'Googlebox' Celebs React To Ghost Hunting Show 'Help! My House Is Haunted'
In the week when England made it through to the final of the Euros, the cast of 'Celebrity Gogglebox' watched lots of great telly, including a creepy ghost hunting show from Discovery+.
Celebs including Denise van Outen and her partner Eddie Boxshall, and Martine McCutcheon reacted to 'Help! My House Is Haunted', the latest British paranormal series to be added to the streaming service, which is fast becoming the home of paranormal and unexplained shows.
The critique of the ghost hunting show aired at 9pm on Channel 4 on Friday, July 9, and saw chart-topping Ed Sheeran replace Sir Tom Jones, appearing on the couch with fellow musician, Anne-Marie.
Other celebrities watching the Discovery+ show included BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw and his niece Liv, Shaun Ryder and his Happy Mondays mate Bez, and television host Jonathan Ross.
Jonathan is clearly a hard skeptic. He said, "there will be nothing in this programme that you couldn't write off with logic," as he sat down with his family to watch the show, which stars paranormal investigators Barri Ghai, Jayne Harris and Ian Lawman.
In the creepy episode, the first from the show's new third series, the team were helping a couple troubled by a dark attachment in the historic town of Gorleston-on-Sea. They are armed with specialist technology to try to capture never before seen proof of the paranormal.
As the show's dramatic opener stated "the numbers of us believing in ghosts, spirits and the supernatural is on the increase," Jonathan quipped "there are more people in the world, therefore there are more stupid people in the world, therefore there are indeed more people believing in ghosts."
Meanwhile, actor Babatunde Aleshe was a bit more unsettled by the spooky happenings in a 19th century property with links to the sea, he hid behind a cushion throughout much of the segment, while joined by Mo Gilligan for support.
Chris Eubank Jr. told his boxing legend dad, that there's "nothing to worry about," and offered to give him a hug to keep him safe.
The dramatic episode ended with the show's psychic freeing the homeowner from an evil entity by conducting an exorcism, but Grimmy, who said "I love stuff like this because I just don't believe it, unless I'm alone and then I do believe it," thinks he has a better way to deal with a haunting. He told Liv, "do you know what gets rid of ghosts? Put the big light on. Put the big light on, they don't like that."
Gyles Brandreth, who was sat on the sofa with Maureen Lipman was impressed by Ian's credentials as an ordained exorcist, but he also concluded that there's a simpler solution to ghostly goings on. He told Maureen, "who needs an exorcist when you've got a nice cup of tea?"
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You can read more and the team's investigations on our 'Help! My House Is Haunted' hub, where you'll find detailed reviews of each episode, trivia quizzes and news on future episodes.
It's fair to say that most of the celebs didn't take the show as seriously as fans of the paranormal might, but that's to be expected really. As fans of ghost hunting television shows we're in a little paranormal bubble, but the the majority of people don't believe in ghosts. If you ask the average person on the street about ghost hunting there's a good chance they'll just laugh.
The inclusion of 'Help! My House Is Haunted' in a very popular, primetime Channel 4 show is however great promotion for the series and the wider British paranormal scene. We're sure the segment will drive many new viewers to the show, especially as it did receive a more favourable review than other ghost hunting shows featured in the series.
This isn't the first time a ghost hunting show has faced Channel 4's armchair critics, earlier this year the cast of 'Gogglebox' watched Netflix's supernatural series, 'Surviving Death', which had Leeds-based Ellie screaming at her sister, Izzi, "I don't wanna see no ghosts," but it was the trance medium in the episode who got the big response in the form of laughter and mocking from the cast.
The famous families also watched 'Paranormal Lockdown' in an earlier episode. Pete told his little sister Sophie, "I don't mind ghosts and s**t, I don't find any of this stuff scary". But Sophie admitted, "I buy into this, me. I'd never do a Ouija board, but I do like this kind of stuff."
After the show's host, Nick Groff, described feeling a negative presence, 'Gogglebox's' Mary said, "I can feel a negative presence throughout this property," looking at her husband, Giles. She summed up 'Paranormal Lockdown' by saying, "this has been very disappointing."
The complete third series of 'Help! My House Is Haunted' along with the show's complete back catalogue, a total of 36 episodes, is available to watch now on Discovery+, with plans to show it on the Really channel later in the year.
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