Derek Jacobi

The M. R. James BBC Radio Collection
  • The M. R. James BBC Radio Collection

    • M. R. James

    • Mark Gatiss (Read by)

    • James D'Arcy (Read by)

    • Anton Lesser (Read by)

    • Julian Rhind-Tutt (Read by)

    • Derek Jacobi (Read by)

    • Fenella Woolgar (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    Spine-tingling stories by M. R. James, plus a chilling original drama and two bonus programmes about his life and work

    M. R. James was the master of the uncanny. His classic supernatural stories have haunted readers for over a century, and been adapted countless times for radio, TV and film.

    This collection features dramatisations of twelve of his most popular stories – The Mezzotint; Casting the Runes; The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral; A Warning to the Curious; Rats; Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come To You, My Lad; The Tractate Middoth; Lost Hearts; The Rose Garden; Number 13; Martin’s Close and Count Magnus. Among the star-studded casts are Mark Gatiss, Derek Jacobi, James D’Arcy, Anton Lesser, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Donald Wolfit.

    Also included are a trio of readings by Benjamin Whitrow: Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook; A School Story and The Haunted Dolls’ House.

    Neil Brand’s disturbing drama The Haunting of M. R. James, starring Mark Gatiss and Fenella Woolgar, sees horrific events from James’s own stories echoed in reality.

    The life of M. R. James is discussed by Muriel Gray and Christopher Frayling in an episode of biography series Great Lives, presented by Humphrey Carpenter. Finally, in a fascinating documentary – The Ghosts of M.R. James – Michell Raper examines the author’s life and work, with readings from several of his stories.

    Running Order:
    The Mezzotint
    Casting the Runes
    The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral
    A Warning to the Curious
    Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come To You, My Lad
    The Tractate Middoth
    Lost Hearts
    The Rose Garden
    Number 13
    Canon Alberic's Scrapbook
    A School Story
    The Haunted Doll's House
    Martin's Close
    Count Magnus
    The Haunting of M. R. James
    Great Lives: M. R. James
    The Ghosts of M. R. James

Sir Derek Jacobi CBE is a renowned actor and director. In a career that has spanned over 50 years, he has appeared in a wide variety of roles on stage, film and television. He was a founder member of the National Theatre, and has played numerous Shakespeare roles including Hamlet, King Lear, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. Other notable roles include Cyrano de Bergerac, Alan Turing in Breaking the Code and starring in A Voyage Round My Father. His film credits include Little Dorrit, Gladiator, Gosford Park, The Golden Compass and The King's Speech; but he is probably best known for his television roles, primarily Claudius in I, Claudius. He starred as Cadfael in the eponymous TV series, played the Master in Doctor Who, narrated In the Night Garden and starred in Last Tango in Halifax and Vicious. Among his many awards are two Laurence Olivier Awards (for Cyrano de Bergerac and Twelfth Night), a Tony Award for Best Actor (for Much Ado about Nothing), a BAFTA Award for Best Actor (for I, Claudius), two Emmy Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. He was awarded a CBE in 1985 and a Knight Bachelor (for services to drama) in 1994. He lives with his partner in North London.

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