The Antiques Ghost Show

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The Antiques Ghost Show
Starring Derek Acorah
Christopher Gower
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes unknown
Running time 30 minutes
Original network Living TV
Original release 2003–2004 – present

The Antiques Ghost Show was a 'reality' show commissioned in 2003 by Living TV. Members of the public would bring self-proclaimed psychic Derek Acorah their antiques. After Acorah has made claims about the history of the item, using a method he calls psychometry, Christopher Gower and a genealogist are given 48 hours to verify the assertions.[1][2][3][4] When analysing the history of an antique, Acorah will often act out events he believes has happened.[5]

The show was sold to Bravo! in Canada and other networks in Australia, where in terms of ratings, it was immensely popular.[1][6] In terms of critical reception, it was met extremely poorly, with critics noting that just as much could be learnt about the history of the antiques without Acorah's readings.[5][7]


  1. ^ a b "BRAVO! Presents The Antique Ghost Show; Every Sunday (at) 8pm ET Canadian Television Premieres - Beginning September 7". Canada NewsWire. July 31, 2003. 
  2. ^ Windsor, Georgina (August 28, 2003). "No spirit in cheap tricks". The Australian. pp. B16. 
  3. ^ Powlson, Nigel (June 28, 2011). "Emotional evening in store with double dose of the paranormal". Derby Evening Telegraph. p. 19. 
  4. ^ Atherton, Tony (September 18, 2003). "Reality bites: The genre is great for summer TV, but not as a fall staple". Ottawa Citizen. pp. E1. 
  5. ^ a b Hooks, Barbara (August 28, 2003). "Friday". The Age. Melbourne. p. 22. 
  6. ^ "Celebrity medium". South Wales Evening Post. March 12, 2004. p. 2. 
  7. ^ Trew, Jonathan (January 11, 2003). "Only the Coolest Collect". The Scotsman. p. 4.