A Ghostly, Folky 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 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 .

This pro­gramme is also avail­able in enhanced-qual­i­ty AAC. Tune in here:

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