Chan­nel Zero 10pm, 5 Star

Sunday Herald Life - - TELEVISION & RADIO -

W ITH the ex­cep­tion of Strictly’s fancy dress ex­trav­a­ganza, Bri­tish TV has se­ri­ously dropped the ball when it comes to mark­ing Hal­lowe’en. Look­ing at the list­ings, you’d hardly know this was sup­posed to be the spook­i­est night of the year. I mean, not even a Christo­pher Lee movie lurk­ing around mid­night. Look hard, though, and there are a cou­ple of mon­sters out there. 5 Star’s Amer­i­can im­port Chan­nel Zero is an Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story-style an­thol­ogy, with a new story ev­ery se­ries. This time it’s “No End House”, a spin on the haunted man­sion for­mat, in which four friends en­ter a sup­pos­edly spooky house, only to find each room more hideously dis­turb­ing than the last…and no way out. Else­where, BBC Four is dust­ing off MR James: A View From A Hill (10.30pm), the 2005 adap­ta­tion of James’s 1925 tale about the ghastly vi­sions Dr Fan­shaw (Mark Letheren) spies through his binoc­u­lars while walk­ing the aptly-named Gal­lows Hill. Not a patch on the Beeb’s spare 1970s James adap­ta­tions, but bet­ter than noth­ing.

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