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Most Haunted (The Best of Derek Acorah
Most Haunted (The Best of Derek Acorah's Possessions)
Published: 2012/10/14
Channel: Conor Ives
Derek Acorah - caught lying
Derek Acorah - caught lying
Published: 2013/10/09
Channel: 659061
Derek Acorah exposed (Again)
Derek Acorah exposed (Again)
Published: 2017/03/25
Channel: Robert W Lester
Derek Acorah - Psychic Live (12/12/2003)
Derek Acorah - Psychic Live (12/12/2003)
Published: 2009/03/30
Channel: PSVC2
Harry Hill
Harry Hill's TV Burp - Derek Acorah - 'Air Force & Dog Ghost' 7th March 2009
Published: 2009/03/08
Channel: giraffestakeover
Derek Acorah
Derek Acorah's paranormal investigation | Day 8
Published: 2017/08/08
Channel: Big Brother UK
Top 5 Mysterious and Paranormal Possessions of Derek Acorah
Top 5 Mysterious and Paranormal Possessions of Derek Acorah
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: Frostmare TV
DEREK ACORAH MAKES A SHOCKING CONFESSION
DEREK ACORAH MAKES A SHOCKING CONFESSION
Published: 2008/10/23
Channel: TR0LL2R0CKS
Derek Acorah Shits Himself
Derek Acorah Shits Himself
Published: 2009/07/14
Channel: The Only Made In Aylesbury
Derek Acorah reveals all about Sam and the new show
Derek Acorah reveals all about Sam and the new show
Published: 2009/05/04
Channel: ODE
Karthik Wants Some Derek Acorah Time | Celebrity Big Brother
Karthik Wants Some Derek Acorah Time | Celebrity Big Brother
Published: 2017/08/02
Channel: Big Brother Catch Up
World famous psychic medium Derek Acorah Investigates Scare Kingdom Scream Park
World famous psychic medium Derek Acorah Investigates Scare Kingdom Scream Park
Published: 2016/10/05
Channel: atmoshorror
Derek Acorah - Possession MHL 2004
Derek Acorah - Possession MHL 2004
Published: 2007/03/01
Channel: 4468
Mary Loves Dick - Most Haunted
Mary Loves Dick - Most Haunted
Published: 2007/03/13
Channel: SupernaturalWorld
Derek Acorah - He
Derek Acorah - He's a fake what Yvette?
Published: 2007/03/13
Channel: SupernaturalWorld
Most Haunted/Derek Acorah - proof of staging
Most Haunted/Derek Acorah - proof of staging
Published: 2013/10/15
Channel: 659061
Derek Acorah Talks Spirits, Skeptics, and Abilities
Derek Acorah Talks Spirits, Skeptics, and Abilities
Published: 2016/07/16
Channel: Men and Motors: Lifestyle Extra
Harry Hill
Harry Hill's TV Burp - Derek Acorah
Published: 2008/05/02
Channel: withaddedmental
Michael Jackson: The Live Seance HILARIOUS!!! Derek Acorah
Michael Jackson: The Live Seance HILARIOUS!!! Derek Acorah
Published: 2009/11/07
Channel: Daniel Stewardson
Louie Savva attacks Derek Acorah
Louie Savva attacks Derek Acorah
Published: 2007/04/20
Channel: mosthauntedvids
interview with Derek Acorah
interview with Derek Acorah
Published: 2017/04/21
Channel: HarlowTelevision
Derek Acorah discusses the OJ Simpson crime scene  | Day 3
Derek Acorah discusses the OJ Simpson crime scene | Day 3
Published: 2017/08/04
Channel: Big Brother UK
Derek Acorah - SRL Reading 2
Derek Acorah - SRL Reading 2
Published: 2009/05/02
Channel: Psychimedia
Derek
Derek's place 3
Published: 2015/04/03
Channel: Derek's place
Derek Acorah Loses his shit
Derek Acorah Loses his shit
Published: 2012/10/12
Channel: Ragingcluetv
Derek Acorah - Behind The Scene
Derek Acorah - Behind The Scene
Published: 2009/03/26
Channel: PSVC2
Derek Acorah
Derek Acorah's clowning about | Day 22
Published: 2017/08/22
Channel: Big Brother UK
Derek Acorah - Home Reading 8 (2000)
Derek Acorah - Home Reading 8 (2000)
Published: 2009/03/27
Channel: PSVC2
Big Brother faker? Derek Acorah
