The British paranormal show, 'Help! My House Is Haunted
' will drop on Discovery+ this summer, as Barri Ghai, Jayne Harris and newcomer Ian Lawman tackle 12 new cases.
The stars of the popular British ghost hunting programme have announced on social media that the show will return for a new series which will be available to stream on demand on Discovery+ from June 25, 2021 and will air on the Really channel later in the year.
It was previously announced that there will be a change to the shows lineup. Existing paranormal investigators Barri and Jayne will be joined by a new team member, psychic medium Ian Lawman. Despite the difficulties and restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the new team have now finished shooting all of the 12 episodes that will make up the third series.
The gang of paranormal experts will once again travel the UK visiting houses and families troubled by hauntings, using the latest technology to try to capture never before seen proof of the paranormal, this time joined by Scunthorpe-born Ian.
Ian takes over from US medium, Chris Fleming, who has been a regular on the show since its first episode. In an online Q&A
last month, Ian said "I was privileged and honoured to be invited to do this show and Chris Fleming has been absolutely amazing. He's spoken to me, he wishes me well, and I've got massive shoes to fill."
Jayne said, "Chris of course is missed on the show, and no one is ever replacing anyone else, it's just a completely different feel," as Jayne knows herself after joining the team in series two after Sandy Lakdar's departure. She added, "you're never trying to replace anyone, and that's the wonderful thing. This show for me is now a different show, but it's now the three of us doing what we need to do naturally but in a different way because there's a different dynamic."
It seems the team gave Ian a warm welcome. He said, "I think it's very hard when you come as an outsider into an established show, I've never done that before. I've always started from the beginning of every single show I've done. So, this is a little difficult, but Barri and Jayne have been absolutely amazing."
He added, "it's been more of a family, this show rather than the other shows. We've all been very close and we've become friends, that's the easiest way to explain it."
Of course the change to the lineup is due to travel restrictions in place because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, which meant Chris wasn't able to take part in this series, but this isn't the only way that the pandemic has impacted on the new series.
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The cast and crew have had to make some changes to the way they conduct and film their investigations, especially in smaller locations where social distancing may not be possible, but Barri said "it won't impact on the show at all because it's been cleverly done."
With all the filming now complete, Ian said, "working while we're in COVID is very difficult, but the team and Back2back Productions worked very hard and the protocol is very strict and it's all about camera angles and how we placed ourselves."
He said that the hardest thing was not being able to comfort others during the investigations, "you can't hug each other, even though we are in bubbles, so it just makes it hard when you see someone crying."
Jayne said, "there's so many things in place to keep us safe, and the contributors and homeowners to keep them safe." This included face masks, distancing, and restrictions on sharing transport. Sadly, this means that the team have had to leave their camper van behind, which in the previous series served as a mobile investigation hub.
The third series of the show promises to be more edgy and darker in places, especially for Barri, who had one of his most terrifying encounters to date. Jayne said, "this series will probably be a little bit edgier, we're pushing the boundaries a little bit more."
Barri added, "this series is specifically going to be aired after the watershed, so they're not leaving anything out. You're going to see everything and it's pretty scary stuff."
Despite the change of lineup, the team will come together and each apply their own unique skills and differing approaches to the investigation. As a medium, Ian will focus on the energy of the building and use his sixth sense to gain psychic insights, while Jayne delves into the buildings' histories and their documented hauntings.
Barri takes on the role of the tech expert and spends his time trying to validate the paranormal claims relating to the properties with hard evidence. His preferred method of investigation is to attempt to capture electronic voice phenomenon (EVP), which are believed to be spirit voices captured or heard through an electronic device, such as Barri's trusty audio recorder.
As the newest member of the team, Ian admits that he's not always as "in tune" with the electronic voices Barri and Jayne capture but he said, "some of the EVPs these guys have caught this series, I can hear them and they're absolutely mind blowing."
We don't yet have the full details on where the team will be heading in the new series, although we do know the investigators spent some time filming in what looked like a theatre in Gainsborough, a haunted house in Rotherham, and they helped the victims of a terrifying haunting in Hartlepool.
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