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18 October 2012

The Secret of Crickley Hall

Suranne Jones in The Secret of Crickley Hall - Coming soon
If you're looking for a good scare this winter then watch out for the BBC's new three part drama coming very soon... 

The Secret of Crickley Hall is based on the 2006 best-selling book by, number one horror-fiction writer, James Herbert. 

Adapted by Doctor Who and Apparitions' writer Joe Ahearne, rumours have it that he's turned out a very decent-looking haunted house horror story - I can't wait to see it.

This Spine-chilling horror drama will be airing on BBC1 in November and will star Suranne Jones (Coronation Street, Scott and Bailey) and Tom Ellis (Miranda, Fades) in the lead roles. The show also includes an all-star line-up including: David Warner, Sarah Smart, Douglas Henshall, Donald Sumpter and Iain De Caestecker.

The Plot

A year after their son, Cameron, goes missing Eve (Suranne Jones) and Gabe (Tom Ellis) decide to rent the mansion that seems to be an ideal new home - that mansion is Crickley Hall. They hope a change of scenery will be good for them all; a fresh start that should help with the healing process and put their horrible past behind them - that's what they hope! But then it starts! First Eve believes she's receiving messages from her son, then come the strange sounds from cupboards, lights go on and off,  the cellar door opens of its own accord, the sound of crying children is heard in the night, the garden swing slowly sways but there's no one on it, a spinning top spins by its self and pools of water appear on the floor of the hall -  things are starting to get scary. And, at the centre of the whole thing is a frenzied spectre and the horrible sound of a cane hitting flesh - Thwack, thwack, thwack.

The Mansion, Crickley Hall, was once a boarding school for orphans during the war, run by a vile, sick and twisted brother and sister. As the story unfolds, this drama will switch between 1943 and modern day.

What really happened at Crickley hall in 1943? Is Eve really receiving messages from her missing son? And what is the connection between Cameron and Crickley Hall?

The Book

Crickley Hall - The Book
I read the book when it first was first published and just couldn't stop reading. This really is a master-piece of storytelling. It's a cracking modern day, haunted house chiller that will keep you reading. I've read all of Mr Herbert's books (The Rats, Fluke, The Fog, Haunted, Nobody True, The Magic Cottage, and I'm now reading his latest Ash - highly recommended) but for me Crickley Hall stands out as one of his best. The characterizations are wonderful, the plot is superb - with loads of amazing twists that will leave you gasping - and the build-up is simply perfect.

If this TV adaptation turns out to be only half-as-good as James Herbert's novel then we really are in for a treat . 

The Secrets of Crickley Hall will be aired on three consecutive Sundays starting on the 18th November and finishing on the 2nd  December. Get ready to set your Sky+ and Tivo Boxes - you won't want to miss it.

To get a glipse of what to expect take a look at the trailer below...

If you've never read James Herbert...

...then you've never been frightened.

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