Big Brother faker? Derek Acorah's ex co-host claims spirit skills are all pretend
Published: 2017/08/05
Channel: Lightning News
Derek Acorah
Derek Acorah's cannibal hens! | Day 6
Published: 2017/08/06
Channel: Big Brother UK
Derek Acorah predicts Sarah Harding and Chad Johnson
Derek Acorah predicts Sarah Harding and Chad Johnson's future together| Day 18
Published: 2017/08/19
Channel: Big Brother UK
Derek Acorah Cornwall Channel TV Interview Full 30 mins
Derek Acorah Cornwall Channel TV Interview Full 30 mins
Published: 2013/08/11
Channel: mediasevenproduction
Talent Show Task: Derek Acorah & Karthik Nagesan | Celebrity Big Brother
Talent Show Task: Derek Acorah & Karthik Nagesan | Celebrity Big Brother
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: Big Brother Catch Up
Derek Acorah - SRL Reading 3
Derek Acorah - SRL Reading 3
Published: 2009/05/02
Channel: Psychimedia
Derek Acorah Gets Violent With Yvette Fielding (Most Haunted LIVE)
Derek Acorah Gets Violent With Yvette Fielding (Most Haunted LIVE)
Published: 2013/06/15
Channel: That Southern Girl
Jemma Lucy apologises to Derek Acorah! | Day 20
Jemma Lucy apologises to Derek Acorah! | Day 20
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: Big Brother UK
In the Mind of: Derek Acorah
In the Mind of: Derek Acorah
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: Workington Academy
Derek Acorah - SRL Reading 4
Derek Acorah - SRL Reading 4
Published: 2009/05/02
Channel: Psychimedia
Derek Acorah
Derek Acorah's Best Bits | Celebrity Big Brother 2017
Published: 2017/08/26
Channel: Big Brother UK
Derek acorah  gets possessed
Derek acorah gets possessed
Published: 2006/10/15
Channel: sprucemoose29
Most Haunted & Derek Acorah Documentary
Most Haunted & Derek Acorah Documentary
Published: 2010/12/06
Channel: Spooky5019
Ghost hunting legend Derek Acorah examines ghostly virals
Ghost hunting legend Derek Acorah examines ghostly virals
Published: 2009/04/30
Channel: This Is Genius
Derek Acorah on the meaning of Spirituality
Derek Acorah on the meaning of Spirituality
Published: 2012/01/06
Channel: The Moore Show
Derek Acorah wants to get fit! | Day 14
Derek Acorah wants to get fit! | Day 14
Published: 2017/08/14
Channel: Big Brother UK
Derek Acorah VT | Celebrity Big Brother
Derek Acorah VT | Celebrity Big Brother
Published: 2017/08/01
Channel: Big Brother Catch Up
Derek Acorah - Antiques Ghost Show (2/3)
Derek Acorah - Antiques Ghost Show (2/3)
Published: 2009/03/25
Channel: PSVC2
Derek Acorah - The Three Mediums Theatre Show (1/2)
Derek Acorah - The Three Mediums Theatre Show (1/2)
Published: 2009/03/25
Channel: PSVC2
Derek Acorah Interview | The Russell Brand Show
Derek Acorah Interview | The Russell Brand Show
Published: 2015/05/02
Channel: The Russell Brand Show Archive
Rylan Talks With Derek Acorah | CBB Bit On The Side Live From The House
Rylan Talks With Derek Acorah | CBB Bit On The Side Live From The House
Published: 2017/08/25
Channel: Big Brother Catch Up
Fake Psychic?  Derek Acorah,  a rubbish medium or just an actor?
Fake Psychic? Derek Acorah, a rubbish medium or just an actor?
Published: 2012/09/12
Channel: Ghostly
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Derek Acorah
Derek Acorah 2013 2013-11-21 01-05.jpeg
Derek Acorah, 2013
Born Derek Francis Johnson
(1950-01-27) 27 January 1950 (age 67)
Bootle, England, U.K.
Occupation spiritual medium, author, TV celebrity
Known for Most Haunted, Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns, Granada Breeze, Antiques Ghost Show
Spouse(s) Gwen Acorah (1995 - Present)
Children 2

