Most Haunted: Behind The Scenes

Most Haunted

What Is Most Haunted About?

Most Haunted is a British reality TV series that centres around a group of paranormal investigators who are looking for answers in some of the most haunted locations in and around the UK. The show documents the team as it spends 24 hours in these haunted locations, trying to capture evidence of paranormal activity.

From historic castles and manor houses to abandoned hospitals and eerie, long-forgotten prisons, the team uses a range of advanced scientific equipment (and high-quality ghost-hunting equipment) to find and document supernatural occurrences. Eventually, the team splits up and investigates different areas throughout these locations at the same time.

Although the premise sounds simple, the show has captivated audiences since its inception in 2002. The team’s ability to capture evidence and activity that’s hard to debunk garnered buzz around the show, with paranormal enthusiasts tuning in for every episode to see how these investigations unfolded…

As time went on and the show became more popular, the team expanded their scope and began to investigate haunted locations around the world, which brought in an even bigger fanbase.

Meet the Team

Perhaps one of the most well-known paranormal and TV personalities (also known as the First Lady of the paranormal) is Yvette Fielding.

Fielding is the presenter of the show and the lead investigator and has built an impressive reputation among paranormal enthusiasts. With a career that has spanned decades, her expertise, passion, and on-screen presence have been instrumental in the show’s success.

Fans have praised her fearlessness in the face of horrifying haunts and the unknown. Plus, she guides the series with a good amount of curiosity and scepticism. Her impartial nature is also largely why fans find her so interesting. Unlike other TV investigators who may play up the activity within haunted locations, Yvette Fielding is as straightforward as they come.

Fielding’s right-hand man (as well as the producer and director of the show) is Karl Beattie. His role goes beyond behind-the-scenes work since he often participates in investigations alongside the rest of the team.

Over the years, the team has been joined by various parapsychologists, paranormal researchers, and psychic mediums. Some of the most notable names that have formed part of the team include:

  • Derek Acorah
  • Phil Whyman
  • David Wells
  • Ciaran O’Keeffe

Controversies on the Set

Speaking of other prominent members of the team, the show has had its fair share of controversies over the years. However, none of the controversial moments gained the same amount of attention as the incident with psychic medium Derek Acorah.

During his time on the show, he acted as an investigator alongside Yvette Fielding and the ‘resident sceptic’, Ciaran O’Keeffe. His claims of channelling different spirits and energies on the set of the show shocked and terrified audiences and set the tone for several of the investigations.

Over time, O’Keeffe became suspicious of Acorah’s authenticity. But without solid evidence of fakery, he wasn’t able to catch Acorah in the act. That is until O’Keeffe fabricated the idea of a particularly aggressive spirit when the team was investigating Bodmin Jail.

O’Keeffe convinced the production team to feed false information about this fictional spirit to Acorah before filming, which ultimately led to the controversy that rocked the supernatural community.

When cameras were rolling, Acorah claimed to become possessed by the ghost of this phoney phantom, which outed him as a fraud. Shortly after, Acorah was removed from the show and replaced by a string of other psychic mediums throughout the run of the series.

Yvette Fielding claimed to be just as shocked as the audience members who were disappointed by Acorah’s fakery. They had a very public feud, which was only fuelled when Fielding spoke out about the situation, stating “We tell people everything is real, then it turns out he was a fake, so he had to go.”

Is Most Haunted Still Airing New Episodes?

Most Haunted started airing on TV in 2002 on Sky Living. This lasted until 2010 when the series was dropped from the network. When this was announced in 2011, fans were devastated that, after 14 seasons, the series was coming to an end.

However, 2012 brought good news with it: The show was being redeveloped by Antix Productions and Lionsgate, and the series would be returning to TV. Still, fans had to wait for this revival of the show, since it wasn’t until two years later in 2014 that new episodes were aired on Really TV.

The show eventually ended on Really TV as well, when ownership of the network was transferred to Discovery Inc. in 2019. After 24 seasons of the show, it seemed as though this was the definitive end for the series and the terrifying journey that it took fans on episode after episode…

What Is the Most Haunted Team Doing Now?

Even after the series ended on TV, the team continued to thrive and is still producing content to this day. There have been multiple spin-offs of the show over the years, but it seems as though the team has moved away from mainstream media and taken its investigations in a whole new direction.

Besides catching new clips and investigations on the Most Haunted YouTube channel, you can also catch the team in action during their live show. Additionally, there are official ‘Most Haunted events’ that give fans the chance to go on ghost hunts and paranormal investigations with members of the show.

The Most Haunted Stage Show

The Most Haunted Stage Show is described as being a ‘spine-chilling theatre show’ in which the investigative team present their top 10 list of Most Haunted’s all-time scares and investigations. The show also includes some of the unseen video footage, giving theatre audiences the chance to see a deeper side to their past investigations.

According to the official description of the Most Haunted live show, “The Stage Show will climax by inviting some audience members to join in a séance and Ouija board on stage with the team and invited to conduct their very own ghostly investigation.”

FAQs

Is Most Haunted fake?

After it was revealed that Derek Acorah’s experiences on Most Haunted were largely a hoax, viewers have questioned the authenticity of the show. But was it real?

While some sceptics have ruled the show out as nothing but an elaborate sketch for entertainment purposes, fans still believe in the authenticity of the investigations.

Where can I watch previous episodes of Most Haunted?

If you want to watch some of the previous episodes of Most Haunted, you can find them on various streaming platforms (depending on your location). These platforms include:

  • Prime Video
  • Apple TV
  • Google Play
  • Discovery+

Final Thoughts

Most Haunted is one of the most iconic paranormal investigation shows that has ever been aired on TV. And, while you may not be able to catch Yvette and the team on your TV screens any more, you can always join them on new investigations in new locations on their YouTube channel. And, if you’re lucky, you may be able to catch their live show, which runs from 2023 until 2024.

Sam Ashford
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Hey, I'm Sam Ashford! I'm a ghost-hunting expert, writer and founder of SpiritShack. My mission is to help people like yourself learn about spirituality and how to hunt ghosts!