n this spooky new show from Panoply, writer and documentarian Danny Robins collects ghost stories from ordinary people and asks "Why did this happen?" - or, perhaps more accurately, "Why does the teller believe this happened?" This reframing of the question at the heart of the ghost story - not what or if, but why - is what makes Haunted interesting. On the face of it, these are straightforward accounts, supported by eyewitnesses and (slender) circumstantial evidence. But through Haunted's obliquely skeptical lens, they become stories of human frailty: after a burglary, a young couple no longer feels safe in their home, and perceive a supernatural threat; those who have lost loved ones begin to see "absence as presence". Robins' manner is gentle and earnest, and though he does consult with academics, he does not actively attempt to debunk the tales he hears, which casts a lovely ambiguity over the whole. New episodes weekly.
Gateway episodes: The House That Had to be Sold (31 Oct) / Death is Not the End (14 Nov)