Saturday, 24 July 2021

BBC Themed Nights - with Jon Riley & Gerard Barry

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]. 

Thursday, 29 April 2021

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 In my experience, topics often ripe for heartless joy-shredding include spaghetti hoop continuity, blisteringly outdated political commentary, or the media in question otherwise not standing-up to the test of time [i.e. the crushing realisation that your favourite show was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].

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

"Horsehair" [Duncan Nicoll, 1998]

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.

Monday, 1 February 2021

"There's probably going to be some bastard dressed as Pipes the Ghost, behind me." - The Last Leg - 29/1/21

Greetings, Ghostwatchers!

During a previous episode of popular Channel 4 show, The Last Leg, co-host, Josh Widdicombe dared fellow co-host Adam Hills to find a copy of Ghostwatch.

Given the nature of most topical satire magazine shows, you'd be forgiven for assuming the following week's instalment might - just might - feature a fairly insignificant follow-up to that altogether encouraging recommendation.

Well, who'd have thought the ectoplasm would well-and-truly hit the fan?

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

National Séance Live - 31st October 2020

Greetings, Ghostwatchers!

Thanks so much once again for joining us for National Séance Live. Such was the planning & build-up this year, not counting the deep sleeps that followed, that our usual next-day write-up has taken a little longer to put together.

Well, 2020 has been a challenge for most of us, to be fair. It's heartening to know that with great obstacles can come extraordinary workarounds. 

Friday, 30 October 2020

National Séance Live - YouTube Links

Greetings, Ghostwatchers!


Right, now that that's taken care of, if you'd like to take part in this year's special 10th Anniversary, National Séance Live event, all you need is a DVD or VHS copy of Ghostwatch, and the following YouTube links...

  • The first is the ORIGINAL CONTINUITY ANNOUNCEMENT as recorded and shared by long-time supporter and friend of the project, Stephen Freestone. For 'added authenticity', play this approximately ONE MINUTE before we start (21:24). As soon as it's finished, HIT PLAY on your DVD or VHS copy of Ghostwatch.

  • The second video is/will be the EMBEDDED NATIONAL SÉANCE LIVE YOUTUBE STREAM. We expect to start the proceedings at 21:00 with the main presentation commencing at 21:25, as always. Why? That's exactly the same time Ghostwatch aired 28 years ago - which also happened to be a Saturday.

If you don't have a copy of Ghostwatch handy, don't worry. You're more than welcome to watch the live stream with the show's creators, and send in your questions for them to answer to @Ghostwatch on Twitter - though we will likely be referring to specific points in the film, throughout.

For reasons beyond our control, there will be anywhere between a 10-20 SECONDS delay on the live stream. This shouldn't be a problem, and isn't a prelude to any hoax-like developments. Or, is it? No. We will count-down exactly when to start, live on-air, but as long as you start playing your copy at 21:25, the chances are you'll be able to follow with us, just fine. The atomic clock remains your friend.

Ten years. Crumbs. Look forward to seeing you, later! Just try not to have sleepless nights...