Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jane Shilling's TV Choice

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jane Shilling's TV Choice

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Byline: JANE SHILLING

SACRED MUSIC BBC4, 8PM There is an eclectic range of music on offer this evening on BBC4, with Gareth Malone's sea shanties at 7pm and Soul Noel, a concert of Christmas gospel and soul music at 8.30pm. Between the two, Simon Russell Beale traces the history of Christmas music as it has evolved over two millennia, followed by a concert of choral music from St Augustine's church in London. The actor gives a revealing interview to Mark Lawson at 10.30pm.

WHISTLE AND I'LL COME TO YOU BBC2, 9PM Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad -- as the original story is titled -- is probably the most terrifying of the ghost stories with which M.R. James used to make the flesh of his little charges creep when he was Provost of Eton. James's genius was to suggest that even the most familiar settings and objects -- a seaside village, a whistle, even the sheets on a man's bed -- could become permeated with evil. Jonathan Miller made a memorably chilling version of this in 1968, with a bedsheet fixed to a length of fishing line giving an eerie impersonation of satanic horror. …

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