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Sunday 20 April 2014

things that go bump on SUNDAY NIGHT

Ghost stories, which depend so much on atmosphere and on a willing suspension of disbelief, are notoriously difficult to bring off on screen, but the opening instalment of The Secret of Crickley Hall (BBC One) was genuinely spooky.

Based on a novel by James Herbert, this three-parter concerns a family whose young son has vanished in London taking up temporary residence in a gothic pile where dire things were done to schoolchildren in the 1940s.

Suranne Jones and Tom Ellis were affecting as the parents trying to rebuild their lives, but the creaking doors and the rooms not as empty as they first seemed were the real stars. I certainly got a few shivers and hope to get a few more from tomorrow night's second episode.

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