I am a faithful Most Haunted watcher, i don't believe in it, but i find it entertaining for some reason. If you watch Paranormal Activity the movie you get about as many happenings as Most Haunted and look how successful that film was. It doesn't have to be real to be fun. THE THING IS i didn't go to see Most Haunted Live when it was still Most Haunted Live, i went to see Yvette Fielding's Night Of Frights just last night in Halifax...
This new title to the show seems to also be a final admission by the cast that everything is faked. I might be wrong, but in this new show they seemed to take the piss out of their own work, every bit of it. Even in the advert for it it says "is it real or a performance?", but if it's a performance why use all the stuff you've used when you claimed you're genuine paranormal investigators?
The whole show was staged and so obviously so no one could leave under the impression it was a genuine paranormal investigation unless mindless. Within two hours it contained more than four hours of Most Haunted Live packed in awkwardly, the audience members who were chosen to join them were able to do so for mere minutes before being hurried off stage having experienced naught but a rumbling on a tabletop.
It had lights going on and off in the theatre, tappings, whistlings, people crying in the audience, people being tapped under their chairs, oh yes ALL the classics... THE COLD WIND, oh yes even i fell victim to this terrible curse, "oooh it's getting cold in here, can you feel that?", it was actually blatantly them blowing cold air at us through some kind of vent. I could even feel it before the investigation started and it was a continuous, every now a then, gust of air blown over the audience.... they even had a DJ-esque tech guy sat behind us with a giant set of buttons like he was the one triggering each and every paranormal LIE! ALL LIES! But so obviously LIES, not at all put across to make us believe it...............surely?
It blows all their credibility with believers and fans and they clearly aren't concerned about their paranormal reputations - their reputations as entertainers, however, remains intact! It's just the same as any other supposed psychics, anyway, and they did entertain a lot of people. I'd still have watched it if they said it was fake, they could even add more to it if they just confessed it's twaddle, like more visual sightings, a shadow with horns to join the mention of the infamous name Jake...
Ah, Jake, who was clearly also invented just to keep watchers watching for this impish DEMON, not spirit, but DEMON to appear and claim Yvette. Perhaps even the devil himself who's powers are apparently also limited to rapping on a table or touching Kath's hair. It's no wonder God's powers are questioned so often, maybe the most He can do is roll a marble back to you, too! Lets all try it.
The show started with pictures of a supposed genuine possessed girl and recordings of her final days on the earth (now dead) in pain and roaring like the devil, which i found slightly offensive if i am right that the show is being open about faking everything. Ok, i don't believe in possessed people either, but the girl did die believing it herself, so she shouldn't be used on a show that's to mock the paranormal.
Anyway, they crammed this two hours with everyone's favourite things and then culminated EXACTLY at the two hour point when the show ended with Stuart being possessed and strangling Yvette (presumed dead? i'm sure she'll still make the next show on the 21st)... if they're serious and really want us to believe this was real then they wouldn't have timed it perfectly at the end of the show! Like they have before, many times... they would have had someone sent up to apologise and might have continued when Stuart and Yvette felt better, instead it ended on that key and "the credits rolled" and we were told to leave by a girl made up to look possessed on a screen and a priest came out to bless anyone who felt affected by the show....
I stayed to be blessed... don't want to take any chances and enrage the spirits, as my chair might tip slightly and unnoticeably at some point in the future.
Most Haunted is a British paranormal investigation show that first aired in 2002. It can currently be seen on Living TV. Most Haunted has had 14 seasons so far, showing in various countries. Each episode during season one was 90 minutes long but from season 2, episodes were cut to be only 45 minutes.
Most Haunted follows married couple, Yvette Fielding and Carl Beaty as they go around the UK, finding and investigation some of the most (rumoured to be) haunted places. Yvette and Carl take with them a team of paranormal investigators including parapsychologist, Ciaran O'Keeffe, a medium which used to be Derek Acorah but has now changed to Chris Conway and sound and visual experts.
Episodes begin with a bit of background about the place the team are visiting and interviews with the team to see how they feel about the visit and what they think might happen. Historians have been used on some series to give a more accurate account of the buildings that are being investigated. The historian also gives details to the audience about some previous sightings at the location. The whole team take a look around the building while it is still light to see where the best places to try and find spirits are. While they are walking around, the team reveal any initial worries they might be feeling or what else they are expecting from the night after having a look around. Any tests being carried out are put in place before nightfall and recorded so that any activity or movement will be visible.
