"The Ghost of Greville Lodge" is an interesting ghost story that will appeal to families as its not gory, explicit or overtly scary. Its very much a traditional ghost story, taking its time to let the story unfold and build its atmosphere. A teenage boy, James Greville (Jon Newman) has spent the greater part of his life in children's homes and is shocked to be told by social workers that he has a relative, a great uncle (George Cole) who has invited him to come live at his home, Greville Lodge. Great Uncle seems to be a man of few words, and James finds himself intrigued by the old house. He is taken care of by Sarah the housekeeper (Prunella Scales) who seems to know more than she lets on. Over a period of time, James becomes convinced that the house is haunted, and sees a man in shadows watching him, as well as hears strange noises. James is determined to investigate the source of the hauntings, an endeavour that literally takes him back to the past, in 1945, which reveals some dark secrets at Greville Lodge, one that involves both Sarah and Great Uncle, and James may well be the key to unlocking those secrets and finally laying those ghosts of the past to rest.
I loved the story, especially the way the story takes its time unfolding (some may consider it rather plodding) and the slow build up of atmosphere and suspense. The actors have done a credible job in their respective roles - newcomers, as well as veteran actors bring depth to their characters and this results in a fine production. My main complaint is the audio and picture quality - the sound is not altogether clear, and the picture quality is reminiscent of movies made in the 70s where the images lack sharpness and clarity. Other than that, this is a wonderful ghost story, perfect for families.