Terrifying and controversial TV special 'Ghostwatch' is now available to stream in the US

Stephanie Soteriou

Over 20 years ago, the innocent people of Britain were left traumatised by a controversial TV special called ‘Ghostwatch’, which aired on the BBC on Halloween night in 1992.

The mockumentary garnered tens of thousands of complaints and there were even allegations that a young man killed himself after watching the harrowing show.

However, it appears that TV watchdogs in the US reckon that enough time has passed since its first airing, and they now hope to terrorise a new generation of viewers, with ‘Ghostwatch’ becoming available to stream on AMC’s service ‘Shudder’.

Michael Parkinson’s presence is what added to the mockumentary’s authenticity.

The service has warned potential viewers of the affect that it had in the UK all those years ago, and they are also be keen to reinforce that even though it has been filmed like a very real documentary, the scenes are completely fiction.

The 90-minute TV film is presented by famous star Michael Parkinson, which helped to convince viewers that the mockumentary was true-life when it originally aired in the 90s.

The special follows a group of paranormal investigatiors as they explore a London house that reportedly has poltergeist activity, with experts searching for a ghost nicknamed ‘Pipes’.

Soon, the house is taken over by Pipes, possessing Parkinson’s character and dragging off another reporter.

The show is coming to screens in the US.

According to TheWrap, the program’s writer, Stephen Volk, previously revealed that the show got numerous complaints from scared viewers, with one woman reportedly writing to the BBC to demand money for her husband’s “soiled trousers”.

The BBC apparently received 30,000 telephone complaints within the first hour of Ghostwatch, with parents claiming that it caused post-traumatic stress to their children and news.com.au alleging that a teenager with learning difficulties called Martin Denham took his own life five days after the show aired after becoming obsessed with it.

According to reports, Denham tragically left a note that read: “If there are ghosts I will be… with you always as a ghost.”

Michael Parkinson admits that he didn’t realise the impact the special would have.

Speaking in 2011, Parkinson told the Radio Times: “None of us thought we were creating something that would be one of TV’s most remembered programs.

“It was a simple ghost story based on a fairly ordinary premise — that there’s a show on television and things start to go wrong.

“It was only when I saw it back that I realized it had a certain kind of power.”

Needless to say, we reckon US viewers will be sleeping with the light on after tuning into this…


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