After GHOSTWATCH, too many producers and directers decided to back-pedal and play it safe - This play really does mark the end of a period when televsion dared to be different. It even split my own household, with some of us declaring GHOSTWATCH brave and original while others called it "irresponsible". I was firmly in the former camp, but the pattern was repeated across the country and while only a minority contacted the BBC to complain, they once again won through by shouting the loudest.
I always used to get rather fed up when I heard snobbish British critics pouring scorn on the Americans of the 1930's for "falling" for Orson Welles' WAR OF THE WORLDS radio dramatisation. "It could never happen here" they all used to say - Well, it did with GHOSTWATCH. Once again we had the BBC trying to appease the minority and placing an embargo on this play so it would NEVER be seen again. I think stories of people being "traumatised" by GHOSTWATCH, even if true, point to some individuals who had a lot of problems long before this play was screened.
On the production itself, I found it professional, credible (within the obviously fictional context) and genuinely creepy, and I was 22 when it was screened! Some reviewers are giving it one star and calling it rubbish, then admiting to being "scared" when they first saw it. Weird contradiction that. Obviously it succeeded in what it set out to do as a one-off Halloween drama.
No wonder modern televsion is so banal and inoffensive (In a very dumb, offensive way!) - As soon as someone tried to use the medium creatively they were stamped on by the establishment and told "don't do it again". Thank goodness for DVD, as it's the ONLY way you'll be watching GHOSTWATCH from now on.