As soon as it is dark, the team take a walk around the building once more in complete darkness, sometimes stopping in particular rooms along the way. These rooms are usually where sightings have previously happened or strange things have been heard. From here, anything can happen really but whether or not the events are real a question all its own.
A few years ago, there was quite a bit in the media about Derek Acorah and whether or not he was a true medium. Tests were put in place without him knowing obviously to see whether or not he was making things up. Unfortunately for Derek, he took the bait and spoke about spirits that had been totally made up. Since then, he was no longer a member of the show and rightfully so. This kind of thing makes me wonder even more whether or not any of it is real. Until Derek Acorah was revealed as a fake, I believed most of what was happening and didn't think they were allowed to lie unless stating that some parts were added for entertainment value (like Wife Swap USA does).
Although Yvette Fielding does look extremely scared most episodes, I think some of this is down to acting. If it was me in this kind of situation, then I would be incredibly scared but Yvette obviously knows that acting this way will bring in ratings as it happens way too often. Some of the places that Most Haunted visit are really large buildings and often extremely old so I think that they are bound to creak and make strange noises at night.
I do wonder that if everything about the show is fake, how some of the tricks and stunts are done. There have been times when strange shadows etc have been caught on camera and it seems as if they couldn't be faked but I guess everything can be nowadays. Another thing that makes me wonder is the orbs that Yvette is always babbling on about. Surely on night vision, these could be dust particles floating around with all of the movements that are going on and not spirits manifesting themselves.
I really used to love this show and found it very entertaining but Derek Acorah really ruined everything about it for me. Since he has left the show, I have only watched a couple of episodes but cant really get into it anymore.
Wednesday at 10 is my turn for the TV controls, because thats when the current series of Most Haunted is showing on Living TV.
I have watched Most Haunted for years, probably since about 2002, when it was first dreamed up by ex Blue Peter presenter Yvette Fielding, and husband Carl Beatty. As an idea,it was brilliant, as ghosts and ghoullies are a very popular topic of conversation in Britain, only this morning I went to an Art class, where I heard all about strange happenings in the legendary Sker House, which is a local landmark, apparently witnessed by one of the class members,- gave me goosepimples!. .Yvette and Carl launched a sort of (extremely) amateurish programme where a team of assorted friends and relations visit a reputedly haunted location for a standard 24 hours, to see what they can find out. They are joined by a medium, currently the very nice Chris Conway, in the early days the hyper-dramatic Derek Acorah, who would interpret every little bump or clunk of the Central Heating as being due to a menacing entity "yes, thats him alright,Yvette, over there in the corner". They are also joined usually by the more analytical Kieron O'Keefe a sceptic, and expert in paranormal phenomena.
If you haven't seen the programme, it follows a standard format.After the introductory credits, and a few creepy photographic effects we are welcomed to the programme by a glamorous Yvette, who introduces us to the nights location, sometimes joined by Kieron who may give us a few suggestions of what to look out for at the location.
Then we have the lit walk round, joined by the medium, who tries to sense whatever spirits may be lurking around. Some information may be given by a historian, last night Leslie Smith, Often the medium seems to pick up on historic events,but although the location is meant to be secret, yet could he have guessed, and looked it all up on the internet the night before? Maybe, I would say. O ften during the initial walk round weird knockings can be heard or faint moans and groans, this occured last night in Carlisle Castle.
Then the most interesting phase of the programme takes place, the lights are switched off, and the investigation goes ahead.Now, I do think that over the years Most Haunted has captured some genuinely strange and weird moments. As examples orbs have appeared shooting out of pictures,during the programme about Jamaica Inn, Yvette scried into a mirror, and I could clearly see the image of a lady in a hat which seemed to appear.Objects have apparently been thrown,and furniture moved on its own,we have heard drum beats and strange knockings. We have never seen a proper ghost manifestation, and that is what everybody is waiting for next. Some things could be faked, and the programme is certainly very staged for TV. Sorry, but I don't altogether trust Carl, he is always spotting camera shy figures, or Stuart, Kath and Leslie are scaredy cats, especially Leslie, but Yvette is different, much more believable, and Kieron brings us back down to earth a bit.
