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Peter Capaldi to star in Martin’s Close on BBC Four this Christmas

Peter Capaldi will star in Martin’s Close in a standalone 30-minute drama this Christmas on BBC Four. Based on M.R. James’ chilling ghost story and directed by Mark Gatiss who also directed Doctor Who.

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The storyline follows John Martin who is on trial for his life. However the innocent young girl Martin is accused of killing has been seen after her death…

Peter Capaldi will play Dolben, in a cast which also includes Wilf Scolding (Game Of Thrones) as John Martin, Simon Williams (The Archers) as Stanton, Sara Crowe (Four Weddings and a Funeral) as Sarah, James Holmes (Miranda) as Snell, Fisayo Akinade (A Very English Scandal) as William, and Elliot Levey (Murder On The Orient Express) as Judge George Jeffreys.

Mark Gatiss says: “After the delightful success of last year’s The Dead Room, it’s a fantastic privilege to continue the tradition of the Christmas Ghost story on BBC Four – and what better than one of my favourite stories by the master of them all, M.R. James?”

Cassian Harrison, Channel Editor of BBC Four, adds: “I’m delighted to welcome another of Mark Gatiss’ ghostly escapades to BBC Four after the success of last year’s The Dead Room. With a stellar cast and a plot to send a shiver down the most resolute of spines, this is a guaranteed treat for the winter nights.”

Martin’s Close will air on BBC Four this Christmas.

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