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The Signalman (1976)

A lonely Signalman is visited by a stranger.

Writers:

Charles Dickens (story), Andrew Davies (adaptation)
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Complete credited cast:
Denholm Elliott ... The Signalman
Bernard Lloyd ... The Traveller
Reginald Jessup ... The Engine Driver
Carina Wyeth Carina Wyeth ... The Bride
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For this the sixth of the BBC's "A Ghost Story for Christmas" series we are presented with an adaptation of a Charles Dickens story rather than one by M.R. James. A traveler (Bernard Lloyd) sees a railway signalman (Denholm Elliott) in a lonely location. The signal box is situated between two steep sided hills close to the entrance to a tunnel. The traveler, shielding his eyes from the glare of the sun with one arm, waves to the signalman and cries out "Hallo, Below There". But he is puzzled when the railway worker not only does not reply to him but actually seems to be afraid of him. When the traveler reassures him that there is nothing to fear about him, the signalman welcomes the stranger into his signal box and begins to tell him a remarkable story. Written by Mark_a_Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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Trivia

Mark Gatiss described Lawrence Gordon Clark's "The Signalman" as "matchless". See more »

Goofs

In one shot, a type of wire fence is seen that was not used until after WW2. See more »

Connections

Version of Suspense: The Signal Man (1953) See more »

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Spooky
26 February 2001 | by bootboydSee all my reviews

I saw this a long time ago when it was re-run on television. I can't say much except that it scared the wits out of me. Denholm Elliot was a revelation. Always one of the great British character actors, he has a melancholy stillness that hangs about him like the fog that fills this film. Spooky.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1976 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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