Yvette has really been on a journey. Like myself she is not herself psychic, but used to be very screamy and scared. These days she is much braver, and I do believe genuinly trying to investigate.Though with Carl in tow, or Stuart to look after it must be hard. One frustrating aspect of the programme is that they are always moving out of the more active areas as soon as things seem to be getting interesting. Sometimes even the mediums seem keen to get out, I saw Derek look panicky on a couple of occasions, though not yet at least the current medium, Chris. There are plenty of funny moments, and unintentional slips and falls.
Now, the programme has had an odd effect on me. When I started watching, like Yvette, I was scared stiff, I hated getting up to the bathroom in the night, or being in creepy buildings on my own, but for some reason I am now a lot braver. My husband says he has seen quite a few strange things (non alcohol related), and a few months ago is convinced he saw some kind of dark figure cross our living room and leave through the door,in broad daylight, a few years ago I'd have been totally freaked out by this,and probably had to move,but now somehow it doesn't bother me, unless I see something with my own eyes, which I don't want to and don't expect to.
One disappointing aspect of Most Haunted is that they never seem to follow things up much,though they are starting to do so more. Also I find some of the Live programmes a bit too dark for me. Trying to summon up evil spirits on Halloween is a bit too heavy for me. My Methodist background must be kicking in. I wouldn't use a ouija board myself, but I can watch it as part of the programme.
I'm giving Most Haunted a 4. Its not universally appreciated in my family "we don't have to watch Most Haunted again do we mum?" but I like it and find it sort of cosy.I'm leaving off one star because I don't think they should try to court dark forces.
The first series of Most Haunted began in 2002 as a Uk based show aired on Living TV. The show details paranormal investigations of supposedly the most haunted places in Great Britain.
For years I was never a fan of the show and wrote it off as absolute rubbish, but I quickly became hooked when I gave it a chance.
The investigations are carried out by a team lead by Yvette Fielding and her husband Carl Beaty. Joined by a medium, the team set out to communicate with the dead by various means and report their findings via this very entertaining TV show.
The team are also joined by a parapsychologist, Dr. Ciaran O'Keeffe, his role is to rationalise the teams findings and come up with explanations of why certain things might have happened, basically he tries to disprove that the findings are caused by something supernatural. I think this is a nice touch to the show as it leads viewers to see the show as more believable in my opinion. However, there have been a few things that haven't been able to be explained.
I'm a great lover of all things spookly and paranormal, I have witnessed many things in my time that proves to me that there is definitely something else out there, and I would love to believe that the happenings in this show were real, but sadly I don't.
But still, it scares me. Stupidly I usually watch this show late at night. A few episodes take me through to the wee hours which leaves me too scared to even go to the toilet on my own. I tried this one time and ended up running into a wall in the pitch dark and nearly knocked myself out!
Either Yvette and the team are very good actors, the stuff we see in the show really does happen or it's merely a case of spending a night in a supposedly haunted location would be enough to freak the team out to such an extent that they manage to scare themselves, aswell as us. I'm going with this option. I believe that there probably have been some very scary things happen during the filming of Most haunted but I do however think that the happenings are largely embellished and the show is very cleverly edited for the best effect possible.
It really annoys me during the show when all of a sudden a few or all of the team members start running or screaming for no apparent reason. As the viewer, most of the time I am not able to see or hear what provoked this kind of reaction and I'm just left wondering what the hell just happened.
I find it very hard to believe that the team have managed to witness enough genuine paranormal activity to enable the show to run for so long. At the end of the day it's their job and they have to make money, and to have these spirits dance to their tune is completely unbelievable. It's called "paranormal" activity for a reason, if it was that easy to come across, wouldn't it just be called "normal" activity?
Carl, I find is very irritating. His tough guy act becomes very old quickly as he is always going against the advice of the team and mediums.
Derek Accorah who no longer works on the show, and has apparently been exposed as being a "fake" was rather annoying also. His episodes of being possessed were absolutely pathetic and totally unbelievable and ruined the show.
Other than this, I do enjoy the show. I actually visited one of the locations, The Mountain Skirrid Inn in South Wales which isn't far from where I live.
I was able to catch many orbs on camera and a very strange white shape. We also conducted a ouija board there which was unsuccessful.
The scariest things to happen here was when looking at the area where the bed was placed on the screen of a digital camera just before taking a photograph, there seemed to be a white shape that floated in from nowhere and disappeared into nothingness at the foot of the bed. Also, I was awoken at around 3 am by a very loud bang which seemed to come from the right hand corner of the room.
