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Nobody’s House

“NOBODY” WAS the eponymous spook in this, ITV’s proto-RENTAGHOST palaver. Contemporary family move into “Cornerstones”, a house that sits on the site of a Victorian workhouse, and rouse the spirit of an orphan ragamuffin who died there. Only the kids, Gillian and Tom, get to see him, of course. Much amusement deriving from scripted misunderstandings, no doubt (“Nobody’s there”, “Nobody’s hungry”, “Nobody’s watching ITV”, etc.) and strange behaviour of inanimate Chromakey-powered objects when troublemaking ghosts drop by. Ended with the exorcism of one such sinister spectre, Silver Ned. Mainly remembered for the way in which Nobody (KEVIN MORETON) appeared or disappeared, pulling on his ragged necktie. Which is totally different from holding your nose and jumping, isn’t it?

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  1. Iain

    April 10, 2010 at 4:17 am

    I was five when this was on and it used to scare the c*** out of me. I’m now 39 and I still get the shivers when I remember it.

  2. Mikael

    April 23, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Man alive! I’m 40 and suddenly happened to think of this series a few weeks ago! I remembered the story, that is – the haunted house, the exorcist etc. Too bad I hadn’t memorized its name, neither in English or in Finnish.

    Today I’ve devoted one hour after work to googling and browsing through endless lists of British children’s shows from the 70s … and found what I was looking for. Oh joy!

    Nobody’s House was aired on Finnish TV sometimes in 1979-80. It was a part of the Saturday afternoon “children’s package”, together with The Famous Five, Happy Days and a number of other shows.

    Greetings from Helsinki!

  3. 3 Stix Van Jammers

    September 1, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Wow!!! I’ve been trying to find the name of this show for almost 30yrs!! I was born in 1972 and hav only a very vague memory of this but distinctly remember the boy wit the scarf ‘teleporting’ haha 😀 no1 else I pestered wit my description knew wot I was talkin about… Made my day! How sad lol

  4. Mike Phelps

    February 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I was 12 twelve when it was shown on ITV in 1976. For better or worse, they don’t make’em like that any more.

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