Thursday 8th October 2015 Derek Johnson. Queen’s University Belfast. ‘Season, Landscape and Identity in the BBC Ghost Story for Christmas’

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Through the 1970s, and with a couple of revivals in the 2000s, the BBC ran a series of annual programmes known by the umbrella title The Ghost Story for Christmas. These were mostly directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark, and mostly adapted from the work of M.R.James. These productions draw on aspects of season and identity in a number of ways, which will be explored in this talk, with a particular consideration being given to the role of landscape and nature in the productions.


Derek Johnston is Lecturer in Broadcast Literacy at Queen’s University, Belfast. His research largely examines the history of broadcasting, particularly in the UK and particularly of science fiction and horror programming. Most recently he has been examining seasonal broadcasting, with his monograph Haunted Seasons: Television Ghost Stories for Christmas and Horror for Halloween (Palgrave, 2015) focuses on the ways that the timing of horror broadcasts connect to different cultural practices and expectations. He is currently editing a special issue of the Journal of Popular Television on seasonal television, as well as a follow-up dossier for the same journal.


Thursday 8th October 2015_4pm- Studio space (Room 102) Minghella Building