|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||18|
|No. of episodes||217 (as of 1 September 2016) (list of episodes)|
30 minutes (Series 1)|
45 minutes (Series 2–)
|Production company(s)||Antix Productions|
Living TV (2002–10)|
Sky Go (2013)
25 May 2002 – 21 July 2010
31 October 2013
21 August 2014 – Present
|Followed by||Most Haunted Live!|
|Related shows||Ghosthunting With...|
Most Haunted is a British paranormal reality television series. The series was first shown on Living TV between 25 May 2002 and 21 July 2010, a new online edition aired on 31 October 2013 with Really taking over broadcast from August 2014. Led by Yvette Fielding, the programme investigates purported paranormal activity in many locations in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and other countries. It is produced by Antix Productions airing on Really starting from 21 August 2014, with Yvette Fielding, Karl Beattie and Stuart Torevell. Most Haunted was first aired on Living TV from 2002 until 2010 when the network decided to axe the programme.
After 4 years of being off-air, Yvette and Karl confirmed Most Haunted would be returning to screens in 2014 aired by Really. In December 2014, Yvette announced that Most Haunted would return for a 16th series and that the show had been renewed for two brand new series after a successful series 15. Series 17 debuted on 18 October 2015 on Really with a Most Haunted Live! on 31 October 2015. Episode 3 of the series which aired on 1 November 2015 was the 200th episode of Most Haunted to air on TV.
On 12 August 2011, it was announced that Sky Living had officially axed Most Haunted and had returned the rights to the show to Yvette Fielding and Karl Beattie. In 2012, it was revealed that Antix Productions partnered with Lionsgate to redevelop Most Haunted.
As of July 2013, Karl Beattie had recently begun scouting new locations for a new series of Most Haunted.
Following on from the announcement that new locations were being looked at, Karl announced that Most Haunted would return as an online series for the moment as this is the best way to get the show to as many people as possible, all over the world. A brand new website is being built, which will host the episodes which will be able to be viewed at your leisure.
In April 2014 Yvette Fielding confirmed in an interview with Channel 4's Sunday Brunch that Most Haunted would be returning to television in late 2014; this was later confirmed on 4 June 2014. It was later confirmed that Really would be the new home of Most Haunted.
The Most Haunted team have travelled in the United Kingdom but also Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, the United States, Italy, and Czech Republic, investigating paranormal activity for 24 hours at a time.
The photographic style of the series has changed considerably since series 1. In the first series many elaborate shots were set up with an almost "theatrical" style, with illuminated windows and dry ice. Locations were often illuminated outside at night time, with blue and green colours. There was a high emphasis on quality production. From series 1–3 there was extensive use of the steadicam, which provided gliding shots during Yvette's ghostly tales or for general views. In series 8 the team introduced a camera crane or 'jib' system for elaborate aerial shots of both Yvette and the locations. Most of the photography in Most Haunted focuses on 'general views' also known as 'GV's' of a location and its surroundings.
Most Haunted is filmed with both broadcast Sony DSR-570WSP & DSR-PD170P DVCAM cameras and Sony DCR-PC9E miniDV cameras. A thermal imaging camera is also used to detect and highlight cold and warm spots. The style of the series changed somewhat after series five, losing its Most Haunted grungy look as it became more mainstream.
Most Haunted's music was originally composed to picture by Alan Clark, using his own original sounds and samples and including some from the Spectrasonics sample libraries Distorted Reality, Metamorphosis and Biazzare Guitar. As of series 12, Alan Clark's music has been supplemented with additional stock music which was also used on the now defunct Unexplained Channel programme, Rest In Peace. Living TV also released a CD featuring Alan Clark's music remixed and original material written and produced by composer and producer Steve Deakin-Davies (The Official Most Haunted soundtrack Vol 1 The Ambition Company/Solo MH104)
Essentially the latter two are intended to create an even balance between paranormal and scientific explanations for the various phenomena that occur. Any information provided by the medium from claimed interactions with spirits is then analysed by the historian to see if it can be verified. The core investigation team are supported by some of the production crew, who appear in the show and are generally involved with the investigation whilst performing their normal crew role. Most of these on-screen crew members also take part in séances.
From series 15, Antix Productions decided to remove psychic mediums from the format of the show.
|Yvette Fielding||Presenter||2002–2011, 2013-|
|Karl Beattie||Producer, Director & Cameraman||2002–2011, 2013-|
|Stuart Torevell||Rigger & Cameraman||2002–2011, 2013-|
|Fred Batt||Demonologist & Historian||2010-2011, 2013-|
Some episodes have also included at least one celebrity. So far the 'celebrity' episodes have included Vic Reeves, Nancy Sorrell, Gaby Roslin, Scott Mills, Mark Chapman, Simon Gregson, Sue Cleaver, Carol Thatcher, Paul O'Grady and Lee Ryan. For the series 10 episode from Coalhouse Fort the team were joined by Scottish paranormal investigator Ryan O'Neill and series 15 saw Bullet for My Valentine join the team on an investigation.
