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These things we're talking about are very, very rare, indeed...

Greetings, Ghostwatchers! Ever so imperceptibly infinitesimally belated news, but I am happy to report that, once again, this year's annual National Séance went tremendously well. Thanks so much to everybody for joining in on Hallowe'en Night and making the event so special. I gather, #NationalSeance2022 was trending at #13 on the Most Tweeted in 24hrs leader-board. Not bad going! This year, I tried out the Twitter Space option, which, when deluged with lots of messages coming through all at once, proved a bit tricky to operate single-handed, but thankfully, it all seemed to coalesce on the night. Such fun!

Landline, fax machine, pager, carrier pigeon.

Greetings, Ghostwatchers! It never ceases to amaze just how well GHOSTWATCH plays on the big screen. By its creators' own admission, the programme was specifically designed to squeeze the most of our boxy television sets, circa 1992. The speculative technology, as peppered throughout the narrative, (remote cameras, thermographic readouts, light pencils, and the like) was almost parodic in its clairvoyant spin on where the medium was heading in the never-ending quest for modernisation. The programme remains as perceptive today as it was then and, thanks to its fidelity in transcribing the language of Light Entertainment television of the time, remains an immensely useful yardstick in understanding the nature and evolution of the medium. Depending on your viewpoint, thirty years is either a long time or momentary flash in history, be it collective or personal. I was just seven-years-old on the night of transmission and, whilst sitting in on one of the recent screenings in Sheffield,

"Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains" coming to BFI Player on 27th October 2022

Greetings, Ghostwatchers! Our retrospective documentary, Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains held its first screening at BAFTA Piccadilly in late 2012. It was released on DVD in 2013, and during that year the BFI became the first streaming service to include the film on its Mediatheque servers, amongst some 95,000 carefully selected titles. Also around that time, the bookshop at BFI Southbank very kindly made available a number of DVD copies (now sold-out), which led to this somewhat meta snapshot, taken by Stephen Volk, of staff watching the doc before recognising him and eagerly confessing their proud #PipesPhobes status! The British Film Institute has been a supporter of both this project and GHOSTWATCH since the early days; first spearheading a truly awesome DVD release in 2002 in time for the programme's Tenth Anniversary. Now, with great pride, we can officially announce that they have done it again, in being the first to bring the documentary – now 30 years in the making – to

GHOSTWATCH: A 30th Anniversary Immersive Experience

Greetings, Ghostwatchers! Well, we're less than a month away from the twelfth annual National Séance, and all things Foxhillian are already in full swing. And rightly so. After all, this month marks thirty years since the broadcast of everyone's favourite Hallowe'en Hoax... But first things first. On October 21st (sold out) and October 22nd, the fine folks over at Celluloid Screams and Live Cinema UK shall be hosting a unique live investigation of the Supernatural at Peddler Warehouse, Sheffield. On October 28th, the event shall then move to BFI Southbank for just one night only, as part of the In Dreams are Monsters festival...

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

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 stan

Paul Sinha's TV Showdown - 26th February 2022

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.