If anyone is interested in any pictures, especially rh one of the white shape just send me a message and I will be very happy to send it to you.
Although I love Most Haunted I can only give it 4 stars as I believe a lot of it is set up and exaggerated. I would love itto be real!
I love the most haunted on tv and it has to be the best paranormal investigatory programme thats on air, with serious and intense investigations, artifact use and guided mediums, with excellent results.
On every week on living tv the most haunted programme exceeds all others on tv albeit there arent many on but I find is much more informative and exciting than others such as ghost watch or ghost seekers, also it is based within britain with a british crew which makes it more interesting for british public whereas many paranormal programmes are made within america.
Each programme is an hour long, where the team visit different locations each week and investigate them through a 24 hour period and the main experiments take place in the dead of night. Experiments such as ouija boards, planchetes, calling out, electrode tasers and camera/and energy equipment are used throughout and there is always a result, some weeks more than others.
The interesting scenario that most haunted brings however is the presence of a paranormal psychologist and sceptic which gives other alternatives to goings on and events that take place, which is where they balance out the paranormal with the scientific, they do the same investigations throughout and sometimes dont have explanations at all.
Most haunted do a live series which is done a few times a year and is excellent especially at halloween. Every night there are hours of broadcasted investigation and insight into a specific location with audience participation and online viewing of webcams to see if you can spot a ghost yourself. I love these and it entices you more to be drawn into the investigation and fear that is brought with it.
An excellent programme with real people and sceptics with incredible and continual evidence of paranormal happenings.
Shown at 9pm on Tuesdays on Living TV, this programme is one of the best comedies on satellite television, the show is presented by Yvette Fielding a former Blue Peter presenter who has fallen on hard times, she is spikey and humourous but overall she is simply a foil for the created chaos around her.
The idea of the show is that the crew including Fielding, Brian a psychic and Ciaran a Parapsychologist (Is that really a real title or simply a name for somebody who can find a real explanation for trees rattling and things going bang in a room with a television crew?).
The show gets the cameramen, sound people and make up staff involved to give it a lo-fi 'Blair Witch Project' feel to it, the show builds up the paranormal history of a place and then places the psychic (overblown, elaborate and really unrealistic) at the centre of it with a crew of 'real' television people who may or may not be believers to give it authenticity.
My problem with the programme is that we have to believe these peoples intentions are true, they are a film crew trying to get ratings if they go somewhere and its just a quiet house are they still going to hear bangs, voices etc to add to the ratings, personally I really think so as i'm sure if you or I went to these places things would be fine.
This programme follows a long history of people claiming to speak to the dead, its fairly laughable and although some may find it useful to them, the psychic generally comes across as a real comedy creation parodying themselves to high heaven while the show itself seems to me to be self made rather than real. Its purely my opinion and is well worth at least half an hour of your time to make up your own mind if you can handle night photography, squealing camp men and people pretending to be/not be scared when really they are doing a job.
Most Haunted is among the most shockingly inane TV shows that I have ever seen, and for all of my insults towards the likes of Eastenders and other tawdry soaps, Most Haunted is arguably worse because it's a PRETENTIOUS bad show, that believes its own hype and think that it's doing something momentus, when, in fact, it's just a load of tosh.
Hosted by the frankly irritating Yvette Fielding, the show has her investigating paranormal activity in dilapidated old buildings and a variety of other creepy locations. They're looking for ghosts, but honestly, what most of the show consists of by my estimation is Fielding commenting how an area of the room is colder than the rest, then getting spooked and screaming.
The show attempts to have some sort of scientific veracity by having historians and scientists along with the psychic loons too, but to be honest it's clear what the show is aiming at, and it wants people to get invested in its rather flimsy conceit that they are really looking for ghosts when, above all else, it's just a cheap as chips run through a dark building with the use of night vision cameras to try and build what passes for suspense.
Probably the worst thing about the show is Derek Acorah, a psychic who claims that he can detect the various dead energies within the purportedly haunted areas, often causing him to have some sort of fit, which is more unintentionally hilarious than anything. The show takes itself SO SERIOUSLY without realising that it is, in fact, absolute tosh. It's amazing that people buy into the very poor conceit that this show has, and I can't believe that it's popular enough to STILL be going!
This the first time i have reviewed something i absolutely despise!!
