A Ghostly, Folky Entertainment

in Daily Programme, Radio Drama

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 30 December, 2015

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 folk music, including a late dash of seasonal tunes – and a set of three ghostly tales by Edwardian writer E F Benson.

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, as is the case with the first and third of our three stories today.

Two of the three are full‐cast dramatisations by the Radio Riel Players, while the third is read by Elrik Merlin. These will be broadcast at 11am and 7pm Pacific time (19:00 and 03:00 GMT). Each lasts about half an hour, so the entire programme will run for about an hour an a half. The stories are as follows:

  • How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery  — full cast dramatisation, performed by the Radio Riel Players (36 mins)
  • The Bus‐Conductor - read by Elrik Merlin (23 mins)
  • The Room in the Tower — full cast dramatisation, performed by the Radio Riel Players (33 mins)

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. If you are in the United States or Canada, please click here to launch the Stream Licensing player. To listen from outside North America, click here to start your player .

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