Most Haunted Live!
|Most Haunted Live!|
Series title card
|Created by||Yvette Fielding
|Developed by||Antix Productions|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||36 events (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Yvette Fielding
|Original release||October 31, 2002 – present|
|Followed by||Most Haunted USA|
Most Haunted Live is a spin-off of the paranormal reality television series Most Haunted and was also produced by Antix Productions. The show consists of paranormal investigations broadcast live over a period of one or more nights, usually with interactive sections that involve the viewer.
The first episode of Most Haunted Live! was broadcast on Living on October 31, 2002, from Dudley Castle and was produced jointly by Antix and Hanrahan Media. The format of the show under this joint venture was different from Most Haunted with different music cues and production style. The next seven live events were produced by Hanrahan. The eighth episode onwards were produced by Antix onlone and was a grand affair with a large set, the original Most Haunted music and all the crew involved.
The first Most Haunted Live! show aired for only one night but over time this increased to three. The first exception was the Halloween 2005 show in London, which was broadcast for four nights. Since then there have been live shows which have lasted five nights (Halloween 2007 & Turin 2008), seven nights (Halloween 2008 and Liverpool 2009) and eight nights (Lancashire Halloween 2009). Gothic Prague – The Evil Within was on for four nights.
Most Haunted Live! did not return for Halloween 2010 and was replaced by a new paranormal show called Paranormal Investigation: LIVE! which aired for two nights on Sky Living.
In 2011 it was reported that Living, who were now known as Sky Living, had chosen not to re-commission either Most Haunted or Most Haunted Live! but thanked both Yvette Fielding and her husband Karl Beattie for their hard work and commitment over the years.
Karl Beattie has recently stated on his official Facebook page that now Sky Living have released the rights to Most Haunted & Most Haunted Live! back to Antix Productions which is run by Karl and Yvette Fielding, they could now approach other broadcasters stating: "I think that a new home and better investigation techniques will move MH into the next phase making it bigger and better than ever. We are very excited about MH’s future, so onwards and upwards my paranormal friends. xx" 
On Friday 31 October 2014, Karl Beattie announced on Twitter that Most Haunted Live would be back for Halloween 2015 - "Happy Halloween everyone. No live this year as you all know but good news for 2015, Most Haunted Halloween live will be back. Xx".
Most Haunted Live returned after a five-year hiatus on Saturday 31 October 2015 on the UKTV channel "Really" for a Halloween special. The three and a half hour live event aired from 9.00pm-12.30am GMT on the Really channel which is available in the UK and Ireland on satellite and cable services, as well as Freeview in the UK. The one night live event came from an allegedly haunted house at 30 East Drive, Pontefract in West Yorkshire, England. The house was the scene for a previous investigation by the Most Haunted team for the series which aired a few weeks before this Halloween event. The team thought the house had a lot of paranormal activity, and it would merit to be an ideal location for their first Most Haunted Live in five years.
The live event was hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal and Jamie East who presented from an outside broadcast unit and a small outside studio, with the usual members of the Most Haunted team present too, including Yvette Fielding, Karl Beattie and Stuart Torevell, the only three original members left of the Most Haunted Live team. The live event had the usual interaction from the general public who could tweet or Facebook in their comments and who could watch live streaming webcams from different areas in the house. Talk show host and personality Paul O'Grady joined the team in the investigation.
The event caused some controversy when it appeared that Karl Beattie was dragged up the stairs of the house by an "invisible" force. However reviewing back footage of the incident, many viewers and sceptics noted that Karl had what appeared to be a rope or cable around his waist which dragged him up the stairs. Karl and his wife Yvette refute the claims that this was a faked incident, saying that the cable around Karl was just a camera lead. Karl would later make a YouTube video trying to explain the incident and answer sceptics questions. The disappearance and later reappearance of a knife also caused concern, as many sceptics felt this was staged too. The Most Haunted team refute all claims of fakery or staged events during the Halloween live special.
It was confirmed by Yvette Fielding and the Really Channel that for Halloween 2016 there will not be a live event, but an "As Live" event to air on the UKTV Play platform, their on demand video site. On Monday 31 October 2016 from 9.00pm-11.00pm, Most Haunted will air an "as live" recorded edition of the show from HMP Shrewsbury on UKTV Play. The edition will have no edits and it will be a two-hour investigation recorded as live. The episode will also air on the Really Channel on Thursday 3 November 2016 at 10.00pm for those who could not see it on UKTV Play.
In a recorded promo for the upcoming Halloween special, Yvette said it will be two hours of "pure uncut Most Haunted terror", as Yvette and the team return to HMP Shrewsbury, a place where the team had investigated before in the previous series. It was a place where some unxplained paranormal activities had occurred including a crow bar being thrown and her husband Karl Beattie collapsing on the floor. She had said she never wanted to return there again, but for Halloween, she decided the location was perfect for another investigation.
