In the latest episode of the long-running, British ghost hunting show, Yvette Fielding and team caught a figure on camera which Yvette describes as the show's "most groundbreaking footage" to date.
The new episode airs on television channel Really, this Friday (21st April) at 9pm and features the spook, dubbed the "Wentworth Ghost" which was captured by Karl Beattie and Stuart Torevell during a nighttime vigil in the upstairs of a derelict stable block near Rotherham.
Karl had rested the camera just inside a doorway, looking out at a dark corridor when Stuart spotted the figure which was also caught on camera. Believing it to be another member of the team or someone else in the building, Stuart chased after the figure only to find there was no one else on the floor.
What makes this sighting unique is that it witnessed by two different teams of investigators in different locations simultaneously. While Karl and Stuart saw the figure upstairs, Yvette spotted the same shadowy figure at the same time from the ground floor while looking up at a balcony.
"To date, this has to be the most groundbreaking footage we have ever captured."
The eerie footage was caught on video in the stables, a wing of Wentworh Woodhouse, a Grade I listed country house in the village of Wentworth, South Yorkshire.
The Most Haunted team are the first paranormal researchers to be allowed to investigate inside the dilapidated stable block, which is said to be haunted just like the rest of Wentworh Woodhouse.
Although the footage is some of the best captured on the show, Yvette says that instead of this being the answer they had been looking for, it's just given the team more questions, "Was it the spirit of a long-dead soul, a doppelganger, a 'stone tape' replay, or something else we are never supposed to understand?"
Of course there's also the possibility that it was a crew member in a part of the building they shouldn't have been or someone else who had infiltrated the building. Although the Most Haunted crew are usually pretty good at locking off parts of the building they are investigating.
Series 19 of Most Haunted has already got off to a flying start, in the first episode shot at Abbey House Museum in Leeds the team experienced multiple items being thrown around the building, caught a door slamming on camera and heard a piano seemingly playing itself.
Friday is now #Frightday as the new series comes to Really from April 14th. Watch on Freeview (17), Sky (155) and Virgin Media (129), or watch previous episodes of Most Haunted on demand on the UKTV Player.
Since the show aired there's been a lot of debate over whether the footage is real, well... let me ask you another question, does the show have a disclaimer at the start "this programme is for entertainment purposes only?"
Yes. It's not different to 'Ghostbusters' or the classic 1992 drama, 'Ghost Watch' in that sense. Most Haunted aims to make an entertaining television above all else, including the goal of proving the existence of the paranormal.
So, with that in mind, was the footage faked? Probably, but it doesn't take away from the fake it was a highlight of the show. If you really want to be picky and dissect it then there are two things that give the footage away.
Firstly, Karl puts the camera down on a flat surface for no apparent reason. This means that camera is then static and footage can easily be doctored or edited without having to worry about motion tracking and expensive special effects.
Secondly, when Karl and Stuart chase the ghost, they pass the point where it was spotted and you can see on the floor that there are two torches lighting that area. This could be a coincidence and the lights were just there for health and safety purposes, but the footage they capture wouldn't have been possible without those lights.
Many people are speculating that it could have been Stuart walking up the stairs as he was out of shot behind the camera, but that seems like an unnecessary complication. The figure could have been any member of the production crew or even staff from Wentworh Woodhouse.
I think it's pretty obvious that the way the shot was put together is that the subject was lit with two torches while the camera was locked off and static on a flat surface. Then the footage was overlaid with a shot of the stairs without the figure present which gave the ghost a slightly transparent look.