The BBC have announced that they will be screening an adaptation of James’ book The Secret of Crickley Hall, in time for Halloween.  The drama will be set over three parts and stars Suranne Jones (Coronation Street, Scott & Bailey) as Eve Caleigh and Tom Ellis (Miranda, The Fades) as Gabe Caleigh.  Also starring are Douglas Henshall (Primeval, South Riding), David Warner (Wallander), Sarah Smart (Five Days, Wallander), Iain De Caestecker (The Fades, Young James Herriot) and Donald Sumpter (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Game Of Thrones).

Written and directed by Joe Ahearne (Doctor Who, Ultraviolet), the three-part drama will see the leading characters Eve (Suranne Jones) and Gabe (Tom Ellis) move their family into Crickley Hall to try and rebuild their lives a year after their little boy goes missing.

Told in a dual timeframe, this is a modern day ghost story with cellar doors opening on their own, childrens cries through the night and water seeping through impervious rock.  As events unfold and the Caleighs decide to leave Crickley Hall, Eve hears the voice of her missing son.  Can they find the connection between Crickley Hall and their lost child before the evil that lurks inside finds their other children?

I can’t wait for this to hit our screens later in the year.  It has a great cast and if it is as much of a success as I hope it will be, then maybe we will see more of James’ work on the TV or in film.


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