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Classic Serial: The Turn of the Screw


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By Henry James. A new version of the classic Victorian ghost story. When a new young governess arrives at Bly, a remote country house in Essex, she fears that her two young charges may be hiding a dark secret. Dramatised by Neville Teller. Director Peter Leslie Wild Repeated on Saturday at 9pm

A country house, two children, their new governess and ghostly goings-on in Henry James's The Turn of theScrew The Turn of the Screw

3.00pm R4 FM Henry James's novel must be one of the scariest stories of all time, so close the curtains and get ready for the hairs on your arms to stand on end in this dramatisation by Neville Teller. The story centres on a young governess, sent to a country house to look after a London gentleman's nephew and niece. The children, Miles and Flora, seem almost too angelic to be true at first, but who is that man with curly red hairand sharp eyes that keeps staring at Miles, and why is Flora getting out of bed at night to look at a mysterious woman in the garden? Cathy Sara (whom you may remember as Lauren Walsh from The Archers, one of the women who had the misfortune of being two-timed by Tom Archer) plays the governess who may have stumbled upon some evil ghostly forces at work or, alternatively, could easily be a psychologically damaged woman who poses a potentially terrible danger to her charges.


Author: Henry James
Dramatist: Neville Teller
Director: Peter Leslie
Governess: Cathy Sara
Mrs Grose: Tina Gray
Miles: Joseph Tremain
Flora: Lulu Popplewell
Douglas: Robert Uster
Griffin: Ian Brooker
Sir George: Jonathan Keeble

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Classic Serial: The Turn of the Screw

BBC Radio 4 FM, 25 July 2004 15.00

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