Main: Light Music and A Ghostly Entertainment

Today on Radio Riel as we wind down towards the end of the year – and of the hol­i­day sea­son – we will be fea­tur­ing a pro­gramme of British light music, along with a short series of ghost­ly short sto­ries by Edwar­dian writer E F Ben­son, broad­cast from time to time dur­ing the day. The sto­ries include How Fear Depart­ed from the Long Gallery, The Bus Con­duc­tor, and The Room In The Tow­er. Some are read by Elrik Mer­lin and oth­ers are per­formed by the Radio Riel Play­ers.

There is a long tra­di­tion of telling ghost sto­ries at Christ­mas, of which Dick­ens’ A Christ­mas Car­ol is an obvi­ous exam­ple (though the tra­di­tion prob­a­bly orig­i­nates with his sto­ry The Sig­nal­man, writ­ten and pub­lished in 1866 fol­low­ing his involve­ment in a train crash the year before that haunt­ed him for years), and the tra­di­tion was con­tin­ued by writ­ers like M R James and E F Ben­son (1867–1940). Ben­son’s mas­ter­ful ghost sto­ries are often set between Christ­mas and New Year.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. Click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

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