The Canterville Ghost
Collins English Library
Tie-in edition of the original book by Oscar Wilde.
Back Cover Blurb
The Otis family are good Americans. They have lots of money, and they don't really believe in ghosts. They come to live in England and buy an old house: Canterville Chase.
Says Mr Otis, "I come from a modern country. When we want a thing, we buy it. "We've never had a real ghost in America before. Perhaps we can send it over there and people will pay to see it."
And there is a ghost at Canterville Chase!
60 Minutes | ITV | Colour
31/12/74 The Canterville Ghost Robin Miller
- Abridged and edited by AR Kripwell.
- The Canterville Ghost is now out of copyright and can be found freely online, as well as in numerous print editions, such as Classic Victorian & Edwardian Ghost Stories from Wordsworth Editions.
- Unsurprisingly, The Canterville Ghost has been adapted for UK television on a number of other occasions, with the first being for the BBC's Sunday-Night Play series in 1962. ITV's first production was produced for Season 1 of Mystery and Imagination, with Bruce Forsyth in the lead role. Sadly, as with so many other programmes of the era, neither of these 1960s productions still exists.
The remaining three productions, to date, would all be for ITV, beginning with the David Niven production in 1974. A two-hour production starring Sir John Gielgud followed in 1987, with the most recent, in 1997, starring Ian Richardson.
Cover image and back cover blurb supplied by Stephen Barker