New Television History Symposium

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    Horror, Heritage, Nostalgia and Taste: the BBC Ghost Story for Christmas Between 1971 and 1978 BBC1 showed, each year, a Ghost Story for Christmas, mainly based on the stories of M.R.James. The strand was revived in 2005 on BBC4, with a further production appearing on that channel in 2006. Where the original productions largely drew upon a 1970s nostalgia for the Victorian / Edwardian era, the new productions showed more nostalgia for the 1970s plays and one of their predecessors, Jonathan Miller's 1968 Omnibus episode 'Whistle and I'll Come to You'. This paper considers the recursive nature of these productions and the implications of the shift from referring to literature to referring to previous television in relation to the implied audience.
    Period10 Sept 2010
    Event typeConference
    LocationNewcastle, United KingdomShow on map