A Ghost Story for Christmas: Count Magnus review – Mark Gatiss’s creepy tale could barely be less thrilling
The plot is slight, it’s far from visually engaging and it manages one paltry jump scare. I’ve had worse frights from a Misty comic strip
It’s a project that has always had a slight air of Mean Girls’ Gretchen gamely trying to make “fetch” happen, but ‘tis the season of goodwill and all that so let us continue to try to embrace BBC Two’s attempt to make an MR James adaptation by Mark Gatiss a Beloved Christmas Tradition.
Last year, if you remember, it was the turn of The Mezzotint, the tale – pleasantly spookily and cosily told – of a possibly possessed picture. Its gentle progression through just enough twists and turns to fill a half hour was a lovely little treat.