James Herbert Horror Story Adapted For BBC

The Secret Of Crickley Hall sets sail for the small-screen.

11 Mar 2012
by Steve O'Brien


Suranne Jones is set to star in The Secret of Crickley Hall

Suranne Jones has signed on to headline a new haunted house drama for BBC One this Autumn.


Adapted from the best-selling novel by James (The Rats) Herbert, The Secret Of Crickley Hall tells the story of a family who move to Crickley Hall to start a new life after their son goes missing. But they quickly discover the building is haunted, and events there begin to terrorise them.


Jones will be joined by Miranda actor Tom Ellis, Primeval's Douglas Henshall and David (Give This Man A Knighthood) Warner.


Jones, who played Idris in the Doctor Who episode, The Doctor's Wife, last year, called the storyline a "classic haunted house spine-chiller." Written and directed by Joe Ahearne (Ultraviolet), this three-part drama is a modern day ghost story especially for Halloween. Joe Ahearne says, "Everyone loves a good ghost story and James Herbert is an iconic writer in the genre. He's come up with a really thrilling and moving story that delights you while it's terrifying you. It's a testament to his craft that we've attracted such a great cast to play the characters he created."


This commission comes after the success of another, oh-so-British, haunted house story, The Woman In Black. The Hammer adaptation of Susan Hill's novel recently became the most successful British horror film since records began 20 years ago. The movie topped the UK box office for three weeks and has taken a total of £14.5m since it was released in February.



James Herbert Horror Story Adapted For BBC
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