BBC announces spooky new Mark Gatiss show for Christmas

Jen Crothers
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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

The BBC has announced one of the first of its Christmas shows for 2021 - a one-off ghost story based on an M.R. James short story which has been adapted for television by writer and actor Mark Gatiss.

As well as being the creative force behind TV's Sherlock, Dracula and Doctor Who, Mark has written and adapted four other ghost stories for the BBC over the last 13 years; Martin’s Close (2019), The Dead Room (2018), The Tractate Middoth (2013) and Crooked House in 2008. Martin’s Close was BBC Four’s most watched programme of 2019, with 1.5 million viewers.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

With Mark responsible for some of the biggest shows on television, this is sure to be a huge hit. Here’s what we know so far.

The Mezzotint: What’s it about?

"It’s 1922 and in the heart of an old English college, Edward Williams receives an engraving of an unknown country house. An imposing facade. A sweeping lawn. And, just perhaps, something else…?

Laced with M.R. James' trademark terror, The Mezzotint will guarantee a chill in the air for viewers this Christmas," says the BBC.

It's delightful to be bringing a little seasonal unease to the nation once again and this famous M. R. James story is just the ticket,” says Mark. "We’ve assembled a top-notch team to bring this eerie mystery - and a certain enigmatic old picture - to life."

Photo credit: Albert L. Ortega - Getty Images
Photo credit: Albert L. Ortega - Getty Images

Director of BBC Drama Piers Wenger adds, "I’m delighted that Mark Gatiss has assembled such an outstanding cast to conjure up another unmissable ghost story for BBC Two and iPlayer this Christmas. The Mezzotint is classic M.R. James, and the perfect slice of horror to thrill us this festive season."

The Mezzotint: Who’s in it?

Rory Kinnear (Years & Years) stars as Edward Williams, with Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, Downton Abbey) as his friend Garwood. Frances Barber (Doctor Who, Semi-Detached), John Hopkins (Poldark, Lucky Man), Emma Cunniffe (Roadkill, Unforgotten), Nikesh Patel (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Indian Summers), and Tommaso Di Vincenzo (Dracula) also star.

The Mezzotint: When is it on?

The 30 minute special will air this Christmas on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

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