Paranormal Investigation Live
(2 x 3 hours – 30th and 31st October 2010)
Entertainment channel LIVING announces a two-part Halloween special: Paranormal Investigation Live in which two competing teams of paranormal investigators delve into supernatural activity at a secret location, revealed to them only at the start of the show, over the most haunted weekend of the year. Working with radically different tools and techniques, the teams will go head-to-head in an attempt to undercover true evidence of the paranormal.
Paranormal Investigation Live is produced by STV Productions, and presented by top journalist Naga Munchetty who most recently hosted BBC2’s Working Lunch. Our skeptical host is joined by history and parapsychological experts, who will evaluate the evidence with a cool scientific eye.
The two teams pitted against each other in this Halloween special could not be more different. IMPACT is a group that uses tried-and-tested approaches such as Ouija boards, alongside more “new age” techniques like dowsing. In contrast, The Ghostfinder Paranormal Society (GPS) is committed to the use of scientific techniques and technology for paranormal investigation – including Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP).
Paranormal Investigation Live continues LIVING’s decade-long association with the paranormal. It will take a serious, rigorous and investigative approach, encouraging fans to support the show and contribute to the content themselves.
Users will be encouraged to submit their own evidence; be it images, audio or video, as well as support – and debunk – other users’ evidence, the best of which will be featured on the live show itself.
The show and website (http://www.paranormalinvestigationlive.co.uk/) make the most of existing social networks Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to capitalise on the massive fan base behind other existing LIVING shows.
Living TV Group’s Commissioning Executive, Alex Ayling said: “The home of paranormal is pushing things further than ever before with Paranormal Investigation Live. We will bring a whole new level of rigour and scientific scrutiny to this hugely popular genre. The show should prove to be not only a scary watch for those brave enough to tune in, but with the features on our fantastic website, will also deliver a fantastic two-screen experience.”
STV Productions Series Producer Mike Morrissey said: “We are very excited about the live show and feel that it will take the genre to the next level, and increase the scare factor that fans and skeptics tune in for.”
Paranormal Investigation Live was ordered by Living TV Group’s Head of Commissioning Mark Sammon and Commissioning Executive Alex Ayling. Mike Morrisey is Series Producer for STV Productions.
The Paranormal Investigation Live Team
The only experience Naga has had with spirits in her career so far is through mixing the occasional cocktail, but as the host for Paranormal Investigation: Live she is willing to keep an open mind as to what might unfold over the course of the weekend.
With a background in financial journalism and a television career including reporting for Channel 4 News and co-presenting BBC’s Working Lunch, only the facts and hard evidence will convince sceptic Naga of anything paranormal. Used to grilling Chief Executives and Fund Managers of big companies during the economic downturn, Naga’s not going to hold back if either team’s evidence is not up to standard on the night.
Naga gets job satisfaction by making sure that viewers have the best information available before making up their minds, so both teams are really going to have their work cut out for them during their investigations!
IMPACT are led by best friends Anthony & Paul, who together with Chloe and Olga are an open-minded investigation team who decided to take their passion for the paranormal one step further and go on the hunt for ghosts.
Preferring a more traditional approach, IMPACT use a range of spiritualist techniques, from Ouija boards and trigger objects to crystal scrying and table tipping. After hundreds of investigations up and down the country, the team have experienced and captured on tape a number of strange occurrences which cannot be explained.
After growing up in an apparently haunted house, it seemed only natural that Paul would end up with a keen interest in the paranormal. After participating in a number of organised ghost hunts with Anthony, the pair eventually struck out on their own to create IMPACT in the search for solid evidence of the supernatural.
Paul has investigated many of the most haunted locations around the UK and despite experiencing an incredible amount of unexplained activity still keeps an open mind.
Anthony has been a fan of the spooky and unknown for as long as he can remember, and what started out as a hobby has now turned into an incredible journey, as Anthony and IMPACT look for the truth behind paranormal phenomena.
A natural sceptic, Anthony tests his nerve by watching scary movies but is prepared to put himself on the line both physically and mentally for the team’s paranormal experiments. He is always on the lookout for that crucial piece of evidence and won’t be the first person to shout “Ghost!” until he has ruled out every possibility.
Originally from the Ukraine, Olga’s interest in the paranormal started through watching scary movies as a child. It was through meeting the other members of IMPACT at a self-defence class that Olga could take her interest to the next level and have her own supernatural experiences on the group’s ghost hunts.
Despite participating in a number of investigations, Chloe claims to not have been scared by anything the team have experienced, which probably makes her the most fearless member of IMPACT.
Chloe is fascinated by the unknown and is drawn to the investigative potential of the paranormal. She is always on the lookout for new and incredible technological advances to unearth possible evidence of the paranormal, but is open to debating other theories to explain the unexplained
G.P.S is the UK’s #1 paranormal investigation society. Using the latest in ghost hunting technology Barri, Laura, Matt and Phil have investigated haunted locations across the country and help people understand what seems like paranormal activity.
Coming from a variety of backgrounds, this highly skilled team are dedicated to finding the answers behind paranormal phenomena with their cutting edge technology and techniques, such as Infrared Thermal Scanners, EMF detectors and Air Ion Counters. Only tangible results and unfettered evidence will cut it with the G.P.S.
Ghost hunting is a full time job for Barri, who is the founding director and Operations Manger of the Ghostfinder Paranormal Society.
It was a number of scary supernatural experiences as a child which set Barri on the path to the paranormal, who has witnessed apparitions, heard his name whispered when he was alone and seen stones thrown by unseen forces. He remains intrigued as to what was behind these events and is experimenting with new equipment and research methods as he searches for the answers to paranormal activity.
Phil is the lead investigator with G.P.S, having conducted hundreds of vigils in some of the UK’s most haunted locations, as well as a number of private homes and businesses.
During his time as a ghost hunter Phil cannot explain some of the things he has seen and experienced. Armed with a whole host of technology including his trusty K2 reader, Phill records various phenomena which could be evidence of spirits trying to make contact.
Fascinated by a spooky story her mum told her as a child, Laura has been on the hunt to see a ghost of her own ever since. After a long day at the bakery where she works, come the night time Laura can’t wait until her next supernatural experience as a Trainee Paranormal Investigator at night with the G.P.S.
Paranormal activity is a big part of Laura’s life and she is determined to find answers not just for herself but for other fellow supernatural enthusiasts.
Don’t be alarmed if Captain Jack Sparrow appears from the shadows during the live investigation, for it’s just G.P.S’s technical manager Matt, who also happens to be a Jack Sparrow impersonator!
Matt joined the G.P.S after they investigated strange happenings at his local pub, and says the experience changed his life forever. Although he admits he has been scared by his own shadow in the past, he has seen things during vigils which he cannot explain and prefers to experiment with technology such as the Ovilus which potentially allow interaction with spirits from the other side
A self confessed super fan of Most Haunted and editor of GhostMag.com. Matt’s passion for ghost hunting began when he moved into a haunted house in his second year of university in Leicester! His favourite location is the Niddry Street Vaults in Edinburgh.