Paul Sinha's TV Showdown - 26th February 2022
Yes, it's that time of the year again - welcome to the 2022 edition of, Did You Know That GHOSTWATCH Was Mentioned On The Telly Again, Last Night?!™
You might recall, back in March 2019, Jenny "The Vixen" Ryan, and Bradley "Bradders" Walsh taxed The Chase contestant, Jon's knowledge of everyone's favourite Hallowe'en Hoax. Now, less than three years later, fellow Chaser, Paul "Sinnerman" Sinha, has now joined the pantheon of quiz show hosts destined to gauge the popularity, longevity, and lasting appreciation of everyone's favourite Hallowe'en... oh sorry, already said that.Last evening at approximately 21 mins in, not counting the ad break, during the second episode of the second series of Paul Sinha's TV Showdown, the socially-distanced bastard child of Noel Edmond's Telly Addicts, and Harry Hill's Alien Burp TV Capsule, featuring a not-half-bad opening title sequence, Team Captains Fay Ripley and Rob Beckett, panellists/contestants/available celebrity-types, Georgia Toffolo, Sindhu Vee, Chris McCausland, and Jonathan Ross [whom, to my knowledge, last discussed GHOSTWATCH on-air around twelve years ago] were presented with a spoilerific clip of you-know-what.
At very long last, we finally get to a clip, albeit masked by a stock overlay graphic, of Dr. Lin Pascoe, as ably portrayed by Gillian Bevan, pointing out to Michael Parkinson, as ably portrayed by Michael Parkinson, how The Picture On The Wall is inexplicably back up where it belongs DESPITE ALL OF US CLEARLY SEEING IT FALL OFF, EARLIER ON.
"We've created a séance... a massive séance!" warns Lin amidst a gathering storm of genuine paranormal activity in the BBC studio.
[Now, something that I cannot for the life of me understand, is why it sounds as though Lin's preceding line, "Jesus, Michael..." has been trimmed in the edit, particularly given this show's post-Watershed airing of 22:10. But I digress.]
His question to the team then follows, "That was a spooky moment from GHOSTWATCH, but on which day of the year was it broadcast?"
Now, in my view, this actually isn't half-bad a question considering, well, the show as a whole, thus far.
Of course, to any died-in-the-gloryhole Ghostwatcher, this simple quandary would feature in the first chapter, nay preface, of any prospective GHOSTWATCH quiz book [... actually, there's an idea]. When put to Fay's team, however, this proves a mite taxing to say the least, with two-thirds of its roster visibly bewildered in response. Wossy suggests to his team that they, "Take a stab", even though I can't help but suspect he knew the correct answer all along, before following-up with, "When would you have a spooky thing, what's the spooky night of the year?"
"... Hallowe'en?" tentatively offers Sindhu.
"Yes. I would say that, if I were you." suggests Ross.
When she does say that, however, Paul snaps back, "You didn't listen to the question properly. I said, what day... it was a Saturday. No, only joking. It was Hallowe'en. It was Hallowe'en."
Now, props must be given to Sinha for getting the actual day of the week right for transmission. Props also to the 'hoax' nature of his witty repaste, as it's about the same level and quality of gag that I might have attempted in such a scenario, and I'm really funny. Come to think of it, I wonder if he's a fellow Ghostwatcher..? That would be nice to find out.
The episode is currently available to view on ITV Hub care of just a simple click here.
Until next time... try not to have sleepless nights.