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Ghostwatch (1992)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | TV Movie 31 October 1992
The BBC gives over a whole evening to an 'investigation into the supernatural'. Four respected presenters and a camera crew attempt to discover the truth behind 'The most haunted house in ... See full summary »


Lesley Manning


Stephen Volk




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Parkinson ... Michael Parkinson - Presenter
Sarah Greene Sarah Greene ... Sarah Greene - Reporter
Mike Smith Mike Smith ... Mike Smith - Phone-in Presenter
Craig Charles ... Craig Charles - Interviewer
Gillian Bevan ... Dr Lin Pascoe
Brid Brennan ... Pamela Early
Michelle Wesson Michelle Wesson ... Suzanne Early
Cherise Wesson Cherise Wesson ... Kim Early
Chris Miller Chris Miller ... Cameraman
Mike Aiton Mike Aiton ... Sound Recordist
Mark Lewis Mark Lewis ... Alan Demescu
Linda Broughton Linda Broughton ... Yvonne Etherly
Katherine Stark Katherine Stark ... Wendy Stott
Derek Smee ... Arthur Lacey
Roger Tebb Roger Tebb ... Local TV Presenter


The BBC gives over a whole evening to an 'investigation into the supernatural'. Four respected presenters and a camera crew attempt to discover the truth behind 'The most haunted house in Britain', expecting a light-hearted scare or two and probably the uncovering of a hoax. They think they are in control of the situation. They think they are safe. The viewers settle down and decide to watch 'for a laugh'. Ninety minutes later the BBC, and the country, was changed, and the consequences are still felt today. Written by Gary Thompson

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We don't want to give anybody sleepless nights.


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Michael Parkinson has long thought the BBC were embarrassed by the show. See more »


Because the studio presenters were reacting to footage recorded weeks before, there are many instances where Sarah Greene will answer questions not asked to her yet or studio presenters will have to re-ask questions to fill gaps before someone will answer. See more »


Michael Parkinson: Doctor, what about your theory that in fact Kimmy was the focus for the poltergeist activity? What does this mean, now?
Dr Lin Pascoe: Well, maybe they're both involved. I mean, maybe it's like a tandem effect. Kim's creating the energy and Suzanne's directing the violence in on herself.
Michael Parkinson: First Suzanne - then Kimmy - then this.
Michael Parkinson: You don't know, do you?
Dr Lin Pascoe: [after a moment] No, I don't.
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Guaranteed to give you nightmares.
26 October 2003 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

Halloween 1992: the BBC broadcast a real documentary in which a team of celebrity presenters go to "Britain's most haunted house" to check out if any ghosts can be found. Via link-up, Michael Parkinson commentates on the events from the studio. It all looks like it is going to be a big bore, until weird little things start to happen. Slowly but surely it begins to become clear that the BBC are going to unearth the biggest ghost story of all-time.

Amazingly, this TV movie from 1992 had an entire nation believing that it was all for real. Not since Orson Welles terrified America with his rendition of War of the Worlds (convincing half the country that they were being invaded by Martians) has there been anything like this. I remember seeing this as an impressionable teenager and it kept me awake for almost two weeks afterwards. So convincing was it that the BBC have vowed never to screen it again in the wake of complaints of children having nightmares and one (unconfirmed) suggestion that a kid committed suicide because the show scared him so deeply. This makes the top 5 horror films of all-time, even though it is technically not even a film at all. Ghostwatch is a legendary show and anyone who saw it "live" will talk about it, somewhat nervously, to their dying day!

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31 October 1992 (UK) See more »

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