In the rush of the Seasonal Stuff, including a veritable blizzard of walking tours, I didn't find time to put this up for your yuletide enjoyment.
No, it's not about Oxford, per se, though it does concern the fate of an intellectually snobbish Oxbridge Don circa early 1900s, and remains one of my ab favs!
So here is the classic TV adaptation of one of the finest ghost stories in the English language. Written by M R James (1 August 1862 – 12 June 1936), author, Medieval scholar and Provost of both Kings College, Cambridge and Eton, James is rightly seen as both creator and master of the 'antiquarian ghost story' genre.
Directed by Jonathan Miller, this 1968 black and white masterpiece sees Michael Horden play Prof Parkin, a reclusive yet pompous Cambridge don on holiday on the north Norfolk coast, to a confused and increasingly alarmed perfection. A moral tale of the dangers of overweening intellectual pride, Miller's small-screen adaptation was game changing in its approach to James' work and prompted the adaptation of other James ghost stories as Christmas treats. It is still.
"A masterpiece of economical horror that remains every bit as chilling as the day it was first broadcast." (BFI)