The studios have previously hosted the cast of Most Haunted 2005, who came to investigate the former Coronation Street set after a number of reports of paranormal activity. There is also a substantial amount of historical evidence suggesting the studios are built on top of a graveyard – something touched upon in the Most Haunted episode broadcast November 22nd 2005*.
Another theory to explain the paranormal activity is that dormant stars of the studios return to the studios to try and upstage their replacements.
Granadaland organisers called for the help of an exorcist to try and find the source of the paranormal activity.
The studios previously hosted the first televised performances by The Beatles and Take That, as well as being home to popular TV series including Take Me Out, Coronation Street and University Challenge.
Granadaland is a celebration of the studios rich music and television history and will be hosting an array of tribute acts from Friday 28th April until Sunday 30th April with three nights of festivities. More information and tickets are available from www.granadaland.co.uk
Christopher Wandsworth, general manager of Granadaland, said,
“The Old Granada Studios is one of the most iconic venues in the country, and we want to make sure that everyone is happy and comfortable before the event. After a lot of back and forth and the ultimatum that, unless something was done the act would pull out, an exorcism was our last resort. Without acts, after all, we don’t have a show.
“We know there’ve been numerous rumours over the years about paranormal happenings in the studios, and we know many put this down to their location. It’s scary but also exciting to think that the studios we’ve spent so much time at preparing and rehearsing might actually be haunted.”