I am completely shocked to find under the description for most haunted as "Living TV's most popular show" just as i am gathering my composure i am hit with the bombshell that this has been commissioned for 13 series and a total of 161 episodes of dross. Come on how many haunted locations are there in the UK!! Where next a barn where there was a lonely cow but he cheered up before passing away
The shows basic setup is Yvette Fielding and her cronies(mostly so called mediums/psychics and her crew) visit apparently haunted locations within the UK turn the lights off, feign fear badly whilst one of the mediums spout incorrect nonsense apparently under the guise of being possessed.
For the viewer this is complete train wreck TV not only is it a visual disaster as everything is conveniently in night vision with the supposed intent of toning up the fear factor. Also its almost cringe worthy to see grown adults act like morons for 45minutes.
Despite this my poor mum, who is of sound mind and intellect is glued to this rubbish and this leaves me feeling more uneasy than the show itself!
This is a must see T.V programme for anyone that is into the paranormal.
The idea you all wish you had had, money for old rope.
The basics of the show are Yvette Fielding ex Blue Peter presenter and her husband Karl Beattie together with a crew of camera men and sound men plus other tag alongs go around haunted locations in the U.K looking for things that go bump in the night.
The show first shown on Living T.V in 2002 has a cult following.
Tagging along with them are also a couple of mediums Chris Conway and Chris Robinson who has dreams in which spirits tell him the future(yes ive had that too its called vodka and I can predict I will spend the next day over the toilet ralphing)and a sceptic Dr Ciaran O Keeffe who is supposed to be there to give a scientific explanation of the occurences during the programme.
The team walk around the chosen locations in the dark and use night vision to enhance the spookiness of the show.
The sad thing is you never actualy see or hear anything really, is it genuine?my answer is probably not but still wouldnt watch it on my own!
There have also been quite a lot of most haunted live specials that last for around 4 hours per night usualy Halloween time.
My advice is to record them as the amount of breaks that are in this show are a joke, around every 15 minutes.
There was an article in the mirror in 2005 that aparantly exposed the then medium of the show Dereck Acorah as a fake and also stated that footage of the show was obtained showing members of the show faking knocks and bumps.
Dereck Acorah has since left the show but the show goes on.
My thoughts on the show are if you want a bit of a laugh then watch it but take it with a pinch of salt (or maybe you might like to try a circle and stand in it).I mean what self respecting spirit would be in a cold dark spooky location at night anyway bet they are tucked up in spirit world with a good book.
Let's just get this out of the way, I am addicted to watching this programme and yes I do get a lot of stick for it. I'm willing to admit that on some occassions the 'ghostly activity' does seem a bit suspicous and as though they've had to do a spot of ad lib every now and again but what about those moments you cannot possibly explain. A piano captured playing but with nobody there, a bed moving by itself or one of the crew getting unexplained cuts on his back.
Shown on LivingTV usually at 9pm on Tuesdays, Yvette Fielding and co investigate supposed haunted buildings to seek out and provide any evidence that ghosts are real. All very simple and not a unique programme idea but somehow Most Haunted has managed to keep its viewers interested for just over 7 years now!
It lasts for an hour, bit less because of ad breaks, and more or less builds up to the best bits. At the beginning of each episode it's all very talky. They have their usual walk through so you know a tiny bit of history about the place that they are investigating. If you've watched as many as I have you'd know betime now that a lot of the ghosts are small children playing, a maid who's commited suicide, a mother or some man who has treated people very poorly.
The crew are expected to spend a full 24 hours in these buildings but you can guarantee that about 2am they'll get a bit scared and call it quits. I don't blame them mind. You wouldn't catch me doing it. They always have cameras set up in different locations so that you can see from set view points if anything is going on which they can pick up on later.
Whatever they capture or discover they always put it to a parapsychologist, to see what his opinions are. They always have a bucket load of orbs (invisable ghostly shapes) although Ciaran O'Keeffe, no matter how impressive they might be always states that they are probably just dust or small insects. To be honest I don't know why they bother to mention them anymore. It is always nice to see his reaction when he's a bit stumped as to what explanation he can give. You'll get a 'I am impressed' or maybe even a 'needs to be re examined to be certain of what could of happened' type of response. But he is lovely (!) so I'm willing to forgive his non commitment.
Another thing you can be certain of, is that there will be lots of swearing, knock once for yes, twice for no, footsteps, sudden cold spots and unexplained noises.
