Feature drama ‘Susan Hill’s Ghost Story’ (‘The Small Hand’) debuted in the busy Christmas period on Boxing Day at 9m, garnering nearly 1m viewers on the night and 1.71m in seven day consolidated (source: BARB, overnights.tv).
The piece struck a chord with critics:
“This quiet feature-length adaptation… has an admirable commitment to its slow-burn mood and gradually intensifying sense of mystery.” – THE TIMES
“successfully spine-tingling production…the mood is pleasingly sickening and the conclusion satisfactorily horrific.” – SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE
“Barbara Machin has done a good job adapting Susan Hill’s thrilling ghostly tale…Douglas Henshall is excellent as Adam. – TV TIMES
“This adaptation delivered the frights we long for at Christmas. It was filled with more shivers than the Beeb’s effort on Christmas Eve.” – DAILY MAIL
“Whether or not you believe in ghosts this one-off drama based on Susan Hill’s novel The Small Hand is guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.” – THE I
This project mark’s Awesome’s first produced scripted drama since pivoting from a rights-holder to an active indie prodco, and it is emblematic of the Awesome’s creative strategy to adapt well-loved books for the screen.
It was co-produced by Glasgow based Two Rivers Media, in association with Screen Scotland.