I know I shouldn't, but I loved it. I don't regard it so much as parapsychology but a form of magical ritual that evokes the phenomena it purports to investigate. I mean, if you're going to call out questions in a creaky old house, and you decide to interpret the noises you hear as responses from a dead person, then that's what you're going to get, isn't it? This is magick, not science - but there's nothing wrong with that, in my view.
What does trouble me is that the need to make an entertaining programme may interfere with the magick at times. I didn't find the poltergeist activity too convincing. Why does the bald-headed bloke always seem to be out of camera shot when objects start being thrown around? And *obviously* the mediums have people on the inside letting them know the details beforehand of the places the team are going... Or they've got iPhones... Duh. But I still find it irresistible to watch. Spitbank Fort was an amazingly weird venue. Michelham Priory: the most haunted site in Britain? Memorable moments: seeing Gordon Smith recoil in shock when something seems to whisper his name (captured on audio); and the clearly audible 'dog' that is repeatedly heard worrying the team, at a venue where no ghost dog has been reported.
The only problem with *Most Haunted* is that it has now become the popular template for how people assume a paranormal investigation should be organised and run. But in fact there are plenty of other possibilities, and people in interested in this field need to keep finding original approaches if we want to keep challenging assumptions of what the paranormal is (if anything) and how it operates.