All in all this is a great programme to watch, especially late at night with the lights out and nobody but yourself for company. Freaks me out everytime. It's even better when they have the live versions although you do have to be very patient for things to happen and on occassion it can get annoying because they stick a break in just when things are livening up!
Even if you don't believe in ghosts it's still entertaining, especially when you see their little scared faces when they don't know what to think anymore. I'm still very undecided as to whether I believe or not but maybe for some people it'll make it a bit clearer for them.
Most Haunted is Living TV's biggest and most popular show which has gone from humble beginnings to become a global show which has gone from strength to strength. The show is presented by Yvette Fielding and her husband Karl Beattie who with their team (camera crew, sound, historians, etc) go to visit some of the reportedly haunted places around the UK (now also in other worldwide locations) and along with the help of the psychic medium work to try to find out who is supposedly haunting the locations and why. The team use many different techniques to try to obtain evidence to prove the existence of ghosts and to try to ensure that they are not considered to be cheating or faking anything they also have the help of a parapsychologist who tries to use reasoning and science in order to decide if the evidence caught can be explained through any means other than a paranormal one.
The show is a great show for entertainment and some of the evidence they present is intriuging but it is down to the individual to make their own decisions on each piece of evidence as you are never sure of if their is faking going on due to the fact it would only take one member of the team to do this to destroy the respect and believability that the show has worked hard over the years to build. The show has undergone team changes, parapsychologist changes and psychic medium changes over the years and so the show continues to develop and change with regards to the setup and feel of the show.
Most haunted is a show in which a team of people led by Yvette Fielding go in search of ghosts in the most haunted places in the UK. If these are the most haunted places in the UK, id hate to see them trying to find ghosts in the least haunted places in the UK as they havnt found any sound proof yet.
Most episodes they pick up some sounds, or one of the crew say they thought somone touched them however this could all be staged and its hard to tell if the program is real or fake.
The program also has Derek Accorah on it, who i personally hate and think is a fake any way, he now has his own cold reading show which has been proven to be fake and thats whats led me to believe that most haunted was all set up as well.
I first started wwtching the program as i am quite open minded to things like this, and i do have some belief that ghosts may exist, and things like this really interest me as i want to know the truth about things however the show has made me think, if anything that ghosts arnt real, otherwise they would have found some real proof by now.
Despite all this, the show is still very entertaining to watch most of the time and Yvette Fielding is quite a good host, the celebrity versions of the show have been great to watch too, to see how scared some people get, however i would really like to see some real evidence some time soon.
Now that Acorah has left Most Haunted, and has been replaced by David Wells and now Brian Shepard... the show still provides the same entertainment it always has. It matters little if you believe in the ghosts or not, it always seems to come up with the odd thing that seems 'unexplainable'. A good example of this is the 'Dartford libary' show. There is some impressive book throwing, especially when a a book on a certain subject is asked for... it 'magically' falls off a shelf. Apparently, this is doen by the spirit of an old librarian, who died int he 60's.Please watch, you will be entertained whatever your beliefs in such things.It has provided my wife and myself with some of the most moving, funniest and weirdest TV we have ever seen.
Love it or hate it, Most Haunted is compelling viewing. In its simplest form the show is about the investigation of supposedly haunted locations throughout the UK using psychic mediums, paranormal investigators and scientific equipment.
The shows two mainstays are Yvette Fielding and, (her now husband) Karl Beattie, who also produce and direct the show. Yvette leads the way in the shows, and is the organiser, and things are done (or not done) on her command, and in her way!
Also important to the show are the mediums.There have been many of them going back to 2002 when the show first started, but in recent years the main ones are Derek Acorah, Brian shepherd, David Wells and Matthew Smith.
Out of this assembly of mediums, I personally find Derek Acorah the most entertaining by far. Widely accepted as one of the worlds most gifted mediums, Derek, who hails from Liverpool, and is 58 years old, has golden, spiky,heavily brill-creamed hair, with a nice little stud earring. Effeminate in his ways, Derek claims to have a sort of "Guardian Angel" named Sam, who often converses with Derek on a daily basis, and even more so during a show it seems.
Now I'm not sure whether Sam is a softly spoken Angel, or whether, being 58, its Dereks hearing, but Sam and Derek are often at loggerheads over an apparitions name. Derek can't quite seem to understand or hear what Sam is trying to tell him. Often saying to Sam "Say that again would you Sam!"
