Friday, 31 October 2014

What's the matter..?

After coming home from school on October 29th 1992, I can't recall precisely what I did next. I imagine I probably either sat down to watch some TV, chat about my day with the folks, or play some Monkey Island on the Amiga. But what I remember most vividly about that afternoon is that the following trailer caught my eye, alerting me to a special television event set to take place two days later. I didn't know what was to come, but it was then that I decided to check it out. Until now, I could only recall the flashlight dropping beside the lens.

Suffice it to say, I have been searching for this for twenty-two years. I cannot thank the uploader enough. This has made my Hallowe'en. And National Seance is still to come!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

National Séance 2014

Greetings Ghostwatchers!

Another year has all but come and gone... But now, it's almost National Séance time, again. Hoorah!

So, how does it work? Well, for the past four years, we've asked fans across the globe to play their copies of Ghostwatch at exactly the same time on Hallowe'en Night, and Tweet about the show as it happens on Twitter to help mark the anniversary of its first and to date, only UK television broadcast.

It's great that National Séance has now become something of a tradition since our first event way back in 2010 - mostly as it's a genuinely fun way of connecting with other fans and celebrating the show and its legacy. For the show's Twentieth Anniversary, you might recall, we even made it onto the fabled UK Trending Board, officially reaching as high as Sixth Place. Wowzers.

As always, the spooky festivities kick off at 21:25 GMT. To fully complete the effect of a repeat viewing, you can also watch the original BBC Continuity Announcement and Screen One Ident first:

Now, here's where it gets tricky. Depending on whether you plan on using the BFI or 101 Films release, you may need to start your DVD slightly earlier/later than 21:25.

If you're watching from the BFI DVD, you can start playing the above video at precisely 21:24:14 and then start running Ghostwatch immediately after. If you're using the newer 101 FILMS release, you can do exactly the same, but only need to watch the opening Continuity Announcement. As soon as you see the retro, blue-tinted TV Screen that heralds the start of the classic Screen One ident, that's the moment to hit 'Play' on your DVD menu.

Adding the hash-tag #Ghostwatch to the end of every Tweet can be a handy way of keeping track of the evening's conversation. In addition to your personal tales of terror, we're especially on the lookout for artwork, photos, audio or even video, perhaps of your own personal screening. The more creative and fun your message, the better!

After logging into Twitter, you can also head over to the following page...

...which should update and display all new Tweets as they come in. Keep 'em peeled for rare sightings of Pipes the Poltergeist. If you do see him, be sure to mention when and where, and add the #PipesWatch hash-tag alongside the #Ghostwatch tag. Who knows, we may even find one of the elusive five remaining sightings hinted at by director Lesley Manning in the doc...

Until then, look forward to seeing you there, and try not to have sleepless nights...