Most Haunted Frequently Asked Questions

January 05, 2018 6:00 AM ‐ Most HauntedParanormalTelevision
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Do you have a burning question about the UK's favourite and longest running ghost hunting show? Here you'll find the answers to the most commonly asked questions about Yvette Fielding and Most Haunted.

How old is Yvette Fielding?

Yvette was born in Manchester on 23 September, 1968. Making her 50-year-old in 2018. She's married to the executive producer of Most Haunted, Karl Beattie, who also appears on screen in the show.

Do they really use night vision cameras on Most Haunted?

At times in the show's 16 year history there have been claims that the night vision seen in the show was a post-production effect which was put in during the edit. Meaning that the show would have been shot on normal cameras and with the lights on in the properties they visit.

It's true there might have been times when this happened, especially during the Most Haunted Live shows. But since the show returned from a hiatus in 2014 this technique hasn't been used and the show has been shot using true night vision with the lights turned out on location.

Modern night vision is a little different to the night vision with a greenish tint from the early 2000s, today it depends on low-level light as much as infrared and the picture has a high contrast black and white look. In the show the team can often be heard making reference to turning on and off the night mode during filming. They often switch back to day mode to show full colour for example, or to show the true light level when lights are being turned on and off mysteriously in a location.

Most of the time you can see the lights above the team are off, you also see them fumbling around or reaching out into the dark unknown. However, the properties are rarely completely void of all light. There are often emergency lights or exit signs which can't be turned off, and in some locations light from street lights or neighbouring buildings might bleed in from the outside.

The team do their best to fully darken the locations and in recent episodes they are usually honest and point out when the location they are investigating isn't in complete darkness.

Below is a clip which shows a moment when Karl switches the camera from night mode to normal.

What happened to Cath from Most Haunted?

Catherine Howe, the former makeup artist for Most Haunted, worked on 153 episodes of the show from 2003 to 2010. As well as working behind the scenes, she was a favourite on camera and was known as the "screamer."

She appeared in 35 episodes of the show, starting with episode six of season two in 2003, and last appeared in the 2010 episode shot in Belsay Hall for series 14.

After leaving the show, Cath has gone on to host private ghost tours but is not credited as working on any other television productions either in person or providing her hair and makeup skills.

What happened to Stuart from Most Haunted's hair?

Karl And Stuart At Ripon Prison

You may remember that in the earlier series of Most Haunted, Stuart has a full head of hair, but now he is completely bald. So, what happened to his hair?

Well, believe it or not, Most Haunted's Stuart Torevell lost his hair due to alopecia brought on by a paranormal scare during series five of the show. The team were investigating the ghostly goings on of The Ancient Ram Inn in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire for an episode which aired in 2004.

Towards the end of the investigation, Stuart fell to the floor and screamed for help saying "I can't move." The team around him Karl, Jon Dibley, and Derek Accorah rushed to his aid. Stuart cried "don't rub my chest." Derek said "I felt him being walloped the second time, he was hit fully in the chest and ribs."

Stuart said afterwards "I'd been punched in the chest, I'd been winded. And as I went down, I got punched again then. So, I got winded twice. I was like a young kid in a playground getting picked on and beaten up. When I went down I felt like I was being kick constantly in the stomach."

The Ancient Ram Inn episode aired in November 2004, and Stuart's head of hair remained for the duration of the series, as well as the first half of series six. It was episode 13 at Fyvie Castle that we last saw Stuart with hair. In the following episode at Craigievar Castle, Stuart wore a baseball cap throughout.

As of episode 15 of series six, shot at The Black Bull in West Yorkshire, Stuart has had no hair.

What channel is Most Haunted on?

Most Haunted is currently aired on digital channel Really, which broadcasts on Freeview (17), Sky (155) and Virgin Media (129) in the United Kingdom and Ireland as part of the UKTV family of channels.

Prior to series 15 the show's home was Living TV, Sky Living. Current episodes can be watched on demand on the UKTV Player and some shows are available on Netflix in certain territories outside the UK.

When is Most Haunted on TV?

Since the show returned in 2014, a pattern has emerged of a series early in the year and another around Halloween. The show usually airs in either the 9pm or 10pm time slot.

What is Karl Beattie a doctor of?

Karl Beattie At HMP Shrewsbury Prison

You may have noticed that Karl calls himself Dr. Karl Beattie, so what exactly is he a doctor of? Well, Karl confirmed on Twitter that he is a doctor of criminology.

He also boasts that he has a large private collections of crime ephemera, one such item showed up in a Most Haunted episode shot at HMP Shrewsbury.

Karl used a bust of a man's head created from the face of a man who was hanged moments after his death. At a time before finger prints or photographs were widely used, making an eerie death mask like this was the only way of recording who they'd hanged and what they looked like.

Is Most Haunted fake?

There has always been a lot of debate over the validity of Most Haunted's paranormal investigations. They have on many occasions been accused of faking evidence. It's really a matter of opinion whether the show fake things and to what extent.

Personally I think the crew's reactions to everything that happens to them is genuine. A lot of the evidence they catch on camera is impressive... could it be achieved with camera tricks and special effects? Well, yeah... anything can. So, it's really up to you to decide.

Who are the current team members of Most Haunted?

Yvette Fielding (host)
Glen Hunt (skeptic)
Fred Batt (demonologist)
Karl Beattie (executive producer/camera)
Stuart Torevell (camera)
Gregg Smith (camera)
Darren Hutchinson (sound)

How many series and episodes of Most Haunted have there been?

As of the end of 2017 there have been 20 series of Most Haunted, 15 on Living TV and to date a further five on Really, with the 21st series due to air early in 2018.

While this number is agreed upon by most fans and the network which takes the show, it is disputed by Karl Beattie, the show's executive producer. He insists that the upcoming series will be 22 and maintains  that the current series count is one behind.

Karl is sort of correct. He has commissioned 21 series for various channels. But the reason for the discrepancy is because he counts the 2007 'Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders' as series 10. Where as the television networks, Wikipedia, and IMDb deem this to be a spin-off and count the early-2008 episodes as series 10. This method of counting was adopted by Really when they took over the show in 2014.

True fans of the show have simply learnt to subtract one whenever Karl now mentions the series number. Those fans who aren't in the know tend to get confused and think they're a series behind.

As of series 20 (on the non-Karl scale), there have been 237 episodes of the show as well as 36 Most Haunted Live shows.

Has Stuart left Most Haunted?

 Some fans have asked whether Stuart Torevell has left the show. Several viewers have noticed that he has been seen less in the most recent series. Stuart only appeared in the episodes shot at The Fleece Inn and Rowley's House, as well as the Halloween special.

But, throughout his absence on screen, Stuart was still an active part of ghost hunting events put on by the Most Haunted Experience. He put fans' worries to rest and returned to the show in series 21 in an episode at the Llanfylin Union Workhouse.

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