At the Holly Bush pub, Watling Street,
Elstree, on Saturday 7th May 2005, Yvette Fielding made the following
"There is no acting that goes on in this programme, none whatsoever.
Everything that you see and you hear is real. It's not made up; it's not
Most Haunted, a
programme to hit the screens way back I believe in 2001, and what a
welcome it was, for it opened up the floodgates to a subject so long
For literally years sceptics alike the world over have tried incessantly
to debunk the possibility of Ghosts, Haunted Houses and anyone and
everything associated to it and yet here we are seeing a TV company being
brave enough to go one step further.
But hang on for just one minute, we are talking about true professional TV
entertainment makers here, people with the knowledge and insight of making
this into more than it truly is or stands for. Living TV were introduced
by word of mouth to a pilot programme made by a former children's
entertainer and her husband a guy out to make it big in the production
side, and the potential was seen, the potential to make something that
viewers loved and that's to be spooked.....................
We all have to admit to watching a good horror film, and as society
progressed the more graphic and gruesome, the more we wanted, so why not
add a touch or realism, lets make something a little more advanced of the
Blair Witch Project......let's bring it home to our own doorstep.
So came the birth of Most Haunted and its fan base grew possibly 'quicker
than expected. Investigations at places that claimed to have resident
Ghosts, but how could we convince the viewer of such, especially if Ghosts
don't show themselves, how do we make it just that little more
believable.......of course introduce a person who claims to see and speak
to the dead, a medium.
So how many mediums were actually tested unknowingly, until they settled
with the one and truly great unknown Mr Acorah himself........did Sam
foresee this eventuality, there doesn't seem to be any mention in any of
Derek's biographies that he knew from Sam in advance, that he would work
in such a way.
So in all fairness did Most Haunted actually commence on the road of
filming a factual programme, a programme based on realism of the truth and
there proving that life after death really does exist, what made them come
up with this idea and why.
Why indeed, because they saw the potential into misleading the gullible
public, just like other so called practices before them..................
I was asked to take part in the production of their second live event,
which was filmed from Woodchester Mansion. Now live events were still
pretty new to them, so it was treated with caution in my opinion, hence
the small audience in attendance, but as confidence grew so did the
My group and another were asked to conduct the actual investigation on
behalf of the team, to see how haunted Woodchester was and if it lived up
to its name..............and so a programme came to be, using live footage
from those investigations and live walkabouts Derek was able to use the
already-known information, and pieces we provided to make yet another
spine tingling programme.
But let's look at some of the early facts of this programme and the
obvious CONNING the viewers into believing more was a foot that it really
was. At Woodchester there is a small kitchen and tea room, in the kitchen
there was a boiler and coffee maker, this would hiss every time it reached
its temperature, and right on cue it did as the crew were filming in an
adjacent room live on air..............credibly they shouted.......'did
you hear that'.....shhh listen..........
Our team being in yet another adjacent room piped up its the boiler, but
were quickly told by other TV crew to be quiet as it adds to the ambience
for the viewer.......ambience didn't she mean LIES...making the viewer
think they had just heard something Paranormal occur..............and so
it went on, Derek walking about giving off information he claimed he was
linking into ,but was information already publicly available.
So in conclusion, you have to make your own minds up........was this
programme's original concept to find factual undisputed evidence of the
afterlife, or to entertain, con and dupe so many into believing something
they were claiming to be real wasn't...........was it merely a vast money
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