Possessed Derek Acorah scares kids, says Ofcom

TV celeb psychic Derek Acorah in trouble again as the television standards authority in Britain says he broke broadcasting rules on his show, Most Haunted.

Most Haunted could have spooked kids in pre-watershed slot, Ofcom says – Media News – Digital Spy.

An episode of Most Haunted – featuring psychic Derek Acorah becoming ‘possessed’ – could have spooked children when it aired on Sky’s Pick TV channel in the early evening last year, Ofcom has ruled.

Broadcast on October 17 at 6pm, the episode saw the Most Haunted team investigating Chatham Dockyard in Kent, where there had been been sightings of so-called “malevolent spirits” and “dark evil shadows”.

At one stage, Acorah suddenly became “possessed”, supposedly by the spirit of a soldier, and he then spoke in a gruff deep voice and identified himself as Richard Neville, before collapsing.

During a later seance, Acorah was again “possessed”, this time by a 9-year-old boy called Barney Little, and then by a woman who had abused the boy, called Lizzie.

A complainant alerted Ofcom that the content in the episode was not suitable for broadcast before the 9pm watershed when children could have been watching.

Ofcom rules that the show theme was “dark and menacing” and could have distressed younger viewers since it referenced children being harmed, mistreated or murdered.

In its defense, Most Haunted had told viewers that events portrayed may not actually have happened and that Acorah may have been “simply play acting for the cameras”. Ya think?

Most Haunted was a hallmark show that launched others like Ghost Hunters in the U.S. This type of programming is still popular, as is Acorah even after his various public missteps.

This may be correlated to the popularity of these shows: Majority of Brits Surveyed Believe in Paranormal Occurrences and Psychics Reports Psychic Living.

It appears that the British populace is becoming more and more obsessed with psychics, mediums, and spirits than in the recent past.

Exclusive polls have shown that 60% of Britons surveyed now believe they have seen a ghost, while over half of the Brits think it is possible to speak with the dead, and 48% wanting to visit with a medium at some point.

The survey also noted that 38% believe that there is something to be said for psychic abilities, including predicting the future and talking to those who have passed on.

Even though there have been many cases of fraudulent psychic claims, some people believe that in no way negates the REAL psychics. Hmmm, human mistakes and fraud are less plausible than powers we can’t pin down and identify after more than a century of trying? That make sense. O_o

By the way, that press report on the survey was put out by “Psychic Living” as some good PR for using psychics.


  10 comments for “Possessed Derek Acorah scares kids, says Ofcom

  1. Bob
    March 18, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    That show is still on!?! But…it’s so…incomprehensibly awful!! How…? But…. I’m sorry. I’m moving to the moon. Earth can bite me.

  2. March 18, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    If I was his lawyer, I would just present the evidence from the show were he faked gettting possessed a la Ciarán O’Keeffe , therefore he couldn’t have “really” scared anyone…right? No? Bad legal advice?

  3. idoubtit
    March 18, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Drwfishesman: He can’t win for losing, can he? According to a Twitter commentator to DN, bad acting is scary too.

  4. Peter Robinson
    March 18, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    drwfishesman, just to clarify that was when he was ‘possessed by the spirit’ of Kreed Kafer, as in anagram of Derek Faker, a false story fed to him by O’Keefe. I thought he had been kicked off Most Haunted after that incident? Unless the show last October was a repeat?

    he along with Colin Fry are two of the most awful, yet financially successful [edit] operating in the U.K.

    Those survey figures are truly scary!

  5. March 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I have no problem with Acorah being in a no-win situation, idoubtit. It actually brings me a little bit of joy. 🙂

  6. Eve
    March 18, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    This has to have been a repeat episode. The Chatham Dockyards episode originally aired in 2004. Most Haunted hasn’t been on since 2010 (I looked it up).

  7. idoubtit
    March 18, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Eve: yes, apparently it was a rebroadcast. I either didn’t catch that or it wasn’t mentioned in the press.

  8. Richard Cornford
    March 18, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Tomorrow (19th March) Pick TV will broadcast repeats of Most Haunted at 5am, 2pm and 6pm (GMT). I would have thought that responsibility for the decision to re-broadcast a program originally created for a relatively late night showing on that sort of schedule should be with the broadcaster rather than the people who happen to appear in that program.

  9. Bob
    March 18, 2013 at 9:33 PM


  10. March 20, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    The bare fact that Derek Acorah is on television at all is terrifying.

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