Title A Christmas Ghost Story: Not One Returns to Tell Degree of recognition Regional Media name/outlet BBC Media type Radio Duration/Length/Size 75 minutes Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 13/12/2017 Description Ghost stories are a long-established part of Christmas festivities. And they have been a popular feature of the BBC’s work as well.
BBC radio gave a new twist to this story-telling tradition in a radio play broadcast from Belfast on Christmas Eve, 1937. Not One Returns to Tell was written by Denis Johnston (who had recently joined the BBC’s staff in Northern Ireland) and described ghostly goings-on during an outside broadcast from a north Antrim hotel. It was an innovative piece of programme-making and anticipated some of the techniques that would later become famous as a result of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds. Intriguingly, the listing that appeared in The Radio Times warned people who might be "prone to nervousness.. not to listen to this programme" – which probably had the desired effect of boosting listening figures!
We’ll be stepping back in time in the company of the wonderful Wireless Mystery Theatre in a performance that will take place just a few yards away from the location of Not One Returns To Tell’s original, eerie broadcast 80 years ago. And Dr Leon Litvack, who is well-known to BBC audiences as an expert on Charles Dickens, will provide an introduction on the tradition of Christmas ghost stories.
Producer/Author Mark Adair, BBC Head of Corporate and Community Affairs URL www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/christmas_ghost_story_13dec17 Persons Leon Litvack
- A Christmas Carol
- Ghost Stories
- Broadcast history
- Johnston, Dennis