Welcome to a very special installment of the Dead Central Blog where we will be talking about the newest addition to paranormal TV programming that has been grabbing our attention on Friday nights throughout the last few weeks and is taking the UK by storm!
If you’re anything like me then you’ve been hooked these last few weeks tuning into the show which airs every Friday evening at 10PM on Really.
The show has been produced by none other than the ‘prince of darkness’ himself Zak Bagans — and it was no secret that thousands of his British fans were anticipating the arrival of the new UK paranormal series.
If you have yet to feast your eyes upon this host of spooky ghostly goodness I would definitely recommend that you drop everything you are doing RIGHT NOW and check out the trailer below!
The show see’s the three investigators using both traditional and modern methods as they travel the length and breadth of the UK in search of haunted homes, and in former discussions I have even heard the programme being referred to as the British version of Ghost Adventures.
So far we are just over half way through the twelve episode series which will feature in the first season and I know we are certainly hoping for a continuation. (Fingers crossed!) hint hint!
I myself have thoroughly enjoyed the series so far and I really admire the method in which they investigate. The show has an extremely professional feel from the off and unlike other paranormal programming it holds no forced gimmicks.
The flow of the show itself is very well organised and superbly done. Barri, Sandy and Chris are seen to be in their natural state and environments with nothing more than a determination and passion (which shows throughout) for investigating the paranormal and uncovering the truth.
I wanted to know more about the journey they had taken to be a part of the show and we were lucky enough to be able to catch up with Barri Ghai on the subject.
When Barri agreed to get involved with the blog, I’m sure he was certain that we’d be sending him a long list of questions. But instead, we wanted to approach things slightly differently.
Get a view from the man himself — so instead, we asked him to write us a personal statement about his time on the show.
So, here it is. Right from the horses mouth! (So to speak!)
Working on the show was a real eye opener… I always wondered what it was like for Zak, Jason and many other great TV ghost hunters, to make a paranormal style programme for TV. Then, in the summer of 2017, I had my chance to take something I love doing and have a go at making a paranormal TV series for everyone to see.
Help! My House Is Haunted is an amazing mix of paranormal investigation, history, spiritualism and technology. Chris Fleming, Sandy Lakdar and I travelled far and wide across Britain investigating 12 very different homes that were all being plagued by spirits and, in some cases, darker and more malevolent energies. Our aim was to gather evidence of the phenomena that had been reported and help the families by relieving them of their haunted situation.
Travelling on the road for months with complete strangers and working collaboratively with them all was quite tough. We all had to learn about each other and work together as a united team to get the job done. Unbelievably, it didn’t take long at all before we three investigators and the crew became great friends and trusting team mates. I think this really comes across well on the show and it’s this bond that helped us create such a brilliant series. I don’t think we would have captured half the amazing evidence we did if we weren’t able to work so well together.
Some of the locations we visited really had an impact on me as a professional paranormal investigator and as a person. De Grey Street in Hull scared me and it’s a place I don’t wish to voluntarily go back to. I’m not easily scared, but something in that house created an emotion which affected me massively. It wasn’t necessarily fear, but more like a sadness and lack of control. The others also felt this energy and despite some people claiming 39 De Grey Street is not haunted I think we found suitable evidence to the contrary.
One further experience has left a permanent reminder that what we do is very real and potentially dangerous. During our investigation of Fyvie Castle in Scotland, I attempted to communicate with the poor soul of Dame Lilias Drummond. She was left to die in a room upstairs, now called the ‘Murder Room’. I remember standing there calling out, raising my arms and offering my energy to her to help her come through. I had done this in the past and it seemed to help, but I wasn’t prepared for what happened to me.
All I remember was waking up to Sandy and not being able to control my body. I was shaking, cold and feeling very nauseous. Apparently I was stood there in the room for several minutes and then suddenly became unresponsive. I fell to the floor and when I regained consciousness I was physically sick and felt completely drained and almost paralysed. Chris explained to me after, that it was like a spiritual walk through. I just interpreted it as a partial spirit take over or borderline possession! I don’t know how else to explain it. It was strange, scary and completely unnerving.
The whole series is pretty extreme to be honest. We gathered some incredible evidence and genuinely helped most of the spirits to cross over and find peace. What was so special was the knowledge that we really helped people and, in most cases, made a difference to lives.
— WELL there we have it folks, an in depth look into the world of what it’s REALLY like to be a part of Help! My house is haunted.
It certainly sounds like Barri had some unforgettable and frightening experiences whilst filming the show and now all of us are fortunate enough to be able to follow the team in their investigation into the unknown!
We’d like to say a huge thanks to Barri Ghai for allowing us this personal look into his experiences.
If you haven’t watched the series yet, you can still catch up on demand via the UKTV Play app or, better yet, watch it on Friday nights at 10pm on Really Channel.
Until next time,