Ghost Stories for Christmas, with Christopher Lee Ep 2 ‘The Ash Tree’ by M R James

In 2000 the BBC produced a series called ‘Ghost Stories for Christmas, with Christopher Lee’ in which Lee played M.R. James reading four of his own stories. Three have subsequently been released on DVD but the second episode, ‘The Ash Tree’ was not released owing to rights issues about the music used, which is from the soundtrack to ‘The Name of the Rose’ (1986), composed by James Horner. Here’s the episode. I intend no infringement, and can’t see how anyone could object, given that Horner’s (excellent) score is available elsewhere on YouTube! This video is taken from a VHS recording of a poor TV signal, so the quality is low… but it’s better than nothing.


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