Danny Robins on Uncanny: “I never really asked, do ghosts exist. The question is, what are ghosts?”

The supernatural podcast and TV show host tells Den of Geek about his relationship with ghosts.

Danny Robins with Heather in ep 3 of Uncanny
Uncanny Case Three: The Oxford Exorcism,Danny Robins & Heather,BBC Studios,BBC Studios Photo: BBC Studios

It might sound strange but the concept of hauntings – ghosts, poltergeists, strange phenomena – are something of a comfort to Danny Robins, the British writer, broadcaster and journalist behind the highly successful podcasts Haunted, The Battersea Poltergeist, The Witch Farm and Uncanny, the latter of which is now also a three part show which aired on BBC 2, now available on BBC iPlayer. Created during the pandemic, Robins’ foray into supernatural podcasting felt, well, natural.

Battersea Poltergeist was the first time where I just felt like I was really myself on tape,” he tells Den of Geek. “I just felt it was like a deliciously refreshing invigorating thing to just completely be yourself, to make something that you really desperately care about.”

If that level of care and enthusiasm is apparent from the podcasts (it is), then it’s even more so in the show, where Robins investigates a story over the course of an hour, consulting with experts both skeptical and credulous, and conducting his own experiments in attempts to recreate what may or may not be supernatural phenomena.

Robins is a believer, though he’s never seen a ghost himself, he is desperate to do so. But that’s not to say that his show has an agenda, or indeed an internal logic about what a ghost actually is.


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