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"Screenshot" with Mark Kermode, Ellen E Jones, and Mark Gatiss - 1st April 2022

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Greetings, Ghostwatchers! It was a complete fluke yesterday when somebody presented me a copy of the Weekend TV listings magazine that just happened to feature an interesting spotlight mentioning a hoax-centric episode of Screenshot, a BBC Radio 4 series hosted by Mark Kermode and Ellen E Jones, which aired April 1st (harumph, harumph) at 19:15. It must be said, I have been a fan of Kermode's astute analysis and reviews since my Film Studies college years, around which time I gleefullly discovered, Alien Evolution (dir. Andrew Abbott, Russell Leven, 2001), Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature (dir. Andrew Abbott, 2001), On the Edge of 'Blade Runner' (dir. Andrew Abbott, 2000), and of course, The Fear of God: 25 Years of ''The Exorcist' ' (dir. Nick Freand Jones, 1998). I can freely admit that Alien Evolution made such a big impact on me, personally, that I count it among the more significant inspirations in making Behind the Curtains. I aspired to the sta

Paul Sinha's TV Showdown - 26th February 2022

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Greetings, Ghostwatchers!  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.

"Love Dance" at Chiswick Playhouse - Extended until 4th December 2021!

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Greetings, Ghostwatchers! If you're on the search for a fresh and enlightening theatre production in the Chiswick area during these reliably-dreary November and December months, then look no further - as Ghostwatch director, Lesley Manning is currently helming an exciting new production at the Playhouse entitled, Love Dance. And what's more, it's already earning rave reviews. Written by Andy Walker, its story goes a little something like this...

National Séance 2021 - 29 Years Later...

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Greetings, Ghostwatchers! Firstly, Happy Thirty Day Countdown to Hallowe'en Day! I hope that you're all staying safe, having great fun already, and enjoying this wonderfully unique time of year. Secondly, Happy Thirty Day Countdown to National Séance Day! Surely, the second most wonderful annual event [if you're a Ghostwatcher]. I'm not sure if it's these authentic [circa 1992] Golden Wonder crisps I'm digging into, but I've recently started catching tiny glimpses of familiar faces who seem to be priming themselves to make one or two dimly-lit appearances on Twitter and Facebook in the run-up to the event. Can you identify them all..? Probably. Thirdly, some news...

BBC Themed Nights - with Jon Riley & Gerard Barry

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Greetings, Ghostwatchers! Recently, I was recommended to reach out to Jon Riley & Gerard Barry, two Industry stalwarts who contributed in notable capacities to a number of fondly-recalled BBC themed evenings, including, Weird Night [1994], the first [Craig Charles-hosted] Star Trek Night [1996], Kung Fu Night [1997], Monster Night [1998], and Politically Incorrect Night [1998].  

I don't know how many of these to take with a pinch of salt...

Greetings, Ghostwatchers. Fandom naturally engenders a protective atmosphere. Even fair-minded criticism can be instinctively resisted, and often-times repelled by fans of their particular, chosen following. Far too often, opinions are misconstrued as personal attacks, testing the cotton-swaddled bonds of joy & emotional connectivity through uncaring logic. In my experience, topics often ripe for heartless joy-shredding include spaghetti hoop continuity, blisteringly outdated political commentary, or the media in question otherwise not standing-up to the test of time [i.e. the crushing realisation that your favourite show was actually always a bit shit].

"Horsehair" [Duncan Nicoll, 1998]

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Greetings, Ghostwatchers! In 1999, it was hard not to be excited by the oncoming arrival of instant, Indie classic, The Blair Witch Project; least of all given its groundbreaking marketing campaign. As a production, it was daring, it was creative, and it was bloody scary. For those reasons and more, it has long-remained a firm favourite of mine. Ironically, I didn't get the chance to see the film in cinemas. Nevertheless, I was determined to finally check it out on VHS as soon as it landed at the now long-lost 321 Video rental store, up the road.