Between series 1 and series 14, a medium accompanied the team on their investigations. The mediums were as follows:
- Derek Acorah (Series 1–6: 2001–2005)
- David Wells (Series 4–8 & 9: 2004–2007)
- Gordon Smith (Series 7, 8: 2005–2006)
- Brian Shepherd (Series 4, 5: Series 10–12: 2008)
- Chris Conway (Series 13, 14: 2009)
The show has also featured guest mediums. So far these have been Ian Lawman, Ian Shillito, Israeli-born Uri Geller, Rochford's clairvoyant Kevin Wade, American-born Johnnie Fiori, Barrie John, Liverpool native Billy Roberts and American-born Patrick Mathews.
It was decided for series 15 onwards that psychic mediums would not be used in the format.
Former team members
|Catherine Howe||Hair & Make up Artist||2003–2011|
|Phil Whyman||Paranormal Investigator||2003–2004, 2009-2010|
|Dr Ciarán O'Keeffe||Parapsychologist||2004–2010|
|Dr. Matthew Smith||Parapsychologist||2004–2005|
|Chris Burton||Director of Photography & Cameraman||2007–2011, 2013-2014|
|Simon Lucas||Camera Assistant||2008–2009|
|Melanie Crump||Hair & Make-Up Artist||2013-2014|
|Dr. John Callow||Parapsychologist||2014|
|Leah Walton||Hair & Make up Artist||2015|
|Eamonn Vann-Harris||Electronic Researcher||2015-2016|
- Time slot
- Series 1: Tuesdays at 8:30pm on Living
- Series 2–13: Tuesdays at 9:00pm on Living
- Series 14: Wednesdays at 10.00pm on Living
- Series 15-16: Thursdays at 10:00pm on Really
- Series 17: Sundays at 10:00pm on Really
- Series 18-: Thursdays at 10:00pm on Really
The first series began on 25 May 2002. Each episode had a duration of thirty minutes. However, reruns of these episodes have been re-edited to the full hour and titled Most Haunted Unseen. Added footage in these episodes is shown with a caption in the corner to distinguish it from the original version. The series concluded with an investigation of Michelham Priory on 17 September 2002, which was coincidentally the first episode to be produced. In the eighth series the team revisited this location to mark the 100th episode. During the break in series, the team aired three live investigations, the third of which led into the second series on 8 April 2003. From this point onwards episodes were accompanied by a supplemental Most Haunted Extra. At this point, Extra was available as a ten-minute feature after the main show, accessible to viewers via the red button. For Series two and three, Phil Whyman joined the show as a paranormal investigator, replacing the original investigator Jason Karl of Lancashire as well as guest investigators Portsmouth native David Scanlan and Vicki Purewal who decided not to continue with the team, who left at the end of the first series. The show remained unchanged at this point until Series 4.
The fourth series commenced on 23 March 2004 with an investigation of Owlpen Manor. Most Haunted Extra became a thirty-minute programme, broadcast for half an hour after the main show on LivingTV. This series was the first series in which guest mediums joined the team during the investigations. This took some of the pressure off Derek Acorah who had been the only medium in the first three series. The main guest mediums involved during this series were Salisbury native Brian Shepherd, David Wells and Scunthorpe's Ian Lawman.
Series five commenced on 14 September 2004. It was preceded by a 3 night Most Haunted Live! investigation advertised as a countdown to the series. Phil Whyman was replaced with (although he recently returned on the Live shows as a studio expert), then semi-regular, Ciarán O'Keeffe. Originally O'Keeffe viewed the footage recorded during the investigations and analysed it, putting forward his own views and opinions, which usually included suggestions as to other possible causes for the phenomena encountered. He shared this role with colleague Matthew Smith who frequently attended the early Most Haunted Live events. Following the departure of Phil Whyman after Series 4, O'Keeffe began to join the team on location. Yvette's brother Rick Fielding also left the show at the end of Series 4.
At the end of Series 5, Antix Productions began editing the series in house at their own production offices. Prior to this, post production had been completed at 422 Manchester. As a result, the series lost its original editor who had worked on Most Haunted since the first episode and all of the vintage film composite effects which resulted in a considerable change to the editing style and look of the programme.
For series six, beginning on 22 March 2005 with an investigation of Bodmin Gaol, David Wells became a main medium alongside Derek Acorah appearing in every episode. This was Derek Acorah's last Most Haunted series owing to controversy he was involved in during its production which cast a doubt on his ability to perform his role. As such he did not appear in the final episode at Sinai House. The number of episodes for Series 6 was originally intended to be eighteen, with the last eleven being part of Series 7. Due to Acorah's departure the series was extended. This was the first series in which the team conducted 24-hour investigations over in the USA. Acorah didn't return for the show's finale at Sinai House, when David Wells was the main medium.