Speaking about the upcoming episode, Yvette said, “HMP Shrewsbury is one of the scariest places I have ever been to, and to go back there for this uncut and as-live Most Haunted Halloween special fills me with absolute dread, fear and excitement. I don’t want to do it but can’t wait to do it all at the same time… I just hope the crow bar is safely locked away.”
This table shows a list of the current team members and their role in the live shows. Most of these are investigators and are part of the investigation team on location, whereas others are based in the hub.
|Karl Beattie||Producer Director & Cameraman|
|Stuart Torevell||Rigger & Cameraman|
|Fred Batt||Demonologist & Historian|
|Eamonn Vann-Harris||E.V.P (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) specialist|
|Glen Hunt||Broadcaster & Sceptic|
|Darren Hutchinson||Soundman & Cameraman|
Glasgow native Chris Conway was Most Haunted's Residential Medium until the "Live" series ended on March 13, 2010. There were many different reasons pointed out by himself and by other people regarding him leaving the show. Arch Dyson was the editor in this Living TV series.
Following the return of the main show Most Haunted on a new freeview channel called Really (TV channel) in 2014, it was decided by Antix Productions that psychic mediums would not be used in the format. It is understood this will also follow through to the Most Haunted Live! episode on 31 October 2015.
The live events were based on specific paranormal themes, the two most common themes being Halloween and the summer solstice which are reputedly the two most paranormally active periods of the calendar. Some themes are based on well known historical figures such as Dick Turpin, William Shakespeare, Jack the Ripper and Dracula. Other themes include Pirates Curse a live event which took place over a weekend in May 2007. For Halloween 2007, the team embarked on a five night investigation. They traveled around the country in the shape of an inverted pentagram. For Halloween 2008, the Most Haunted Live team undertook a record seven night investigation in the Welsh town on Denbigh, investigating the disused Asylum in the village. A further seven night investigation is taking place over a week in January 2009 in Liverpool, where the team investigate each night a different aspect of the paranormal.
"The Hub", as it was known, was the centre of communications where the audience and main studio were set up. The presenter, Paul Ross, historian, Lesley Smith followed by Dr John Callow, and 'demonologist' Fred Batt who resides in Capel, Surrey worked from the hub. He owned Caesars Nightclub in Streatham from 1994 to 2010. As did the interactive team and its leader, Julian Clegg. The hub was also the location of the gallery and production offices.
The show was fully interactive. There were usually four webcams running through the event which could be watched online. Viewers could also send emails and text messages to report their own experiences.
|1||31 October 2002||Dudley Castle||Dudley, West Midlands||Halloween|
|2||22 December 2002||Dover Castle||Dover, Kent||Christmas|
|3||1 April 2003||Midland Grand Hotel||London||Peril In St Pancras|
|4||21 June 2003||Woodchester Mansion||Gloucestershire||-|
|5||31 October 2003||Beaulieu Abbey||Hampshire||Halloween|
|6||29 December 2003||Hampstead Heath, Spaniards Inn||London||Dick Turpin|
|30 December 2003||Epping Forest||Essex|
|31 December 2003||York Dungeon, Knavesmire||York|
|13||12 March 2005||Lupton House||Brixham, Devon||Terror At Torbay|
|13 March 2005||The Globe Hotel, Brixham Heritage Museum, The Smugglers' Haunt|
|14 March 2005||Berry Pomeroy Castle|
|14||6 May 2005||Elstree Film and T.V. Studios||Elstree, Hertfordshire||Nightmare On Elstree|
|7 May 2005||Waggon and Horses, Allum Hall, Holybush Pub|
|8 May 2005||Gate Studios|
|15||19 June 2005||Rutland Mill Complex||Wakefield||Summer Solstice|
|20 June 2005||Wakefield Theatre Royal & Opera House|
|21 June 2005||Caphouse Colliery|
|16||2 September 2005||Staircase House||Manchester||The Asylum|
|3 September 2005||Barnes Convalescent Hospital|
|4 September 2005||Brannigans Night Club|
|17||28 October 2005||Tower Bridge||London||Jack The Ripper
|29 October 2005||Commercial Tavern|
|30 October 2005||Clink Prison Museum, Southwark|
|31 October 2005||The Blind Beggar Pub|
|18||9 December 2005||Bluecoat Chambers||Liverpool||Mayhem On Merseyside|
|10 December 2005||Royal Court Theatre|
|11 December 2005||Wirral Museum||Birkenhead|
|19||5 May 2006||Wymering Manor||Portsmouth||Panic In Portsmouth|
|6 May 2006||Southsea Castle|
|7 May 2006||Royal Marines Museum|
|20||24 June 2006||Parc Howard Museum||Llanelli, Carmarthenshire||Summer Solstice|
|25 June 2006||Llanelly House|
|26 June 2006||Kidwelly Castle|
