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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 »

Director:

Lesley Manning

Writer:

Stephen Volk
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

BBC Online - Cult Vault

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghostwatch See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The grey BBC trucks as seen in the opening title sequence are 1988 British Leyland Freighters. Due to strict demarcation rules within the BBC, director, Lesley Manning had to choose whether to make 'Ghostwatch' either with a dedicated Studio crew or Outside Broadcast staff. This resulted in the show's 'hero' scanner truck effectively arriving on set as a prop, even though a manned O.B. Unit would have been perfectly outfitted for such an event. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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.
[pause]
Michael Parkinson: You don't know, do you?
Dr Lin Pascoe: [after a moment] No, I don't.
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Connections

Followed by Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains (2012) See more »

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It's still scary!
3 November 2002 | by beaky_gSee all my reviews

I first watched this on that Halloween Night at the age of twelve. I remember being really scared and I loved it. My friends and I were recently bemoaning the fact that the BBC will never show it again when our local arts centre scheduled it for a screening on Halloween.

So exactly 10 years to the day that I first saw GhostWatch, I was watching it again, desperate for it to live up to expectations. It certainly did. It was a very different experience watching it on a big cinema screen, and the acting quality of some of the family left a little to be desired. However, I thought it was as brilliant as I'd remembered. We were also lucky enough to be treated to a Questions and Answers session with the writer Stephen Volk afterwards.

It's a shame that the BBC refuse to show it again, but the consolation is that the BFI have apparently released it on DVD!! So time to buy it and try to count how many times you can see the ghost. Happy Hunting!


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