The seventh series began on 1 November 2005 yet only ran for six weeks, shortened from an intended nine. Two of the final three episodes (at Bamburgh Castle and Chambercombe Manor) were broadcast at the end of Series 8 and the last, at Spitbank Fort, was broadcast as special on Boxing Day 2006. Parapsychologist Louie Savva a regular on the Most Haunted Live! events joined the team for a few of the investigations in this series covering shows which O'Keeffe was unable to take part in.
Series eight began on 27 June 2006 with the 100th investigation and a revisit to Michelham Priory. It marked the last appearance of Richard Felix as resident historian. He was not replaced until the tenth series. This series featured guest mediums Gordon Smith, Ian Lawman, Ian Shillito of Braintree, Essex and Kevin Wade.
An investigation of South Stack Lighthouse began the ninth series on 2 January 2007. Four episodes into the series, new episodes became known as New Most Haunted in television listings and on-screen. This is the last series of Most Haunted where Most Haunted Extra accompanied each episode. After the first few episodes, Extra was moved to Living2. Most Haunted Extra last appeared accompanying Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders. This was the last series to feature David Wells as a regular medium on the show.
The tenth series of Most Haunted began on 19 February 2008 and came to a close at the end of April. This series featured three psychic mediums: Johnnie Fiori, Nottingham native Barrie John and Brian Shepherd. Lesley Smith replaced Richard Felix as resident historian on the recorded shows and travelled with the team to each location. The team were also joined by Scottish paranormal investigator Ryan O'Neill, a guest on episodes 1&2 of series 10 at Coalhouse Fort. In the Coalhouse Fort episodes of the show, an American psychic joined the team and claimed to have encountered the spirits of a bespectacled old man and his "gawky" son in the museum of the fort, who had been responsible for compiling the collection. The team allegedly picked up the voice and moaning from the old man later in the night. The psychic also claimed that there were spirits of animals in the fort, perhaps from horses who had been involved in its construction and claimed to have encountered the spirit of a pilot named Jeff and other air force men around the fort who had been there during World War I. She also claimed that in one area of the fort she picked up macabre images of debauchery and sodomy where sexual favours were performed in return for food and money, also from World War I. The team also apparently picked up countless examples of poltergeist activity in the fort with the unexplained throwing of stones, knocking and the occasional moaning, responses from taunts by the team for the ghosts to make their presence known.
Series 11, 12 (USA) & 13
When series 11 was aired, Living merged Season 12 to series 11 to make it a longer season. Series 13 was aired, and featured 10 episodes including Speke Hall.
Series 14 started in late May 2010, with an investigation into Berkeley Castle starting on 12 May 2010 and continue to show every Wednesday on Living at 22:00 BST. The series ended on Wednesday 21 July 2010.
Exclusive DVD Episode, 2011
A new episode of Most Haunted was released exclusively to DVD on 12 December 2011. This investigation was based at The Rifles Museum in Salisbury, England
2011 - 2014
After Most Haunted ended in 2010 and was axed in 2011 by LivingTV, Karl Beattie began a fan campaign to get the show back on air. Most Haunted returned with a Christmas DVD special from The Rifles Museum in Salisbury. Later, three episodes from The Royal Court Theatre, Bacup, England produced and aired initially online then sold to Really TV as a single episode..
It was announced on 4 June, that Most Haunted will return to TV in August 2014 with a new 10 part series to air on the Freeview channel, Really. Yvette Fielding is confirmed to be returning to the show along with Karl Beattie. Former team members Stuart Torevell and Fred Batt are also due to appear. Welsh heavy metal band Bullet For My Valentine appeared in an episode of the show.
Series 15 Episode List
- The Royal Court Theatre, Bacup
- Newton House (Part 1)
- Newton House (Part 2)
- The Galleries of Justice
- Delapre Abbey
- The National Emergency Services Museum
- Ye Olde Kings Head, Chester
- Drakelow Tunnels
- Saltmarshe Hall (Part 1)
- Saltmarshe Hall (Part 2)
Most Haunted aired its 16th series on Really from 4 June 2015 until 30 July 2015, comprising ten episodes. Series 16 Episode List
- Tivoli Theatre - North Wales
- Tatton Old Hall - Cheshire
- Annisons Funeral Parlor - Hull
- Fort Paull - Yorkshire (Part 1)
- Fort Paull - Yorkshire (Part 2)
- Wentworth Woodhouse (Part 1)
- Wentworth Woodhouse (Part 2)
- Oakwell House
- Knottingley Town Hall
- Capesthorne Hall - Cheshire
Most Haunted aired its 17th series in October 2015.
