As a precursor to the regular Halloween specials airing across the major networks, A&E will premiere a new supernatural thriller mini-series called “The Enfield Haunting”.
The special-event will be a dramatization of the terrifying real-life events that took place in a seemingly ordinary home in northern London during the fall of 1977. Written by Joshua St. Johnston (Walking on Sunshine, Sweeney Todd) and directed by Kristoffer Nyholm (The Killing), the miniseries premieres Friday, October 9th at 10PM ET/PT on A&E.
The miniseries was adapted from Guy Lyon Playfair’s book “This House is Haunted,” “The Enfield Haunting” draws on extensive documentation, recordings and witness statements recorded at the time. To this day, the incident remains the most documented account of poltergeist activity in British history and the basis of horror films including the upcoming The Conjuring 2.
The miniseries stars 2014 Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, The King’s Speech) as Maurice Grosse, a rookie paranormal researcher, and BAFTA nominated actress Juliet Stevenson (Emma, Truly Madly Deeply, The Village) as his grieving wife Betty. BAFTA winner Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street, Frost/Nixon, Pride and Prejudice) portrays Guy Lyon Playfair, an experienced investigator who approaches the case with skepticism. Following a personal tragedy, Maurice is drawn to the house in Enfield after disturbing reports of a desperate family terrorized by malevolent unseen forces. Working together to get to the heart of the supernatural happenings, Maurice and Guy find that they cannot save the tortured family without first coming to terms with their own demons.
A&E licensed the US broadcast rights to “The Enfield Haunting” from Entertainment One (eOne). The miniseries was produced by Eleven Films and executive produced by Adrian Sturges (“The Disappearance of Alice Creed”), Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson for Eleven. Sky’s Cameron Roach also served as executive producer.