenting on the Ghost Stories for Christmas and TV drama in general.
  • Confidently discuss the subject area and in particular any aspects of the course theme which one finds important.
  • Explain my motivation & enthusiasm for film and cinema in general and issues arising relating to the course theme.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A pen and note book would prove useful. Pre-viewing may be useful but not essential.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Film Studies: More BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas Revisited


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