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Check out the teaser for The Canterville Ghost, the latest adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s popular humor-filled short story.

The Canterville Ghost
The Canterville Ghost — Photo by Gary Moyes, courtesy of BYUtv

Commissioned by BYUtv and produced by BBC Studios Productions, The Canterville Ghost is a modern retelling of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy short story, The Canterville Ghost.

This four-part, family-friendly series revolves around three families — the aristocratic Cantervilles, the Romani Lovells, and the American Otises — who must come together to find redemption and heal the past.

The cast of accomplished British actors includes Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Sir Simon de Canterville; James Lance (Ted Lasso) as Hiram Otis; Caroline Catz (Doc Martin) as Lucy Otis, Hiram’s wife; Laurel Waghorn (Domina) as Virginia Otis, their daughter; Carolyn Pickles (Broadchurch) as Mrs. Umney, their housekeeper; Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors) as Lady Deborah de Canterville; Jack Bardoe (Belgravia) as The Honourable Cecil Canterville; Harry Gostelow (The Crown) as Lord St. John Canterville; Lizzy Connolly (Call the Midwife) as Lady Henrietta Stilton; Fred Fergus (Wonder Woman) as Viscount Ralph Stilton; Jeff Rawle (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) as Bluey, the Duke of Stilton; Harry Taurasi (The Borgias) as Django Lovell; Cathy Tyson (Mona Lisa) as Masilda Lovell; newcomers Joe and Tom Graves as Frank and Theo Otis, and Harriette and Charlotte Robinson as Patience and Charity Lovell; and the voice of Jonty Stephens (Life on Mars) as Cesspitt.

Set in 21st-century rural England, the humor- and heart-filled The Canterville Ghost sees American tech billionaire Hiram Otis buy Canterville Chase, unaware that the contents include a malevolent family ghost, Sir Simon de Canterville, who’s been haunting the premises for centuries. Or that Otis’s family will face the full might of the English aristocracy, united in opposition to the parvenu Americans.

Despite its modern setting, it’s an old world, bound by strict social conventions and archaic traditions — a world of house parties and cricket matches, of fox hunting and pheasant shooting, of stately homes of the aristocracy and a resident ghost…

Commissioned by Andra Johnson Duke, head of content for BYUtv, the series is written by Jude Tindall (Father Brown, Shakespeare & Hathaway), and directed by Paul Gibson (Father Brown) and Suri Krishnamma (Waking the Dead). The script producer is Neil Irvine (The Coroner), and Sue Howells (Death in Paradise) is the producer for BBC Studios Productions.

Said Will Trotter (Sister Boniface Mysteries, Father Brown, Shakespeare & Hathaway), executive producer for BBC Studios Productions:

“This is Oscar Wilde meets ‘Downton Abbey.’ It’s bursting with gothic horror, romantic comedy and pathos. We are thrilled to be working with BYUtv on such an uplifting drama for the whole family, and we hope it brings much laughter to BYUtv audiences.”

The Canterville Ghost premieres in the US on Halloween, Sunday, October 31, at 9 PM ET, exclusively on BYUtv.


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