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!

NATIONAL SÉANCE LIVE  //  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31st, 2020

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...

 
YOUTUBE LIVE STREAM:

Monday, 26 October 2020

"Ghost Watch" - The Original Series Outline

Greetings, Ghostwatchers!

To mark the upcoming, special anniversary edition of National Séance, writer-creator, Stephen Volk has very kindly shared his original Series Outline for Ghostwatch [sorry, better make that, "Ghost Watch"] to check out, and it's a fascinating, if inescapably eerie read.

Not only that, but Stephen has kindly written a few words to accompany the pages, below...

So this, arguably the distilled concept for the first iteration of the programme – then envisioned as a five-part serial – largely came about due to the then-soaring response to Martin Campbell & Troy Kennedy Martin's seminal 1985 eco-thriller, Edge of Darkness. Famously, Stephen's agent suggested to him at the time that the BBC might be receptive to a 'darker' mode of storytelling, and this is what he produced.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

They're just a sign of the times...

Greetings, Ghostwatchers!

In anticipation of this year's National Seance Live event, I was fortunate enough to speak with Rob from the Hidden Britain Sign Co, regarding their exciting new creation, now available to pre-order... a real-life Foxhill Drive street sign!

Ironically, despite the now-iconic nature of the film's fictitious locale, such a prop never appears during the programme, itself. Given the many opportunities, as there always are, you'd be forgiven for thinking there was time to sneak-in a quick shot during the opening titles, or even a fleeting glimpse when Craig wanders up the road to speak with Yvonne Etherley... but, alas not.

Even so, that hasn't stopped Rob from expertly crafting something striking and evocative - so much so that you'd be forgiven for thinking that it came straight from the 1992 BBC Props Department.

Friday, 2 October 2020

National Séance Live – The Tenth Annual Event

Greetings, Ghostwatchers!

On Saturday, 31st October 2020, the annual Behind the Curtains Tweet-cast, National Séance will have been haunting, cheese'n pickling, and otherwise glory-holing your Twitter feeds for no less than a decade. How time flies, even when your watch stops.

We've all heard the same captivating anniversary speech a thousand times before, but when I first imagined the idea of a virtual 'repeat' of Ghostwatch in 2010 as potentially being a fun way to celebrate Hallowe'en, and the programme's eighteenth birthday, alongside some like-minded fans, I had no idea it would become a kind-of phenomenon in its own right.

Saturday, 12 September 2020

I tell you what, why don't we put it up somewhere, where everyone can see it?

Greetings, Ghostwatchers!

Well, another fact has become a news. By now, we all know, the longer you wait around these here Foxhillian parts, invariably, yet another post-obvious hidden gem shall rear its head, compelling us all to ask why we didn't happen to notice it earlier.

On the 11th of September 2020, Twitter user @MailerJon reached out to share something that certainly hadn't registered with me, even after the best part of 28 years of loyal Ghostwatching.