|A Ghost Story for Christmas episode|
Title screen, depicting the fog in which the carriage carrying young Stephen arrives
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Lawrence Gordon Clark|
|Written by||M. R. James (story)
Robin Chapman (adaptation)
|Original air date||25 December 1973|
"Lost Hearts" is a ghost story by M.R. James, found in his 1904 book Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. The tale tells the story of Stephen, a young boy who is sent to stay with his cousin at a remote country mansion. His cousin is a reclusive alchemist obsessed with making himself immortal. Stephen is repeatedly troubled by visions of a young gypsy girl and a traveling Italian boy with their hearts missing.
 BBC adaptation
It was adapted by Robin Chapman in 1973 as part the BBC's A Ghost Story for Christmas strand, directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark. The shortest of the adaptations, it was first broadcast on Christmas Day 1973 at 11.35pm. It starred Simon Gipps-Kent as Stephen and Joseph O'Conor as the cousin. The adaptation is noted for the distinctive hurdy-gurdy music that accompanies appearances of the two ghostly children. Ralph Vaughan Williams's English Folk Song Suite is also featured.
|Wikisource has original text related to this article:|
- Lost Hearts at bbc.co.uk.
- Lost Hearts at the Internet Movie Database
- Ghost Stories at the BFI's Screenonline