Ghostwatch: Michael Parkinson and Sarah Greene get possessed
Although actually a horror drama, Ghostwatch was shown in the style of a live TV documentary, leading many viewers to believe that that was exactly what it was. Hosted by Michael Parkinson and featuring Sarah Greene and Craig Charles, the show claimed to be broadcasting live from a house purported to be possessed by an evil spirit.
What started as an early precursor to Living TV's Most Haunted took a sinister turn towards the end as things started to go wrong. Technical glitches became more sinister, happenings got stranger and spookier and everyone involved donned their concerned/scared-witless faces before Sarah Greene was wrenched into a cupboard with the spirit and studio host Michael Parkinson himself appeared to get possessed by evil.
Looking back on what we know now about the show, it does all seem a bit contrived, but many who watched it on the night, to this day, are still not ashamed to admit they bricked themselves!
The two clips featured are from the closing segment of the programe. In the first clip, things start to unravel both in the studio and at the home location. The second clip shows the final minute of the programme with its nightmare-inspiring ending.
"Round and round the garden, like a teddy bear..."
First aired: 31 October 1992, BBC1