"Her name's what Sam?"Anne did you say Sam?" "What Sam. Anna?" "Annette Sam?" "Yes!!" whoops Derek with glee "It's Annette", and if all else fails and poor Derek really can't understand Sam's wailing he will turn round and proclaim to Yvette that the spirit begins with the letter "A", all to Yvette's bemusement.
One of the most fascinating, and some sceptics might even say, hilarious parts of the show is when Derek throws one of his "wobblies". He apparently, (and again some sceptics would say this normally occurs when there is not much paranormal activity on the show) gets possessed by some evil spirit or unworldly Demon despite his sympathetic protests to "Sam" to prevent this from happening. In his state of possession, poor Derek has a grimace on his face, with his lips all gnarled, his upper lip curling into an Elvis-like position. He is then known to walk around the haunted location menacingly and threateningly, putting a voice to his "possessor" which is often dark and growling, with a little hint of Liverpudlian accent thrown in for good measure!
Brian Shepherd on the other hand is more staid, concerning himself mostly with his art works which usually consist of an apparition of some sort flailing their hands about and appearing from a particular site in the haunted location, and looking in total despair.
There is a great double act with Karl Beattie and Stuart Torevell. They are often found on night vigils together and feed off each others fear. Often they will both hear a noise to which Stuart will say "Was that you Karl?" which has now become a bit of a catch-phrase. Personally I would never go on a vigil with Stuart as he looks like "Uncle Fester" and is scary enough in the daylight.
It is quite clear from the shows that Yvette Fielding rules the roost. Often poor Derek is in mid flow telling Yvette that Sam has just whispered in his ear that there is going to be trouble afoot, then, before he can draw out the next word Yvette will snap "Shhhh!"....Did you just hear that whisper or footstep or whatever, totally cutting off Derek in mid sentence. He then looks slightly bewildered and bemused at her abruptness and will agree with her whole heartedly that he, indeed, did hear the same noise as Yvette, nodding his head like a puppy in total agreement, probably out of fear of Yvette rather than him actually hearing anything.
On a usual investigation there can be upwards of ten or twelve people in a haunted room or passageway at any given time. These might include Yvette and Karl, Brian Shepherd and/or Derek Acorah, Ciaran O'Keeffe (one of the Parapsychologists) and possibly three or four crew members.
On a more serious note, there are some really frightening, and almost unexplainable events that occur. Voices and words are frequently heard, together with footsteps, tapping noises and the movement of objects.
These are fascinating to see, although in order to believe these goings on you will have to be convinced that none of the crew or cast did these occurrences in order to make the show more viewable. These opinions I'll leave for you to decide. Interestingly however, on one of their vigils, they drew an outline of a Cross around a piece of paper and left it there in a locked room with a camera, to see if the Cross would, or could be moved. On entering the room they did indeed find the Cross had been moved. However the Parapsychologist Ciaran O'Keeffe opined that it wasn't sufficient proof of paranormal activity because, although the camera showed footage of the movement of the Cross and the rustling of the paper underneath it, the bottom and top of the paper wasn't fully shown on the camera shot, thus, he couldn't rule out that someone's human hand wasn't pulling the paper and moving the Cross. This beggars the question: "Why did not a fully experienced camera crew and investigation team not realise this at the time of setting up the experiment in the first place?????
Also in some haunted locations you see a chair or table moving, but again, the Parapsychologist will insist it isn't good enough evidence because the only available footage can't discern whether or not someone pushed or kicked it, either by accident, or by design. This beggars a second question: "Why don't the experienced camera crew and cast put a wide angle camera in one corner of the room to rule out these obstacles that the Parapsychologists put forward for their scientific explanation of events????
After the nights investigation work the whole evenings events are then analysed scientifically by one of the Parapsychologists who brings a calming influence to proceedings. He will usually insist that the frightening sound or footstep has been made by a human, either inadvertently, or as a prank. The movement of objects is usually put down to the wind or some other phenomena other than paranormal.
The shows are normally one hour long but are padded out. The first twenty five minutes usually sees Yvette having a chat to one of the mediums about the history of the building and whether or not there are any ghosts or spirits lurking around. After that there is the customary four minute advert break, then another few minutes where they go into night vision (this is where they switch off all the lights and the scary things usually happen). Another four minute break usually follows this and the show finally ends its vigil with about 8 minutes left which is used up by scientifically trying to explain the nights happenings by one of the Parapsychologists. So basically there is only between fifteen and twenty minutes of the really interesting and exciting stuff.
