View from a Hill is a masterly treatment of an intriguing short story by M. R. James which augments some of the author's ideas through further illustration on screen. One example is how the main protagonist first catches sight of the people who inhabit the past that he is spying upon through his field glasses. Less impressed by the second adaptation, Number 13, which was not quite as I imagined it. The story here is longer and the embellishments seem unnecessary or at odds with the author's words. However suspend prior knowledge of the story and this stands well on its own as an atmospheric piece of drama.