6.5/10
337
8 user 8 critic

The Ash Tree (1975)

Man of leisure Sir Richard (Edward Petherbridge) receives notification that his Uncle has died, bequeathing him his stately country manor and all its lands. On his return to England he ... See full summary »

Writers:

M.R. James (by) (as MR James), David Rudkin (a television version by)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Lost Hearts (TV Short 1973)
Short | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young orphan, Stephen, is sent to go and live with his strange, much older cousin at his remote country house. Once there, Stephen experiences terrible dreams in which he sees a young girl and boy who are missing their hearts.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Simon Gipps-Kent, Joseph O'Conor, James Mellor
A Warning to the Curious (TV Movie 1972)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An archeologist goes treasure hunting along the English coast in search of a lost, fabled crown that supposedly helps protect Great Britain against invasion.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Peter Vaughan, Clive Swift, Julian Herington
Short | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Reverend Justin Somerton, a scholar of Medieval history, and his protégé Lord Peter Dattering are visiting an Abbey library. Studying a stained glass window they uncover clues leading to a treasure hidden by a disgraced Abbot.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Sheila Dunn, Anne Blake, Frank Mills
The Stalls of Barchester (TV Movie 1971)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

While cataloging the library of Barchester Cathedral, a scholar finds a diary detailing the events surrounding the mysterious death of an Archdeacon some 50 years earlier. The first of the BBC's famed 'A Ghost Story for Christmas'.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Robert Hardy, Clive Swift, Thelma Barlow
Stigma (TV Short 1977)
Short | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young couple move into a remote country house in the middle of a stone circle. They employ workmen who disturb an ancient menhir, unleashing a supernatural force.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Kate Binchy, Peter Bowles, Maxine Gordon
The Signalman (TV Short 1976)
Drama | Horror | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A lonely Signalman is visited by a stranger.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Denholm Elliott, Bernard Lloyd, Reginald Jessup
A View from a Hill (TV Short 2005)
Short | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In fact Dr Fanshawe is not on holiday. As an archaeologist, he has been engaged by the squire to catalogue a private collection of local artefacts.

Director: Luke Watson
Stars: Mark Letheren, Pip Torrens, David Burke
The Tractate Middoth (TV Short 2013)
Short | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

On his deathbed vicar Rant makes a secret confession to his niece Mary Simpson. Some twenty years later young librarian William Garrett is asked by elderly John Eldred to locate a book ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Gatiss
Stars: Louise Jameson, John Castle, Eleanor Bron
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After placing his ailing wife Alice (Gemma Jones) in a care home elderly academic James Parkin (Sir John Hurt) goes to stay at a wintry out-of-season hotel which they used to visit together... See full summary »

Director: Andy De Emmony
Stars: John Hurt, Gemma Jones, Lesley Sharp
Number 13 (TV Short 2006)
Short | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In order to authenticate some historical papers in a cathedral town, Oxbridge academic Anderson stays at a local hotel in room 12, initially disregarding the lack of a number 13 as ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Wilkie
Stars: Greg Wise, Paul Freeman, David Burke
The Ice House (TV Short 1978)
Short | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Paul recently divorced seeks sanctuary at a country retreat run by a sinister brother and sister.

Director: Derek Lister
Stars: John Stride, David Beames, Elizabeth Romilly
The Dead Room (TV Short 2018)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Long-running radio horror series and its veteran presenter Aubrey Judd discovers that all is not quiet in the eerie radio studio and that elements of his own past are not as dead and buried as he perhaps hoped.

Director: Mark Gatiss
Stars: Simon Callow, Anjli Mohindra, Susan Penhaligon
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward Petherbridge ... Sir Richard / Sir Matthew
Preston Lockwood Preston Lockwood ... Dr. Croome
Barbara Ewing Barbara Ewing ... Anne Mothersole
Lalla Ward ... Lady Augusta
Lucy Griffiths Lucy Griffiths ... Mrs. Chiddock
Oliver Maguire Oliver Maguire ... William Beresford
Clifford Kershaw Clifford Kershaw ... The Witchfinder
Cyril Appleton ... Master Procathro
David Pugh David Pugh ... Herdsman
Glynn Sweet Glynn Sweet ... Young Cleric
Edit

Storyline

Man of leisure Sir Richard (Edward Petherbridge) receives notification that his Uncle has died, bequeathing him his stately country manor and all its lands. On his return to England he immediately sets about taking stock of all legal matters concerning his new property, but during these dealings Sir Richard seems to be more than a little distracted, he hears strange noises from the ash tree outside his bedroom window. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Drama | Horror | Mystery

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ash Tree See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Classic Ghost Stories: The Ash-Tree (1986) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the weaker entries in the BBC series
28 April 2019 | by ebeckstr-1See all my reviews

The last 5 minutes of this film are very true to the creepy and unsettling MR James story. Unfortunately, the pacing of the proceeding 26 minutes is far too languid, especially given the brief 31 minute running time. There is also no score to speak of, which makes the needlessly slow pacing seem even more so. In addition, the casting and editing are equally uninspired.

One can see what they were trying to achieve by intersecting the protagonist's present-day experiences with those of his ancestor's, through some kind of cursed flashbacks, but it just doesn't work. The final minutes make the episode worth watching, but what precedes the conclusion is disappointing.


0 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed