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Remembering the ecstatic chaos of Most Haunted—the jewel in the crown of early reality TV

When Derek Acorah's death was announced this week, I thought of the broken-hearted period where I binged on Most Haunted—a TV show with the chaotic air of a children's sleepover

By Eleanor Margolis  

Derek Acorah, who died this week. Photo: Prospect composite

A broken heart—I learnt in 2010—can make some quite odd demands. That year, I found myself dumped, back at home with my parents, and binge-watching Most Haunted with my older brother. My uni finals were fast approaching, but the only activity permitted by my mind and body was lying in a foetal position on the sofa, watching Yvette Fielding running around in the dark chased by a camera crew, as her dilated pupils glowed with pure, animal fear.

Most Haunted was a significant…

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