Trivia / Ghostwatch

  • Didn't Think This Through: When taken to task by viewers on Biteback, two of the personnel involved in the show's creation admit that, having thrown themselves into producing a ghost story with a contemporary spin, they were woefully underprepared for the possibility that swathes of viewers would be taken in by the show's premise.
  • Executive Meddling: The writing credit at the opening was a last minute addition insisted on by the BBC, who had very nearly pulled the entire broadcast.
    • Other ideas that were nixed after consultation with BBC higher-ups were the inclusion of a high-pitched frequency that would agitate any dogs proximate to the TV during broadcastnote  and a line delivered by possessed Parkinson telling viewers that "the ghost" is probably in their house".
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The entire BBC production team for Ghostwatch are played as completely straight versions of themselves, including small details like Sarah Greene and Mike Smith being married and the cameraman and soundman being credited as themselves.
  • Shown Their Work: Writer Steve Volk and producer Ruth Baumgarten consulted with representatives of a number of psychical societies as well as members of the public professing to experiences with the paranaromal, with the result that the programme gives a veritable checklist of phenomena associated with the ghosts. Inversely, next to no research was done on the possible adverse reactions a suggestible viewer might have to the show (see Didn't Think This Through note above).
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Ghostwatch has a distinct Nineties feel, aping then-emerging docudramas and making use of technology that was in vogue at the time, such as the light pen and the infrared vision (the latter commonly used on Gulf War reports).
    • Harsher in Hindsight: ...which actually is why, on first broadcast, it was accepted as realistic. Unlike Special Report and other films of a similar kind, it didn't use any noticeable accelerated time, only having the haunting events happen seemingly unrealistically fast. Also, if you stripped out the real credits, the presentation is spot on for the real shows it was copying at the time. Anyone looking at a mid-90's episode of Crimewatch UK then a clip from the middle of Ghostwatch would think they were both genuine shows.
    • Anyone who missed the first minute would be easily fooled into thinking it was a extra-long pilot commissioned for Halloween, having missed the extra long continuity announcement.