Derek Acorah (born Derek Francis Johnson on 27 January 1950) describes himself as a spiritual medium.[1] He is best known for his television work on Most Haunted, broadcast on Living TV (2002–2010). He has received a lot of criticism casting doubts over his legitimacy as a medium.[2][3][4]

Career[edit]

Acorah's first appearance was on the satellite TV channel Granada Breeze in 1996. During his five years with the channel, he began with Livetime before later appearing weekly on Psychic Livetime. He also appeared on Predictions which started out as a showcase for various studio guests but later became a vehicle for Acorah alone and renamed Predictions with Derek Acorah.[5][6]

In July 2001, Acorah joined a new British television programme called Haunting Truths. It was subsequently sold to Living and renamed Most Haunted. He worked on the show for six series.

In 2002, Acorah featured in the television series Antiques Ghost Show, and in 2004 he was presented with the Variety Club of Great Britain's Multichannel TV Personality of the Year Award.[7]

Yvette Fielding, a presenter and executive producer of Most Haunted, initially stated "there is no acting on this programme, none whatsoever. Everything you see and you hear is real."[2] However, significant media attention was directed at the show in 2005, after Acorah claimed to channel spirits with names that had allegedly been suggested to him in advance; such as "Rick Eedles" and "Kreed Kafer", which are anagrams of "Derek Lies" and "Derek Faker" respectively.[8][9][10] Speaking in 2006, Fielding said of Acorah "We tell people everything is real, then it turns out he was a fake, so he had to go."[11]

After his 2005 departure from Most Haunted, Acorah filmed a one-off special for LivingTV, Derek Acorah's Quest for Guy Fawkes followed by Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns with Ruggie Media. This programme ran for three series. In 2008, Acorah took part in two series for Sky Real Lives titled Derek Acorah. In November 2009 Acorah featured in Michael Jackson: The Search for His Spirit, in which he was shown attempting to contact the singer's spirit: the programme was named the worst TV programme of 2009 in a poll of more than 9,000 Yahoo! users.[12]

Acorah also made a cameo appearance in the Doctor Who episode "Army of Ghosts".[13][14]

Acorah's other television work includes Celebrity Five Go to..., Harry Hill's TV Burp, Celebrity Quitters and Paranormal Egypt. He has also made appearances on Celebrity Juice, Loose Lips (TV series), Richard and Judy, Bo' Selecta!, Brainiac: Science Abuse, The Paul O'Grady Show, The Weakest Link and Loose Women as well as a cameo in the 2011 film Big Fat Gypsy Gangster.[15] In 2017 Derek played a small role in forthcoming UK horror comedy Crispys Curse.[16] On 9 March 2011 Acorah took part in a live online seance hosted by The Sun.[17]

In May 2012, Acorah claimed to have received a psychic message from Madeleine McCann via a 'spirit guide', stating that the child had died some time ago but would soon be reincarnated.[18] After widespread media outrage, Acorah used the same newspaper to publish an apology to McCann's parents.[18][19]

In December 2015, Derek Acorah, alongside Sean Reynolds and Rebecca Palmer launched their new 12-part television show entitled The Past Hunters:[20] the show rated No. 1 during the week December 21 to December 27, 2015 on the network YourTV's viewing figures [21]

Throughout 2017, Derek has toured the UK and Norway on his "Whispers from Heaven" psychic tour. He competed in the twentieth series of Celebrity Big Brother.[22][23] Derek left the house on the final night in fourth place.

Personal life[edit]

Born Derek Johnson in Bootle, he is known professionally as Derek Acorah.[24] He lives in Scarisbrick near Southport, in North West England.[25] As a young man, Acorah was on the books of Liverpool FC during the Bill Shankly era but was released by the club without playing a first team game. He carried on playing at other clubs and finished his football career in Australia.[26]

Acorah together with his wife Gwen is a patron for the charity Pathfinder Guide Dog Programme, a registered charity which provides seeing dogs for blind people.[27]

In March 2014 he was convicted of driving without due care and attention and failing to provide a breath sample following a car crash. Acorah had failed a roadside breath test but refused to give the required sample at a police station. He was banned from driving for 28 months and fined £1,000.[28][29]

Parody[edit]

Shirley Ghostman was a parody drawing on elements of Derek Acorah and Colin Fry and he invaded one of Acorah's shows[30].

