Landscape, season and identity in Ghost Story for Christmas

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The BBC Ghost Story for Christmas used the English landscape in which it was set to engage with a series of associations of national identity, as well as to enhance the feeling of isolation experienced by the protagonists. This was further enhanced by the representation of the seasons within these productions, which typically emphasised an autumnal landscape. This suggested a liminal period, neither summer nor winter, and one which presented environments of rustling vegetation and trees through which supernatural figures may be glimpsed or heard approaching. While the Ghost Story for Christmas is by no means alone in using these environments and associations, the importance of their presentation of landscape to their identity has been recognised by reviewers, with the presentation itself emphasising the narratives’ disruption of any sense of naturalness and certainty to narratives of human, English history and so identity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-118
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Popular Television
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2018


  • Ghost Story for Christmas
  • Television
  • Seasonality
  • Landscape
  • National identity
  • Horror

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cultural Studies


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