For his sixth adaptation of an M.R. James tale for BBC Two, the League of Gentlemen star has penned his version of Count Magnus, the disturbing 1904 chiller about the titular Scandinavian aristocrat.
Speaking to the Radio Times in 2019, Gatiss said: “The one everyone has always wanted to do is Count Magnus, which eluded the great Lawrence Gordon Clark [who directed the BBC‘s A Ghost Story For Christmas series in the 1970s]. “Unfortunately it’s set in Sweden – but it’s possible!”
And Radio 4 is broadcasting Mark Gatiss And Richard Coles Are On A Ghost Hunt, with the Reverend Coles inviting the paranormal sceptic actor to his former parish in Finedon, Northamptonshire, reputedly the most haunted in England, to try to meet a spirit. And possibly compare script notes.
The corporation has also confirmed a Christmas special for its hit sitcom Ghosts and a festive episode of its hit anthology series Inside No. 9, The Bones of St. Nicholas, set in a haunted church, and featuring Gatiss’ regular collaborators Simon Callow, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, as well as dinnerladies star Shobna Gulati.