- 30 East Drive (Part 1)
- 30 East Drive (Part 2)
- Thackray Medical Museum
- Armley Mills
- Carr House
- Hill House (Part 1)
- Hill House (Part 2)
- Village Church Farm House
- Old Nick Theatre
- The Black Country Museum
Most Haunted aired its 18th series from June to August 2016.
- Lyceum Theatre
- Whittington Castle
- Halsham House
- Mansion House Care Home
- Walton Hall
- Oak House
- Middleton Hall
- HMP Shrewsbury (Part 1)
- HMP Shrewsbury (Part 2)
- HMP Shrewsbury (Part 3)
Most Haunted Live!
Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders
Originally intended to be Most Haunted Series 10, Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders was an eight-part series where Most Haunted investigators attempted to solve murder mysteries in normal English villages. It was hosted by Most Haunted historian Lesley Smith. The series commenced on a weekly broadcast from 19 June 2007 to 31 July 2007 and the team visited (in order of broadcast) Stoney Middleton, Nantwich, Castleton, Pluckley, Ruthin, Tutbury, Tarvin, and Bakewell. An episode, shot in Lymm Village, saw the team investigate a suspect of Jack the Ripper. This episode was not aired on television.
Most Haunted: Recurring Nightmares
In Most Haunted: Recurring Nightmares, the presenters recall their most frightening visits.
Most Haunted USA
Most Haunted USA was an eight-part mini-series that aired on the American Travel Channel from 12 December 2008 to 30 January 2009. The series has also aired in the UK and includes the team's investigation at the famous Waverly Hills Sanitorium in Kentucky. It aired as part of Series 11 in the UK.
Most Haunted: The Live Series
In January 2010, Most Haunted returned for a spin-off of the live shows. These episodes differed from the previous live shows in that they were more like a series investigation, but broadcast live. The series was broadcast live every Saturday night and ran for 8 weeks, with each episode lasting two hours.
On several occasions the former Spiritualist medium Derek Acorah was supposedly possessed by an entity, sometimes evil or sometimes "lost and confused". Two such cases exposed Acorah. Before the filming, Acorah had been fed misinformation twice about the non-existent ghosts of Kreed Kafer and Rik Eedles by the show parapsychologist Dr. Ciarán O' Keeffe (under instruction from Karl Beattie, according to Bad Psychics website). During the investigations, later broadcast, Acorah presented the information as fact and even behaved as though being possessed by the fictional ghosts. O'Keeffe later revealed in the Daily Mirror that Kreed Kafer and Rik Eedles were anagrams of 'Derek Faker' and 'Derek Lies'. Even though O' Keeffe exposed Acorah, the paper also claimed that O'Keeffe had exposed the rest of the Most Haunted team. O'Keeffe later reported that he had been grossly misquoted and misrepresented in the article, and produced a response outlining his version of the show based on his observations and findings, saying he had exposed Derek Acorah and not the entirety of Most Haunted. The show's presenter , Yvette Fielding said in an interview that she believes it was a fake possession.
Although not mentioned by O'Keeffe, the Mirror article also brought into question unedited footage which appeared to show Yvette Fielding and Karl Beattie faking 'paranormal' occurrences such as ghostly bumps and knocks. Yvette denied these claims, Karl failed to comment.
The 2015 Live event caused some controversy when it appeared that Karl Beattie was dragged up the stairs of the house by an "invisible" force. However reviewing back footage of the incident, many viewers and sceptics noted that Karl had what appeared to be a rope or cable around his waist which dragged him up the stairs. Karl and his wife Yvette refute the claims that this was a faked incident, saying that the cable around Karl was just a camera lead. Karl would later make a YouTube video trying to explain the incident and answer sceptics questions. The disappearance and later reappearance of a knife also caused concern, as many sceptics felt this was staged too. The Most Haunted team refute all claims of fakery or staged events during the Halloween live special.
There have been many viewer complaints about the show to the Television Regulator in the UK, Ofcom. Ofcom described the show as one "where techniques are used which mean the audience is not necessarily in full possession of the facts". Ofcom ruled that this was not fraud because Most Haunted is an entertainment show, not a legitimate investigation into the paranormal, and should not be taken seriously.
References and notes
- Episode count does not include Most Haunted Live! or Most Haunted Extra episodes.
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- "Original Soundtrack The Official Most Haunted Soundtrack Vol. 1 UK CD album (CDLP) (437876)". eil.com. Retrieved 2015-09-12.
- Matt Roper (28 October 2005). "SPOOKY TRUTH: TV'S MOST HAUNTED CON EXPOSED TV". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
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- Most Haunted: Arreton Manor. Living TV. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- "Most Haunted to be revived by Really this summer, Yvette Fielding to host". Digital Spy. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
- Metro UK, "60 SECONDS: Yvette Fielding" by James Ellis, The UK Metro, 30 October 2006, retrieved 2 November 2006.
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