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Ghouls and Grimness at the BBC: A Reflection on GHOSTWATCH, the Halloween Hoax That Unsettled a Nation

Halloween night, 1992. People across the United Kingdom sat down at 9 p.m. with their tellies tuned to BBC1 expecting some quaint Halloween japes, the kind that viewers were used to seeing from a channel famous for transmitting The Two Ronnies and Only Fools and Horses. But what transpired that fateful night would not only shock, appall, and terrify people across the nation, it would also lead to more disturbing and unfortunately fatal circumstances. Such was the power of Ghostwatch. I was 14. By then, I had already been exposed to a whole bunch of films that I shouldn’t have,
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