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The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974)

The Reverend Justin Somerton, a scholar of Medieval history, and his protégé Lord Peter Dattering are visiting an Abbey library. Studying a stained glass window they uncover clues leading to a treasure hidden by a disgraced Abbot.


M.R. James (story), John Bowen (dramatisation)




Complete credited cast:
Sheila Dunn Sheila Dunn ... Mrs. Tyson
Anne Blake ... Local Lady
Frank Mills ... Mr. Tyson / Father Dominic
Virginia Balfour Virginia Balfour ... Lady Dattering
Paul Lavers Paul Lavers ... Peter, Lord Dattering
Michael Bryant ... The Rev. Justin Somerton
John Herrington John Herrington ... Abbot Thomas
Peggy Aitchison Peggy Aitchison ... Landlady


The Reverend Justin Somerton (Michael Bryant), a professor of Medieval History, is approached by a former pupil - Lord Peter Dattering (Paul Lavers). Dattering fears that his widowed mother is being exploited by a couple of charlatans posing as mediums and offering her the chance to commune with her late husband. Somerton agrees to attend one of their séances and outwits the fraudsters. Somerton tells Dattering of the research he has been conducting into the history of a monastery and shows him a book which details the exploits of a former Abbot - and of the treasure he is reputed to have hidden somewhere within the catacombs of the monastery. The two find a number of clues to the location of this treasure, not just in the Latin texts but in a stained glass window. They ignore the warning that the treasure is protected by a guardian - shaking Somerton's rational beliefs to the core. Written by Mark_a_Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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creepy tale
18 June 2002 | by andy fortnumSee all my reviews

I remember watching this program back in Christmas of 1974. It was a rather creepy tale about the guardian of hidden treasure returning to claim its own. The guardian came from an old well, and left a trail of slime as it tried to find a way in to reclaim the treasure. It is an atmospheric and disturbing tale, but may be a slight disappointment to anyone who has read the original short story.

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23 December 1974 (UK) See more »

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Ghost Story for Christmas: Treasure of Abbot Thomas See more »

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