The Secret of Crickley Hall

The caning scenes in this TV drama are completely unerotic but ghost stories are meant to be spine-tingling and creepy, and on that level I think you will enjoy the clips.

The Secret of Crickley Hall is a James Herbert story that jumps between the modern day and the 1940s. A family move into a spooky old house that used to be a school for orphaned evacuees during the Second World War.

The first clip is a scene between the headmaster of the school, the evil Mr Cribben, and his young teaching assistant played by Olivia Wilde.

So enter Crickley Hall….if you dare!

The mother of the family who have moved into the haunted hall has an unpleasant encounter with the resident ghost. The actress is Suranne Jones.

The teenage daughter played by Maisie Wiliams (Arya Stark in Game of Thrones) is next.

In this clip, the bully from the local school enters Crickley Hall. The presence of such a naughty lady soon arouses the attention of the ghost with the cane…

I’ve included this final scene because it rounds off the caning motif of the story. It’s been said that Crickley Hall has an extreme and unbalanced anti-corporal punishment bias, but I think it’s worth pointing out that the bully is shown here as not just injured but contrite too. Her encounter with Mr Cribben and his cane has done her some good!

I’m sorry. Please tell him I won’t do it again. I’ll be good. Please tell him.

Now admittedly these words are spoken while she is being carried out on a stretcher rather than cradling her sore bottom, but as the mother sarcastically says when she is clearing away the dead rat: “By the looks of it, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person!”

The suggestion seems to be that, unlike the orphaned children in the 1940s, the bully got her just desserts and for certain modern day individuals, a taste of the old methods might not be such a bad thing.

3 thoughts on “The Secret of Crickley Hall”

  1. That´s quite a number of scenes for one TV series. Alas, the ghost seems to be hitting the wrong spots


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