|21||29 October 2006||Blair Street Vaults||Edinburgh||Halloween|
|30 October 2006||Niddry Street Vaults|
|31 October 2006||Mary King's Close|
|22||23 February 2007||Transylvanian Room, Desert Tower, The Hanging Gallery||Transylvania, Romania||Dracula|
|24 February 2007||Guards Passage Way, Old Gate Tower, White Tower, Bethlen Wing|
|25 February 2007||Painted Tower, New Gate Tower, Torture Tower, Knights Hall|
|23||5 May 2007||Blackbeard's House||Bristol||Pirates' Curse|
|6 May 2007||Redcliffe Caves|
|7 May 2007||Llandoger Trow|
|24||27 October 2007||Wheeler Priory||Yorkshire||Halloween|
|28 October 2007||The Leopard Inn||Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent|
|29 October 2007||Towneley Park||Burnley, Lancashire|
|30 October 2007||Bolsover Castle||Derbyshire|
|31 October 2007||Plas Teg||Flintshire|
|25||26 March 2008||San Pietro In Vincoli||Turin, Italy||Satan's City|
|27 March 2008||Lucedio Abbey Church & Priest's House|
|28 March 2008||Lucedio Abbey Monastery|
|29 March 2008||Pietro Micca Tunnels|
|30 March 2008||Moncalieri Castle|
|26||29 August 2008||London Tombs||London||Total Darkness|
|30 August 2008||Aldwych Tube Station|
|31 August 2008||Churchill War Rooms|
|27||25 October 2008||South East Wing||North Wales Hospital|
|26 October 2008||Nurses' Quarters|
|27 October 2008||South West Wing|
|28 October 2008||Isolation Wards & Mortuary|
|29 October 2008||North West Wing|
|30 October 2008||Cellars|
|31 October 2008||Chapel & Mortuary|
|28||10 January 2009||St. George's Hall||Liverpool, Merseyside||The Search For Evil|
|11 January 2009||Liverpool Empire Theatre|
|12 January 2009||Stanley Dock|
|13 January 2009||Central Library|
|14 January 2009||Samlesbury Hall||Preston, Lancashire|
|15 January 2009||Bidston Hall||Birkenhead, Merseyside|
|16 January 2009||St. George's Hall Basement||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|29||24 October 2009||Morecambe Winter Gardens||Lancashire||Eight Faces Of Evil (Halloween)|
|25 October 2009||Palatine Hall & Lancaster Town Hall|
|26 October 2009||Morecambe Antiques Centre & Carleton Nightclub|
|27 October 2009||Ashton Hall|
|28 October 2009||Judges Lodgings|
|29 October 2009||The Three Mariners Inn & Ashton Memorial|
|30 October 2009||Lancaster Maritime Museum & Snatchems Golden Ball|
|31 October 2009||Morecambe Winter Gardens & Gallows Hill|
|30||9 January 2010||The Control Tower||RAF West Raynham, Norfolk||The Silent Town|
|10 January 2010||The Armoury & Hangar 3|
|11 January 2010||The Guards House and Chapel|
|12 January 2010||The Sargents Mess|
|13 January 2010||Base HQ|
|14 January 2010||The Officers Mess|
|15 January 2010||The Hospital|
|31||25 March 2010||Old Town Hall Cellars||Prague, Czech Republic||Gothic Prague – The Evil Within|
|26 March 2010||Prague Waterworks|
|27 March 2010||Křivoklát Castle|
|28 March 2010||Houska Castle|
Most Haunted Live returned in 2015 for its first live special since 2010. The live elements were presented by Rylan Clarkand Jamie East. Paul O'Gradyappeared as a guest at the event. The event was broadcast on the UKTVchannel Reallyand aired on 31 October 2015 from 9.00pm-12.30am GMT. The event came from 30 East Drive, Pontefract in West Yorkshire, England.
|32||31 October 2015||30 East Drive||Pontefract, West Yorkshire||Halloween|
2016 ('As' Live)
Following a decision by UKTV, 2016 saw a 2-hour long Halloween special in the style of a Most Haunted Live, except it was not live. Titled 'Most Haunted As Live', the 2-hour special came from HM Prison Shrewsbury. The show was unedited and uncut, showing the Most Haunted team returning to one of their most frightening paranormal locations to date. The 2-hour long special was exclusively released on UKTVPlay on 31 October 2016 and was aired on 3 November 2016 on Really.
|#||Airdate (UKTV Play)||Airdate (Really)||Location||Theme|
|32||31 October 2016||3 November 2016||HMP Shrewsbury||Shrewsbury, Shropshire||Halloween|
Most Haunted : The Live Series
A Live Series of 'Most Haunted' was broadcast every Saturday on Living, live for two-hours. The Live Series ended on 13 March 2010, to make way for The next Most Haunted Live! event: Most Haunted Live! – Gothic Prague – The Evil Within
Most Haunted Live! USA
The following special live events were aired live in the US only, but the UK aired a 2-hour edited version of the live events which were classed as the 'Almost' live series.
|#||USA Airdate||'Almost Live' UK Airdate||Location||Theme|
|1||1 June 2007||25 December 2007||Eastern State Penitentiary||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Death Row|
|2||19 October 2007||8 February 2008||Winchester Mystery House||San Jose, California||Mystery House|
|3||10 October 2008||Never Broadcast||Gettysburg||Pennsylvania||Civil War|
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