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Psychic World of Derek Acorah: Discover How to Develop Your Hidden Powers – Derek Acorah with John G. Sutton, Piatkus Books, 2003
  • 'The Psychic Adventures of Derek Acorah: Star of TV's "Most Haunted", Element Books 2004
  • Ghost Hunting with Derek Acorah – Derek Acorah, Element Books, 2005
  • Most Haunted: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Guide – Yvette Fielding, Derek Acorah, 2005
  • Haunted Britain – Derek Acorah, Harper Element, 2006
  • Haunted Britain and Ireland – by Derek Acorah
  • Ghost Towns – Derek Acorah, Harper Element, 2006
  • Derek Acorah's Haunted!'
  • Derek Acorah – Amazing Psychic Stories'
  • Derek Acorah – Extreme Psychic'

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Derek Acorah - Psychic Medium". Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Bainton, Roy (2013-01-17). The Mammoth Book of Unexplained Phenomena: From Bizarre Biology to Inexplicable Astronomy. Constable & Robinson Ltd. pp. 120–. ISBN 9781780337968. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  3. ^ French, Dan (9 November 2009). "Derek Acorah responds to séance criticism". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Matt Roper (28 October 2005). "Spooky Truth: TV's Most Haunted Con Exposed". The Mirror. Retrieved 7 May 2007. 
  5. ^ "Celebrity Quitters - Channel 5". Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Ludden, Ken. Mystic Apprentice Volume 5: Psychic Skills. p. 271. ISBN 9781105023552. 
  7. ^ Celebrity medium Derek Acorah – Entertainment – getreading – Reading Post. getreading (15 April 2010). Retrieved on 2012-05-16.
  8. ^ Catchpole, Charlie (4 April 2005). "More mystery on Most Haunted". The Express – via LexisNexis. 
  9. ^ Chalmers, Robert (10 July 2005). "He sees dead people". Independent on Sunday – via LexisNexis. 
  10. ^ Nevin, Charles (2005-08-26). "Psychic Derek - Charles Nevin meets Derek Acorah". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  11. ^ Ellis, James (2006-10-30). "60 SECONDS: Yvette Fielding". the Metro. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  12. ^ "Michael Jackson: The Live Seance voted worst television programme - Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  13. ^ 1972-, Smith?, Robert J. (Robert Joseph),. Who is the doctor : the unofficial guide to Doctor Who, the new series. p. 115. ISBN 9781550229844. OCLC 905080310. 
  14. ^ Mark, Campbell, (2011-01-01). "177". A brief guide to Doctor Who. Constable & Robinson Ltd. ISBN 9781849018869. OCLC 813165346. 
  15. ^ Derek Acorah on IMDb
  16. ^ "Crispy's Curse (2017)". www.imdb.com. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  17. ^ "Acorah webchat with the dead". The Sun website. London. 7 March 2011. 
  18. ^ a b "TV psychic Derek Acorah apologises for 'Maddie is dead' claim". The Daily Telegraph. 2012-05-16. 
  19. ^ "I didn't say Madeleine McCann was dead claims TV psychic Derek Acorah as he says no-one can know where she is". Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "A Christmas seance – we discover why NOW is the spookiest time of year". 9 December 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-30. 
  22. ^ Pocklington, Rebecca (11 May 2017). "TV psychic Derek Acorah signs up for CBB joining all-star line-up in explosive summer series". The Sun. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  23. ^ Kelly, Helen (20 August 2017). "Celebrity Big Brother 2017: Derek brands Sarah ‘out of control’ in shock nomination". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  24. ^ BBC (8 December 2013). "BBC News - Derek Acorah charged after Southport car crash". BBC Online. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "The Scarisbrick psychic on show in Liverpool - Derek Acorah speaks". Southport Visiter. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  26. ^ Football
  27. ^ Fanning, Gary (21 June 2014). "TV psychic Derek Acorah visits Pathfinder Guide Dogs' shop in Hamilton". Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  28. ^ Waddington, Marc (12 March 2014). "TV psychic Derek Acorah given a two-year driving ban following high speed crash". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  29. ^ "Derek Acorah banned from driving after Southport crash". BBC News. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  30. ^ http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2016/09/30/25901/watch_shirley_ghostman_invade_derek_acorahs_stage

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