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Simon Callow stars in a spine-chilling story for Christmas Eve – The Dead Room

Sherlock star and co-creator Mark Gatiss loves Christmas ghost stories so much he felt compelled to write his own.

This half-hour one-off tale is set in a ‘haunted’ radio studio, and focuses on stick-in-the-mud broadcaster Aubrey Judd, played by the inimitable Simon Callow.

Aubrey is tired of the modern era, resisting attempts to freshen up the horror series he’s hosted for 
the past 40 years.

But during a spat with his young producer, Aubrey realises the past isn’t as wonderful as he remembers – haunting melodies and voices from the speaker system suggest he may be forced to revisit a dark moment from 
his youth…

Two chillers from revered horror writer MR James follow.

TV Times rating: ****