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Banned Michael Parkinson show that left kids ‘traumatised and wetting the bed’ resurfaces – and viewers are disgusted

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A TERRIFYING paranormal show starring Michael Parkinson that was banned after being shown on the BBC has resurfaced on TikTok.

On Halloween in 1992, a horror mockumentary titled Ghostwatch saw Michael and Sarah Greene present what appeared to be a live news report investigating paranormal activity at a family home.

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Well known presenters such as Michael Parkinson lent Ghostwatch an air of authenticity[/caption]

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Footage of the show has resurfaced on TikTok after it was banned from being shown on the BBC[/caption]

The report featured home footage of a ghost terrorising two children in their bedroom with their mother rushing to get them out of the house.

Viewers at home fooled by the episode complained in their droves, with more than 30,000 calls being made to the BBC switchboard.

It came after furious parents claimed their children had been left petrified, with the episode subsequently banned from ever appearing on British television again.

However, the controversial show is now doing the rounds on TikTok – reminding people how terrified they were the first time around.

Alongside an emoji of a shocked face, one person penned: “Oh my god. I remember this so well. I didn’t sleep for a week.”

Echoing their comments, someone else said: “This is still the reason why I wet the bed as a kid.”

Horror writer Stephen Volk, who was behind the stunt, initially planned a six-episode horror before being asked to change it to a 90-minute programme.

In a piece for Examiner Live, Volk said initially there was a plan to have a quick discussion programme in place to “diffuse the tension”.

He explained: “If you are going to tell this horror gag then don’t do it half-heartedly.

“We were of the opinion that when it’s finished then we can have a discussion about it.”


Ghostwatch was eventually blamed for giving children PTSD with the parents of one 18-year-old boy saying the show caused his death.

Martin Denham, who had learning difficulties, killed himself five days after the show aired – convinced there were ghosts haunting his home.

Martin’s parents filed a complaint to the Broadcasting Standards Commission, which ruled the programme was excessively distressing and graphic.

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The TV movie was a horror mockumentary, presented in the style of a live news report[/caption]

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