High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman

BBC Three (ended 2006)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 8

    Episode Eight

    Aired 4/19/05

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    Episode Seven

    Aired 4/12/05

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    Episode Six

    Aired 4/5/05

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Episode Five

    Aired 3/29/05

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    Episode Four

    Aired 3/22/05

  • Cast & Crew
  • Patrick Stewart


  • Marc Wootton

    Shirley Ghostman

  • show Description
  • I feel ya' pain, I feel ya' shame, but you're not to blame. You deserved that holiday. How were you supposed to know dogs couldn't feed themselves? Welcome to the High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman guide at TV.com. Shirley is a very special medium because the spirits he contacts are literally dead famous! Marc Wootton unleashes his latest creation – psychic medium Shirley Ghostman, a camp psychic who specialises in contacting dead celebrities. Shirley is aided by his spirit guide. An Alsatian named Sheba, Shirley's dead dad's dead dog. Award winning Marc has also appeared in My New Best Friend, Nighty Night, French & Saunders and Cyderdelic. The participants of the show believe that Shirley Ghostman is real, but Marc Wootton is having a laugh at his unwilling victim's expense!moreless

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  • shyladuk2005

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (37)

    • Shirley: If you don't believe, you'll die a long, lonely and painful death. Spook to ya' later!

    • Shirley: Shirley is not a gaylord, just a tad camp.

    • Shirley: Ladies and gentlemen I would like shushy as I am about to channel a spirit.

    • Shirley: I don't know if you've ever had to kill a dog before? It's not as easy as you might think. Seriously, it's bloody difficult. So I did it in the most humane way I could think of ok? I wrapped cling film around her muzzle and then I pushed all the pieces of Buckaroo up her tiny bottom. I think it was the mule what done it.

    • Shirley: You like a drink don't you Sir? Yes? Ok, what you're not going to like, ok, is waking up on the bathroom floor with a black eye and s**t in your pants. Ok? Don't shoot the messenger all right? That's what they're saying to me. Would you understand? Ok, god bless.

    • Shirley: I'm getting a sock. Someone is putting a sock on a head and watching her bump into stuff and just laughing.

    • Shirley: I'm getting a man. And he's either really tall ok? Or he's stood on a chair, or a box of some sort.

    • Shirley: And remember, if you don't believe you'll rot in hell. Spook to ya' later!

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    Notes (4)

    • Feedback after the first show aired suggests those who watched it found if very funny but many were not impressed when Marc pretended to be possessed by Princess Diana.

    • 215,000 viewers watched this episode.

    • Wendy Grossman has written an extremely detailed piece on her participation in High Spirits With Shirley Ghostman which can be found online.

    • Before tonight's show airs the BBC makes an apology to Harrow Borough F.C. A trophy was stolen from their grounds when Marc filmed there as Shirley. The trophy is in Shirley's hand at the start of the show, claiming it is an award he has won.

    Allusions (18)

    • Princess Diana: I've got a few secrets about that wrinkly monkey that haven't been flogged by Paul Burrell yet.
      Paul Burrell is Princess Diana's former butler. He was accused of stealing property from her estate and was accused of being treacherous; giving away personal information about Diana in his book 'A Royal Duty'.

    • Princess Diana: He must feel like he's in a bloomin' Godfather movie, waking up every morning with a horse's head on the pillow next to him.
      Shirley (as Diana) uses an example from the Godfather movie to explain why Prince Charles may feel like a gangster. This is also a jibe at Camilla Parker Bowles.

    • Shirley Ghostman: I wrapped cling film around her muzzle and then I pushed all the pieces of Buckaroo up her tiny bottom.
      Buckaroo is a classic family game that involves sticking pieces of equipment onto a mule which will flip its legs and cause all the pieces to fly everywhere at any given time.

    • Impressionist: I don't believe it!
      One Foot in the Grave is a BBC sitcom about a grumpy old man called Victor who constantly said the above quote when he encountered something ridiculous.

    • Shirley: I'm going to try and get through more spirits in one night than George Best and Oliver Reed put together
      George Best is a former football player and Oliver Reed an actor, they are both known for their heavy drinking.

    • Colin: Today what I'm going to be doing is shape Shifting.
      Shape Shifting is the supposed ability for a living person or animal to turn into another species.

    • Shirley: Is it a Magic Tree?
      A Magic Tree is a popular air freshener which is hung on the rear view mirror in cars.

    • Shirley: One of you is going to be famous, I'm thinking Top of the Pops.
      Top of the Pops is a music programme shown on BBC 1 showcasing the latest music in the UK charts.

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  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Ghostman gone, was it just too ahead of it's time! Maybe a message from the other side will enlighten us all.

    By jameswall, Oct 08, 2005