The episode of Britain’s Most Haunted that aired on 21st April 2017, featured a further investigation of the Wentworth Woodhouse. The episode is making news as the show claims to have captured a ghost on camera for the first time in its 17 years of airing.
A link to an article, from the Daily Mail is here:
The video shows the figure of a man, ascending a flight of stairs at the opposite end of a long corridor. An assessment of the video is thus:
-the man is clearly wearing modern attire, rather than the period attire we may have expected for a derelict, 17th Century stables.
-the man, in both form and attire, has an uncanny resemblance to the shows cameraman Stuart. Whilst Stuart was not in shot, being behind the camera mere seconds before, such does little to rule out the origin of the seeming ‘apparition’ being an earlier image of Stuart.
-The show, like so many other paranormal investigation programmes, insists on filming in the dark. The length of the corridor was causing issues for the cameras night-vision and CCD imaging chip. Mere moments before the appearance of the ‘ghost’, the camera can be seen struggling to focus and adjust to the scene. Pulses of black and white are seen as the camera attempts to adjust. The cameras efforts to focus and process the low-light imagery are further confused by the continued pointing of Stuarts finger in front of the lens. Stuart can be seen doing this action, confusing the camera, only a second before the appearance of the ghost. Given the struggle of the camera to adapt to a continually changing focus and range for the night-vision IR to function, then the reliability of the CCD chip can be questioned. The conditions and movements of Stuart may have caused some error or ‘ghosting’ upon the surface of the CCD chip.
-17 years into the show, it is astounding that this is the first image. We may question as to the pressure put upon the show to ‘find’ something. Whilst the image may not be a purposeful act of fakery, such pressure may have seen the neglect of any application of due process and rational thought. An investigation of the image and camera may have eliminated errors and faults, identifying the ‘ghost’ as such, rather than jumping to a desired conclusion.
VERDICT: A camera fault, caused unintentionally by the misguided operation of the camera.