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Suranne Jones to star in The Secret of Crickley Hall for BBC

Suranne Jones

Story by Jack Foley

SURANNE Jones is to star in an adaptation of James Herbert’s best-selling ghost story The Secret of Crickley Hall for BBC One.

The actress, best known for playing Karen McDonald in Coronation Street as well as a police officer in BBC drama Five Days (pictured), will be joined by Miranda actor Tom Ellis and Primeval‘s Douglas Henshall.

The story, which Jones has described as a “classic haunted house spine-chiller”, revolves around a family who move to Crickley Hall to start a new life after their son goes missing, but who quickly discover the building is haunted and events there begin to terrorise them.

The three-part drama will be scripted and directed by Joe Ahearne, whose credits include Doctor Who and Ultraviolet.

Ahearne commented: “Everyone loves a good ghost story and James Herbert is an iconic writer in the genre. He’s come up with a really thrilling and moving story that delights you while it’s terrifying you.”

The BBC’s decision to film Herbert’s novel comes at a good time for haunted house stories, given the UK box office success of Susan Hill’s novel The Woman in Black (which has now taken a total of £14.5 million) and US horror hit American Horror Story.

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