So convincing was this 'live' telecast from a haunted house in North London that, according to the press at least in the days following transmission, it caused a wave of panic among the British viewing public similar to that in the USA following Orson Welles' radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds in the Thirties. The viewers aired their anger and distress on Points of View, Biteback, on the radio and in the press, and in thousands of personal letters and phone calls to the BBC. A decade on, and with the cat out of the bag, this remarkable piece of television drama retains its power to shock.
Ground breaking television
- Ghostwatch review by OtakuFeebs
I saw this when it originally aired at age 18. I remember it being creepy and made me doubt myself.
On second viewing I found it to still be a good watch. If you take into context of when it aired and who was "presenting" the show there are many clever elements. I grew up watching Sarah Green on Blue Peter, Mike Smith was her long time partner and they were newly married at the time, so this was a nice touch. Michael Parkinson, or "Parky" as he's affectionately known, was a national treasure before the term was coined. Craig Charles was that cheeky bloke from Red Dwarf who first appeared on telly reciting poetry. Overall a heady mix of believability.