One Christmas when I was a child, I remember watching a TV programme set in a beautiful country house (makes so much sense now, lol), with ghost children and a scary moving statue of St. Christopher.
I never managed to see the end, which made me sad for many years, especially as I never knew the name of the story.
I later found out it was called The Children of Green Knowe, one of a series of books by Lucy M. Boston. You can find now, luckily for me a copy of the original programme posted here (in parts). Interestingly, since I re-discovered it, a film has been made of the sequel The Chimneys of Green Knowe starring Maggie Smith, which is known as From Time to Time. I watched this on TV over Christmas (coincidence, again). It has some charm, – and was filmed at Athelhampton House – though I still love the 80s show best!
Here are the books in order:
- The Children of Green Knowe (1954)
- The Chimneys of Green Knowe (1958)
- The River at Green Knowe (1959)
- A Stranger at Green Knowe (1961)
- An Enemy at Green Knowe (1964)
- The Stones of Green Knowe (1976)
I am now collecting the stories for myself! Also, Lucy Boston lived at The Manor, Hemingford Grey. You can understand where she got the ideas for such wonderful stories. One day I would love to see it.