Martin Roberts recalls preventing injury for cameraman
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Martin Roberts, 56, revealed he was left extremely spooked after an incident in a haunted house on Homes Under The Hammer, while he was mid-interview with the new buyers. The property hadn’t been lived in since the previous owner died there, and it was teaming with security cameras, which already had them on edge.
A couple of times in 17 years have I been well freaked out in a property
During a tell-all chat about the show with super fan Mo Gilligan, the BBC star admitted he was left “freaked out” after a light bulb seemingly flew across the room in front of him, the camera man and the new owners of the house.
“People have bought properties that they’ve actually knocked down because they’ve been haunted,” he told the comedian.
“We’ve had some really interesting [moments].”
He revealed that only a couple of times in the 17 years he’s worked on the show has he been left wondering whether the supernatural does exist and proceeded to detail one encounter that left him horrified.
“The house was spooky, it had ivy coming in through the windows and obviously hadn’t been lived in for a while.
“It had all these security cameras everywhere and it turns out the guy who lived there was a bit of a Howard Hughs type of character and obviously he didn’t like the idea of us being there in his house.”
Howard Hughs was an American business magnate, better known for his eccentricities, especially his reclusiveness.
Martin revealed that they were filming the interview when they were taken by surprise as a light bulb suddenly dropped from the celling lamp.
“He had died in the house and half way through the interview with the new owners – I’m not joking – there was a pendant light on the ceiling and the bulb dropped off.
“But instead of falling directly underneath it, it landed three feet away.”
Mo gasped as the presenter added: “It fell sideways!
“We finished that interview very quickly!”
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Martin also detailed the time he saved his cameraman from stepping on an upturned needle buried in a rundown garden.
The recollection came after Mo asked him about why the gardens are always so “derelict”, wondering if the film crews had ever come across anything dodgy in the undergrowth of the overgrown lawns and hedges.
The host giggled as one memory sprung to mind: “Supposedly before they go to auction, they’re cleaned up,” he said, referring to the property and any land that comes with it.
“Someone’s supposed to go in there and sort that out, but in this case they hadn’t.”
He went on: “You can imagine the way we film it – I’m walking and the cameraman is walking backwards to be able to film me.
“And on one occasion as he was walking backwards and as I was talking, I just happened to glance down and he was just about to step on an upturned needle!”
Mo gasped as Martin shrieked.
“I was like, ‘No!'” he shook his head
“Imagine the scariness of that.”
Homes Under The Hammer airs weekdays at 10am on BBC One.
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