A word of warning:There is some extremely bad language on the show. Understandable really, if you think you are being pursued by a poltergeist or are on the receiving end of one of Derek Acorah's unearthly possessions!!
Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, this show is well worth watching so that you can come to your own conclusions about the occurrences that happened at these haunted locations.
Just don't watch it on your own!!
***ABOUT THE PROGRAMME***
This programme is shown on Living TV and follows a team visiting Haunted places and area's which are supposedly Haunted. As the team explore derelict and supposedly haunted buildings you will hear and see everything they do. The team has visited many famous buildings including Chillingham Castle in Northumberland, Theatre Royal in London, Charnock Hall in Lancashire and the list goes on.
The team has a live audience in or near the location and they also have webcams set up on the location they are investigating, so you can watch this online and report to the forums whether you see or hear anything strange. In the studio they also have a Historian & a Darks Arts Specialist/Demonologist.
With the crew they also have a Medium who picks up names and people who are haunting the building as well as other history about the building. The Historian & Dark Arts Specialist job is too look up the information that the Medium comes up with to see if they can verify anything. With the team is also a parapsychologist who tries to come up with explanations about the noises or things you may see or hear whilst on location.
They tour the location in the day and then the real excitement starts when they go to night vision and they are left in complete darkness without being able to see who they are standing next too, and who they might walk into!
The team will carry out experiments and do Ouija boards to try to get into contact with the spirits. (PLEASE DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!). A lot of the time they do get a response and they ask questions and sometimes the answers can be not only surprising but very scary as well. They have also be known to use Voodoo dolls which Fred Batt has made. After using the voodoo doll it is then given back to Fred Batt where he does a spell which makes the doll un-usable. (AGAIN, PLEASE DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!)
They have also tied a team member to a chair and have called out asking for things to this person to happen. Please bear in mind that the person tied into the chair has no ear-piece and is in a different room, so they have no idea what the rest of the team may be asking to happen. This experiment is very effective as it usually always works and you will see the team member in the chair clutch their leg or arm.
* Yvette Fielding - Is the location presenter and a lot of you will know her from Blue Peter quite a few years back, but she is now best known as the heart, soul and scream of this programme, which she presents with husband Karl Beatty.
* Lesley Smith - Is a leading Historian on the show, she is also curator of Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire.
* Brian Shepherd - Is a Medium and Psychic Artist, he visits the locations in the day and sketches what he see's and reports on what his feeling are and what presence he can feel.
* Ciaran O'Keeffe - Is a Parapsychologist, which is the role of evaluating all aspects of investigations. Using special equipment he has to determine whether the team's experience is paranormal or attributable to other factors.
* Cath Howe - Is the Make Up & Hair Stylist but has also become pat of the investigation team. You will normally find her huddled behind someone and you can always hear her screams.
* Karl Beatty - Is Yvette's Husband and is also the Director, Producer and a Cameraman as well.
* Stuart Travel -Is the main Camera Man
* Julian Clegg - Is the interactive host and read out what viewers see on the webcams.
* Billy Roberts - Is a Medium.
***HOW DID I GET INTO THIS?***
My mum start watching this maybe 2-3 years ago and I sometimes used to watch it with her. It never used to interest me and it always used to look really boring until I watched it one night with my mum and lots of activity happened when they visited a Haunted location. (I can't remember which one this was!)
***DO I REALLY BELIEVE THIS?***
At first I wasn't too sure whether to believe the things which were going on or not. On some location not a lot of things happened apart from banging and whistling and anyone of the team members could be doing this. I do believe in things like ghosts and paranormal activity and recently of investigations when they have heard banging noises they make sure the cameraman is filming everyone's feet to prove they are not making the banging noises themselves.
Having the mediums with the team make this more believable and the mediums don't know where they are going until they get to the location so they are unable to do any research about the location. They are expected to pick things up as they investigate the location which a lot of the time the Mediums are fantastic and they pick up a lot of names.
The more of this programme I watch the more believable I find it and it has become a regular thing for me and my mum to watch it.
I really believe in things like this and I know we all have different opinions on this but because I truly believe in this that's why I have put DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME. I don't think it's a good idea to experiment with things you don't know or don't have experience about! Remember the team have Mediums and they very often use/do protection spells on each and every member of the team!