The Ghosts of Motley Hall 2.4 – Godfrey of Basingstoke

Another episode that’s very clever and entertaining although a bit short of actual comedy, “Godfrey of Basingstoke” introduces us to two new ghosts who have been incarnated in the grounds outside Motley after Matt finds a long-lost wedding ring that belonged to Matilda, who married her beloved and never saw him again. Sometime in the early 1400s, Henry V popped by the church where his knight Godfrey was getting hitched, and sent him off to France instead of a honeymoon. Eight years later, Godfrey returned home, but died in a dumb accident in a well. A couple of hundred years later, the land, and its well, eventually became the grounds of Motley Hall.

Godfrey is played by Iain Cuthbertson in full boasting loudmouth mode – brilliant casting, that – and he mistakes the White Lady for Matilda. This couldn’t have come at a worse time, because the White Lady is at a low over her missing memories of being alive, and while Godfrey knows Matilda’s name, it turns out he doesn’t know anything at all about her. The real Matilda inevitably turns up, and I don’t suppose the poor White Lady is ever going to learn who she was in life.

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