Wednesday, 31 October 2012

What big eyes you have...


631,238,400 seconds. 10,520,640 minutes. 175,344 hours. 7306 days. 1043 weeks. 20 years.

Happy Hallowe'en, Ghostwatchers - and also, Happy Twentieth Anniversary to Ghostwatch! To mark this momentous occasion (and also National Séance 2012 which kicks off at 9:25pm tonight), our new Gloryhole page has been updated with practically EVERY Ghostwatch Story ever sent in to the BtC project - from our humble beginnings on YouTube around 2007(ish), onward.

Many thanks as always to everyone who sent in a message! Ghostwatch Stories are one of the defining aspects of the show's legacy and have helped keep the old 'Hallowe'en Hoax' firmly in the public consciousness now for *just* over two decades. At some point, most of us have felt compelled to share our experiences (or even make a film!) concerning the show, and when combined, I think you'll agree, they make for some pretty fascinating reading. We've really enjoyed checking them out and hope to see many more in years to come.

Looking forward to seeing you all at NS12 later on! Quick update re: the doc - work is still ongoing, and all things permitting, it shouldn't be too long before we're completely, wholly, totally locked and ready for release sometime later this year. We had a truly phenomenal response following the premiere of our new trailer on SFX.co.uk - with lots of new followers and messages coming in thick and fast. Thanks again to everyone for all the kind words and re-tweets. Intriguingly, for some reason, more than a few Tweeters seem to be under the impression that the doc is a BBC production and is set for imminent release on BBC Four(!) Just to set the record straight, the doc has been solely produced by Lawman Productions (Rich Lawden and Ghostwatch director, Lesley Manning's production company) and currently, there is no word on any potential broadcast date (at least, for the near future). Should any news come through on that front, we'll be sure to update the blog, as per usual.

Also, be sure to check out the close of The Culture Show on BBC Two at about 22:25. Yes, it'll eat into NS12 for a few mins, but it might just prove to be an interesting diversion, even so. :)

Happy 20th Birthday, Ghostwatch! Many Happy Returns and thanks for the sleepless nights...

Friday, 26 October 2012

Ghostwatch back on... CBBC?


During today's Hallowe'en edition of popular, kids' TV, nostalgia fest, 12 Again, a few of the interviewees discussed their experiences with spooky TV - ranging from The X Files to Most Haunted, 999 to Worzel Gummidge, and even Ghostwatch.

It's truly remarkable how clips from one of the most infamous British Horrors can wind up being broadcast during the CBBC time-slot (how times have changed..!). Least of all when you consider the twenty year long (to date) gap between initial broadcast and now (which has yet to see a single repeat in full). Still, nice to see the show getting a mention in time for Hallowe'en.

To check out the Spooky Special for yourself, click the image below and head to the 22:10 mark. Just be sure to shake your head incredulously when the "zombie" line comes up.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Oh, hang on... we're on!

Here we go...

Be sure to head on over to SFX.co.uk if you want to catch the exclusive premiere of the trailer for Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains - the upcoming retrospective documentary that's been five... actually, make that, twenty years in the making..!

Release date is currently 2012 (in time for the show's 20th Anniversary) with more news on that front hopefully coming very soon indeed.

Yes. If you can believe it, the finish line is finally in sight. Thank you so much for your support. Lesley Manning and I can't wait to show you what we've made together. Special thanks goes to Arfon Jones who created the wonderful original artwork for our announcement poster!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

What's going on, like..?

Another little gem here, sent in from Rear Admiral Lieutenant General Symes of G&T Towers. In fact, it's something of a revelation...

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Craig Charles did not star in Ghostwatch. His role, was in fact, entirely portrayed by on-screen double, Lloyd Mullaney. And that's a hundred-percent true, that.

It seems that during last night's episode of Coronation Street (specifically, the 7.30pm episode on Monday 1st Oct), a handful of old photographs were presented as undeniable proof that lovable character, Lloyd is father to a long-lost daughter, or something. And wouldn't you know it, one snapshot clearly shows old Doormouse Cheeks at the house in Foxhill Drive (specifically, the Early Family's kitchen), grinning away into camera with his own inimitable brand of chirpy, gerbil-faced optimism.

Not only that, but this strangely-reminiscent image appears to bear a striking resemblance to the very same informative screen-grab headlining Craig's bio in the blog's Cast Section (minus the watermark, naturally).

