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A Christmas Ghost Story creator on biggest regrets filming The Mezzotint Such a shame

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The Mezzotint is the BBC’s latest Christmas Ghost story and it will be airing on BBC Two on Christmas Eve. The eerie thriller follows antiques expert Edward Williams (played by Rory Kinnear) who is sent an unusual engraving. Director Mark Gatiss discussed some of the regrets he felt after filming.

The Mezzotint is set in 1992 at an esteemed English college and Edward receives a mysterious piece of art.

The engraving shows an old country house, but he soon realises it is more disturbing as time goes on.

In the image is a sweeping lawn, an imposing facade, and just perhaps… something else.

Mark Gatiss spoke to Express.co.uk and other media about a few of the things he would have taken more time over.

He said: “My only big regret is Rory plays the piano really well and unfortunately there’s not a lot of shots of him doing it.

“They are his hands and in between takes he would just play, he watched the rough cut and he said you can’t tell… it could be anybody, it’s such a shame.”

The director also opened up about the show’s final scene, which includes a ghastly figure.

A contortionist was hired to play the demonic figure, but some details of his eerie costume were lost in filming.

On how he wanted the creature to be depicted, he said: “It’s all about the rules of not seeing too much and building dread.

“The ghosts have to be malevolent, they are not friendly.

“The leg is terribly thin and you just see the top of this boned forehead with its hair and these ghastly details.

“I got a contortionist who was in Dracula, he was very, very thin.

“I didn’t want to try and make a big muscular person try and look thin. He was just amazing.”

The director said as they had to shoot the scene so quickly, some gory details were lost.

He added: “Just his whole physicality, kind of flattening himself like a crab across the floor.

“Just that shape, before you can really work out what it is, it’s just ghastly.

“We shouldn’t be able to see what’s going on, it’s just that shape.

“Unfortunately a lot of the details were lost, he actually does have a broken neck and the top of his spine is sticking out.”

The cast admitted they were still “creeped out” by the show even after filming ended.

Watching it on screen for the first time, they were left terrified of the monster.

In the festive special, Edward is keen to find out more about his ancestry.

He calls on the help of village gossip Mrs Ambrigail (Frances Barber), who makes a dark discovery.

Edward’s sanity spirals out of control as he finds out more about his tainted past.

Will he get to the bottom of the mystery before it’s too late?

The Mezzotint airs on BBC Two on Christmas Eve at 10.30pm.

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