Una Stubbs (Sherlock), Sacha Dhawan (Being Human), John Castle (I, Claudius), Louise Jameson (Doctor Who), David Ryall (The Village), Eleanor Bron (Absolutely Fabulous), Nick Burns (Nathan Barley) and Roy Barraclough (Coronation Street) have all been cast in BBC Two’s upcoming 30 minute drama The Tractate Middoth, an adaptation of the M.R. James story of the same name which is being written and directed by Mark Gattiss and will be part of BBC Two’s Christmas line-up.
Penned by Gattiss, The Tractate Middoth is set in a quiet academic library where John Eldred seeks out the help of young Mr Garrett in his search for a seemingly obscure Hebrew text. But there is something unusual about this book and something not entirely scholarly about Eldred’s intentions. Soon, Garrett’s hunt for the Tractate Middoth provokes terrifying apparitions in the library and a vengeful menace from beyond the grave. The drama is being produced by CAN DO Productions with Damon Thomas and Mark Bell serving as the executive producers.
“The wonderful adaptations of MR James’s tales that I saw on TV as a child have been a lasting inspiration to me”, said Mark Gattiss. “I’m delighted to restore the tradition of a BBC ‘Ghost Story for Christmas’ and bring to life a personal favourite – The Tractate Middoth – one of James’s most atmospheric, thrilling, and downright scary tales.”