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    Ghosts in the Machine

    BBC4 Tuesday 27th October 2009 9.00-10.00pm / 12.15-1.15am




    This promises to an absolutely fascinating documentary charting the history of the supernatural on British television. The programme investigates ghosts in their haunts of drama and comedy, and factual and reality television.



    Classic ghost stories like Nigel Kneale’s The Stone Tape (1972) with Michael Bryant, Jane Asher and Iain Cuthbertson, originally broadcast on BBC2 as a Ghost Story For Christmas, and MR James’s Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968) with Michael Hordern are celebrated … and controversial shows like Derren Brown's Seance (2004) and Ghostwatch (1992) with Michael Parkinson and Sarah Greene are re-visited.

    How did television become the medium of the medium?



    Contributors include Derren Brown, Yvette Fielding and Mark Gatiss.



    Additional sources: DigiGuide/IMDb/Wikipedia

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    I'll have a look at that,cheer's.Frame.

    There has always been something very creepy about the old horror especially british,modern films have more gory visual horror than sinister scary moments.

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    thanks-will look forward to that!

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    Some further information on the BBC4 Ghosts in the Machine documentary adapted from the BBC4 Newsletter �



    Documentary charting the history of the supernatural on British television � examines how ghosts have been portrayed on the small screen. From Hamlet to Most Haunted the programme investigates the apparitions in their traditional haunts of drama and comedy � and the cross-over into factual and reality television.



    Ghosts in the Machine looks at classic ghost stories like The Stone Tape (and a screaming Jane Asher) and Whistle and I'll Come to You. It revisits controversial shows like Derren Brown's Seance and 1992's cult classic Ghostwatch � which convinced thousands of viewers that Michael Parkinson was possessed by a poltergeist.



    The film examines the recent explosion of interest in the paranormal and asks how did ghosts get their own television genre?



    Contributors include Derren Brown (Seance), Jane Asher (The Stone Tape), Kenneth Cope (Randall and Hopkirk Deceased), Yvette Fielding (Most Haunted), Mark Gatiss (Crooked House), Sarah Greene (Ghostwatch), Jonathan Miller (Whistle and I'll Come to You) and Bill Paterson (Sea of Souls).

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