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The Secret of Crickley Hall 

A year after their son goes missing, a family moves to Crickley Hall. When supernatural events begin to take place, Eve feels the house is somehow connected to her lost son.
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Series cast summary:
Suranne Jones ...  Eve Caleigh 3 episodes, 2012
Tom Ellis ...  Gabe Caleigh 3 episodes, 2012
Douglas Henshall ...  Augustus Cribben 3 episodes, 2012
David Warner ...  Percy Judd 3 episodes, 2012
Sarah Smart ...  Magda Cribben 3 episodes, 2012
Iain De Caestecker ...  Young Percy 3 episodes, 2012
Olivia Cooke ...  Nancy Linnet 3 episodes, 2012
Maisie Williams ...  Loren Caleigh 3 episodes, 2012
Bill Milner ...  Maurice Stafford 3 episodes, 2012
Pixie Davies ...  Cally Caleigh 3 episodes, 2012
Kian Schmidt Kian Schmidt ...  Stefan Rosenbaum 3 episodes, 2012
Fern Deacon ...  Susan Trainer 3 episodes, 2012
Susan Lynch ...  Lili Peel 2 episodes, 2012
Donald Sumpter ...  Gordon Pyke 2 episodes, 2012
Craig Parkinson ...  Reverend Horace 2 episodes, 2012
Julia Ford ...  Irene Judd 2 episodes, 2012
Nicholas Sidi ...  Reverend Andrew 2 episodes, 2012
Elliot Kerley Elliot Kerley ...  Cam Caleigh 2 episodes, 2012
Shannon Beer Shannon Beer ...  Bully 2 episodes, 2012
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2012: Nearly a year after their son goes missing, Londoners Gabe and Eve Caleigh and their two daughters move to Crickley Hall. Gabe hopes a few months away from the city will help his family heal. But it soon becomes apparent, their new home is haunted. 1943: Crickley Hall is an orphanage run by Augustus Cribben and his sister Magda. The orphans live in terror of the Cribbens, especially Augustus, whose brutality knows no bounds. Nancy, the children's new tutor, is appalled by the abuse and determined to find a way to save them - Can these dark secrets of the past help the Caleighs find their son? Written by L. Hamre

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They came to escape the past, the past had other ideas.

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28 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Most of the cast has since gone on to success in American TV programs. Iain De Caestecker took a part in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), Olivia Cooke became a series regular on Bates Motel (2013) and Maisie Williams landed the key role of Arya in Game of Thrones (2011). Tom Ellis' first foray into US series television - Rush (2014) - was canceled after the first season, but has since landed the title role in Lucifer (2015). See more »

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Opens well, but disintegrates slightly over the course of three episodes
5 December 2012 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Gabe (Tom Ellis) and Eve Caleigh (Suranne Jones) re-locate to the West Country from London a year after the disappearance of their son. They set up home in Crickley Hall, an old residence that used to be a boarding house for evacuees during the war. But it is this fact that holds the secret behind some ghostly hauntings, and a terrifying truth behind what now possesses them.

It seems that in the case of a fairly lengthy novel, the format best favoured in many cases for adaptation is to turn it in to a serial drama rather than go all out and just make a feature length adaptation, which may test the viewer's endurance. But Joe Ahearne's approach, with his adaptation of James Herbert's The Secret of Crickley Hall, somehow manages to do this anyway, over the course of three episodes shown over three weeks.

There's no doubt the first part opens well, establishing an effective atmosphere and air of suspense, which even someone who's already read the novel and pretty much knows what is going to happen can see. But somehow, even by the second episode that AOS doesn't feel as strong. Spacing each episode out over the course of a week probably doesn't help, dragging it out too long and doing the opposite of keeping you in suspense. Aside from this, certain segments inevitably get lost in translation going from novel to film, and the constraints of being a TV film inevitably creep through. I said 'inevitably' twice in that sentence, and that's sadly what an adaptation of a novel is always going to be: an inevitability. Something that is doomed not to be as good as it's source material from the start, even if it has a bigger budget and goes to theatres, where I think this may have worked better.

The performances are probably the best thing in it. Jones shows promise she may be more than another ex Corrie actress, avoiding a future in panto or cheap reality shows, showing an emotional intensity and depth as a mother wrapped up in guilt for the loss of her boy. Ellis isn't bad, but somehow isn't quite as good, except in certain scenes where his character really gets dealt a heavy blow. Douglas Henshall has an undeniable presence as the villain, but his accent is so thick it's sometimes really hard to understand what he's saying. He's at his most unnerving in quieter, more subtle moments, like when he's holding the little boy over the well or is nearly caught whacking him with a cane in his private room.

It's all too well made and sincere to even verge in to Sunday Night territory, and even Herbert himself said he thought it was pretty good. If only the whole thing had stuck together more solidly, and not come off so naff compared to the book. ***


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