Every Pipes Sighting In BBC's 'Ghostwatch'
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"No creaking gates, no gothic towers, no shuttered windows. Yet for the past ten months this house has been the focus of an astonishing barrage of supernatural activity," said Michael Parkinson as he welcomed us to 'Ghostwatch' a BBC Halloween special that has had a lasting effect on anyone who watched it when it aired live.
The 1992 supernatural drama now has such a cult following that each year fans re-watch the show, thanks to subsequent DVD and Blu-ray releases, and the option to watch it on the horror streaming service, Shudder.
However watching on these platforms is very different to how the show's creators Stephen Volk and Lesley Manning originally intended us to watch it. The ability to pause and rewind means fans have spotted details that were originally overlooked by many viewers during the live broadcast.
Despite this ability to re-watch the scarier moments of 'Ghostwatch', fans still don't agree upon the number of times we see the ghost that haunts the Early family and their home on Foxhill Drive.
Known as Pipes, the malevolent entity was the ghost of a former resident of the house, described in the show as being bald with scratches on his face, and his eyes gouged out. He's seen wearing a dark button-up dress. His appearances in the mockumentary are fleeting, but pay close attention and you might just spot him.
Some of the more obvious include his reflection being seen in a patio door as the on-location host, Sarah Greene, is startled by a cat outside, and later a brief sighting as the 'glory hole' door eerily swings open.
In 'Behind The Curtains', a retrospective documentary about the iconic television show, Lesley confirmed the number of appearances of the terrifying poltergeist, but suggested that there may be even more. She said, "I think it's documented that there are eight sightings. I believe we put more in, in my head I have the figure 13, but I won't stand by it."
If 13 instances of Pipes were shot, then they're not visible in the finished film for whatever reason. It maybe that the resolution of the tape used at the time just wasn't good enough to see the subtle detail of someone hiding in the background. Having gone through the whole 90 minute programme pretty much frame by frame we're pretty sure the correct figure is indeed eight.
Along the way we debunked two possible sightings and examined another potential spot, but the quality of the image didn't allow us to come to a conclusion either way on this one. We've listed all these sightings and potential sightings below, including the rough time they appear, although this might vary a little depending on whether you're streaming or watching the DVD.
Behind Craig (0:06)
Thermal Imaging (0:10)
1. The Bedroom Replay (0:21)
2. It's Behind You! (0:30)
3. Near The Park (0:47)
4. In the Kitchen: (0:54)
5. Standing By Curtains (1:11)
In The Mirror (1:16)
6. Glory Hole (1:17)
7. Ghost In The Static (1:27)
8. On The Gantry (1:27)
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