Mr. Pipes is on the loose again this Halloween, as our ongoing season of controversial screen works revisits one of the most infamous BBC dramas ever broadcast.
Screened on Halloween night 1992, Stephen Volk’s tale of suburban horror was initially billed as a real-life documentary, with Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene and Craig Charles investigating the otherworldly goings-on at a London house. What starts out as a harmless night of spooky fun soon degenerates into out-and-out terror, as the sickening history of a poltergeist known as Mr. Pipes slowly unveils, his spirit terrorising two young girls and ultimately threatening to break out of the viewers’ television sets to cause havoc in the ‘real world’.
Due to the BBC’s attempts to disguise its dramatic origins, many viewers on the night thought that what they were seeing was real, resulting in tens of thousands of complaints. The show has since gone on to inspire an episode of Inside No. 9 and still stands as one of the most complained about shows ever broadcast on British television.
This special Halloween screening will be followed by a live onstage Q&A with writer Stephen Volk and director Lesley Manning.
Warning! Contains disturbing scenes, a malevolent poltergeist and the power to hoodwink a nation.
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