"Get out the way a minute, you're in the middle of my close-up..."

Hamstergrams.

Incredible coincidence, or just 'faces in the fire'? You decide... No, wait, I'll decide for you. It is the same picture. There you go. Seven-seconds of thinking-time saved. Now, feel free to savour in the blissful insanity of this staggeringly-quaint revelation - GHOSTWATCH WAS FEATURED IN CORRIE LAST NIGHT.

And if you'd like to see the scene for yourself, head on over to the ITV Player and skip ahead to the 15:30 mark for the start of the scene.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Welcome to Fright Night..!

C U R T A I N S

That special time of year, which brings a chill to your skin
Has at long last arrived, twenty-twelve, ten months in

Particularly unsettling, if by fortune, you are
A fan of the show Ghostwatch, which left many a scar
On the trusting minds of millions, both youthful and old
And which, naturally, led to tall tales being told
Some true, some false, but most of them, thrilling


Like that man under the stairs, his face always grinning
From behind jagged scars, crimson cuts and deep wounds
Torn open by felines whom he obsessively groomed
Fastidiously, hypnotically, as if in a trance
 

Hold up, wait a tick! What was that I just glanced?
Swathed in a dark robe, buttoned up to the neck

Look what I've become - a near-nervous wreck
There's nothing there now, likely neither before

My mind just playing tricks, as I open the door
To my bedroom, oddly cold, with crisp frost on the floor

My ears pick up a snarl, a meow and a hiss
My hand starts to tremble, then tightens to a fist
I look to the window, eclipsed by red drapes
An impossible blackness from which light cannot escape

The light-bulb starts to flicker, the walls start to rap
The pipes start to knock, the ceiling starts to crack
He's here, I just know it, that presence I most fear
The man-woman figure who delights in visiting, each year
 

Staring me down strongly, it tries in vain just to speak
Vocal cords damaged
A stench of damp rotten cabbage
He's missing an eye, and half his neck, too
I try to run away but the floor's turned to glue

The Evil advances, heavy head slumped to one side
And reaches out towards me, no place I can hide
"Round and round the garden...", he/she groans with a rasp
And then without warning, before I can gasp

I awake in my bed, just seven years old
Tucked up under covers, more precious than gold
Look up at the clock, it's quarter to five
Couldn't care less, thank God I'm alive
What a horrible nightmare, a feverish dream
Which has taught me that sometimes, things are not what they seem
But if there's one thing I do know, and that much is certain
You can never quite tell, what might be lurking behind the curtains.


...And I'm spent.

Greetings, Ghostwatchers! Fire up your Twitter engines and dust off those serial port keyboards, it's almost time for National Séance 2012!

Pretty straightforward as usual. We will be hosting a live Twittercast at precisely...


...at which time, we'd like to ask you to join us in playing your very own personal copies of Ghostwatch (whether on DVD, VHS, Laserdisc, Betamax, Printed Circuit, Symphonium, etc) and join the worldwide community of Ghostwatchers/Pipes-Phobes in celebrating the Twentieth (yes, 20th!) Anniversary of everyone's favourite Hallowe'en Hoax. You never know, between now and the end of the evening (at the latest), there may even be a small surprise in store...

As per usual, the hash-tag for the event will rather conveniently be #Ghostwatch. Do try to remember adding this to the end of every Tweet you send (something easy to forget - even for us!) and that should keep all the comments nice and easy to keep track of. After logging into Twitter, head on over to the following page...


...which should hopefully update and display all new Tweets as they come in. Keep your eyes peeled for the ever-bashful, Pipes the Poltergeist - if you see him, be sure to mention when and where, and add the #PipesWatch hash-tag alongside the #Ghostwatch tag.

As is tradition around these here parts, to fully complete the effect of a repeat viewing, you can also watch the BBC Continuity Announcement and Screen One Ident first:


...But depending on which version DVD of Ghostwatch you might be using, it may be necessary to start your copy slightly earlier.

If you're watching from the BFI DVD, you can start playing the video above at about 21:24:14 and then start Ghostwatch immediately after.

If you're watching from the newer 101 FILMS release, you can do the same as above, but only need to watch the Continuity Announcement. As soon as you see the blue-ish TV Screen that heralds the start of the classic Screen One ident, that's the moment to start playing your DVD.

Looking forward to seeing you there, as always! And remember, as you can well see below, There Is No Excuse Not To Join Us..! ;)