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Home > TVing Abroad Blog > Get ready for a spine-tingling Christmas treat: Mark Gatiss adapts Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Lot No. 249”.

Get ready for a spine-tingling Christmas treat: Mark Gatiss adapts Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Lot No. 249”.

October 20, 2023
Get ready for a spine-tingling Christmas treat: Mark Gatiss adapts Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Lot No. 249”.

The holiday season is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate than with a chilling tale of the supernatural? This Christmas, the BBC has something truly special in store for all of us. Mark Gatiss, the brilliant mind behind the hit series “Sherlock,” is at it again, bringing us a bone-chilling adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story, “Lot No. 249.” And, trust us, this one is bound to send shivers down your spine.

Gatiss, known for his exceptional storytelling prowess, has a knack for weaving suspenseful narratives, and this time he’s delving into the realms of Conan Doyle’s horror stories. If you thought “Sherlock” was a thrilling rollercoaster, just wait until you experience the eerie world of “Lot No. 249.”

The plot revolves around a group of Oxford students, a setting that already holds an air of mystery and academia. However, it’s not your typical library-dwelling students; it’s a tale of secrets, supernatural occurrences, and ancient Egyptian mysteries that become the talk of the college.

Kit Harington, the celebrated “Game of Thrones” heartthrob, steps into the shoes of Abercrombie Smith, one of the central characters in this gripping narrative. Alongside him is Freddie Fox, known for his outstanding performance in “Slow Horses,” who plays the role of Edward Bellingham. The chemistry between these two incredible actors promises to set the screen on fire, even as the story dives into the icy waters of the unknown.

But the star-studded cast doesn’t end there. Joining Harington and Fox are a group of talented actors, including Colin Ryan, John Heffernan, James Swanton, Jonathan Rigby, and Andrew Horton, each bringing their unique charisma and intensity to the ensemble. With such a powerful lineup, you can expect riveting performances that will transport you into the heart of the tale.

The production of this Christmas ghost story has already been completed in Hertfordshire, leaving us with a sense of anticipation that’s almost as chilling as the story itself. Set to air on BBC Two this Christmas, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Imagine gathering around the fireplace, the aroma of roasted chestnuts in the air, as you lose yourself in a story that promises to send shivers down your spine.

If you’ve been a fan of Mark Gatiss’s previous ghost stories like “The Tractate Middoth,” “The Dead Room,” “Martin’s Close,” “The Mezzotint,” and “Count Magnus,” you know you’re in for a real treat. Gatiss has mastered the art of suspense, and this time he’s channeling the spirit of the great Arthur Conan Doyle to bring us a tale that will leave us pondering its eerie implications long after the credits have rolled.

So, get ready for a truly unforgettable Christmas experience. Mark Gatiss’s adaptation of “Lot No. 249” promises to be a gift that keeps on giving, offering the perfect blend of nostalgia and spine-tingling chills. Don’t miss this captivating one-off program on BBC Two this Christmas; it’s destined to be a holiday season highlight that you’ll want to watch again and again, making it the ghost story that will haunt your thoughts long after the festivities have ended.

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