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Ghostwatch (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 »

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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 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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Horror | Mystery

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

BBC Online - Cult Vault

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1992 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Many of Sarah Greene's Camera crew were real life camera crew. 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

[last lines]
Michael Parkinson: The studio's... completely dark. Just... just blackness. All the lights have failed. The... the power's gone off.
[phosphorescent glow rises]
Michael Parkinson: We've... got some lights in the studio. I don't know... there's cameras, but I don't know which one's working... I mean... there are no... No camermen! I mean... it's difficult to know even if anybody's still... still with us, but if they are, this is the scene in this studio... this totally deserted studio.
[cats start to shriek in background]
Michael Parkinson: ...
[...]
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Once more, I was led "round and round the garden".
6 January 2003 | by SchnorbitzSee all my reviews

Finally got hold of the DVD today, and I am pleased to say that the shivers were still sent up and down my spine, as they first did more than 10 years ago. After seeing it (in the daytime!), I jumped at every single noise in the building where I live, and found myself shaking. The programme seems to be so much stronger than the sum of its (not inconsiderable) parts, and is so subtly written and directed that any dated aspects (chunky technology, and Parky looking less wrinkly than he does these days) or weak performances (the elder daughter is much less convincing than the younger daughter) pale in comparison with an immensely rich, disturbing, powerful piece of television. An event. As the commentary suggests, there is so much about families, the supernatural and the public's relationship with TV - even if the producer uses the word "genre" too much - but nothing will prepare you for the visceral scares that will leave your heart pounding. Was that Pipes, there? No. Yes? And the subtleties visible on this DVD! When Sarah Greene investigates the damp patch in the living room, the clock beind her has already stopped at the same time - 9pm - as the cameraman's watch had. And take a GOOD look at the spectators standing behind Craig Charles as he leaves the playground... For anyone who wants to experience just what television can do to your nerves... Just buy this programme!


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