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Aycliffe lad Mark Gatiss to direct festive ghost story
12:10am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A NORTH-EAST born actor and writer is to make his debut as a director for a festive ghost story.
Mark Gatiss, who grew up in School Aycliffe, County Durham, is to be reunited with his Sherlock co-star Una Stubbs when she takes a lead role in the drama.
Horror fan Gatiss - who first found fame with dark comedy The League Of Gentlemen - is adapting The Tractate Middoth, a short chiller written by MR James, for BBC2 this Christmas.
He has been a writer on BBC1's Sherlock, in which he also starred as Holmes' brother Mycroft, alongside Stubbs who played landlady Mrs Hudson.
Gatiss, who attended Woodham Comprehensive School in Newton Aycliffe, will also be directing a former assistant of Dr Who in his new half-hour drama - Louise Jameson who played Leela in the mid-1970s opposite fourth Doctor Tom Baker.
Gatiss, who has also scripted the film, said: "The wonderful adaptations of MR Jamess tales that I saw on TV as a child have been a lasting inspiration to me.
"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."
In the tale, terrifying spirits are brought to an academic library as a result of two men going through an ancient Hebrew text.
Gatiss will also host a documentary about the Victorian author which will also be screened during the festive season, with the working title MR James: Ghost Writer.
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