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  • Crooked House Omnibus (Season 1, Episode 4)
  • TV Episode | Horror, Mystery

Crooked House

Omnibus (Season 1, Episode 4)
TV Episode | Horror, Mystery

Ben Morris, a young teacher, finds an antique door-knocker in his garden and takes it to the local museum, where the curator tells him it belonged to Geap Manor, a Tudor mansion, now demolished, and whose original owner, Sir Roger ...See moreBen Morris, a young teacher, finds an antique door-knocker in his garden and takes it to the local museum, where the curator tells him it belonged to Geap Manor, a Tudor mansion, now demolished, and whose original owner, Sir Roger Widdowson, was accused of Satanism in order to produce an heir, but still died childless. In 1786 the manor is bought by Joseph Bloxham, a greedy parvenu who has made his money at the expense of others and is accused by the widow of his late business partner of causing her husband's death. Bloxham believes that the noises he hears in the wainscoting of the rooms is made by mice and ignores his colleagues' warnings that he could be in danger. In fact the wainscoting is made from the same wood as the gallows at Tyburn, where criminals were hung, and Bloxham's actions have marked him as a criminal who must pay for his sins. In 1927 Lady Constance De Momery attends the engagement party at Geap Manor of her grand-son Felix to his lower-born fiancée Ruth. Felix's former sweetheart, Katherine, is also present and Ruth believes she is the girl in a bridal gown whom she sees kissing Felix. However it is the ghost of a bride from fifty years earlier who committed suicide after being betrayed by her groom and his lover and who laid a curse on all future weddings at the house, a curse only Lady Constance can remove. Having heard both stories Ben offers to donate the knocker to the museum but when the curator declines he screws it to his own front door. As a result he wakes in the night and witnesses Widdowson's rites and realizes that his house is built on Geap Manor. He gets rid of the knocker and returns to the museum to find that it has been closed for some weeks and that no-one has heard of the curator. Then, the knocker mysteriously re-appears, placing Ben and his pregnant girl-friend at the mercy of the ghost of the childless Widdowson. Written by don @ minifie-1 See less
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Writer
Mark Gatiss (screenplay)
Composers
David Arnold (music composed by) | Michael Price
Status
Edit Released
Updated Dec 27, 2008

Release date
Dec 27, 2008 (United Kingdom)

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25 cast members
Name Known for
Mark Gatiss
The Curator The Curator   See fewer
Derren Brown
Sir Roger Widdowson Sir Roger Widdowson   See fewer
Vanessa Havell
Lady Widdowson Lady Widdowson   See fewer
Beth Goddard
Mrs Glanville Mrs Glanville   See fewer
Philip Jackson
Joseph Bloxham Joseph Bloxham   See fewer
Andy Nyman
Nicholas Duncalfe Nicholas Duncalfe   See fewer
Cal Freestone
Lucy (as Cal Jaggers) Lucy (as Cal Jaggers)   See fewer
Ian Hallard
Felix de Momery Felix de Momery   See fewer
Rufus Jones
Niggs Johnson Niggs Johnson   See fewer
Jean Marsh
Lady Constance de Momery Lady Constance de Momery   See fewer
Barbara Kirby
Miss Adams Miss Adams   See fewer
Anna Madeley
Katherine Katherine   See fewer
Lauren Jones
The Bride The Bride   See fewer
David Ryall
Mr Paget Mr Paget   See fewer
John Lebar
The Abomination The Abomination   See fewer
Eliza Elkington
Molly (uncredited) Molly (uncredited)   See fewer
Karl Schmid
Masked Boy (uncredited) Masked Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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