AUTHOR AN BROADCASTER
Richard Jones has been researching and writing about the ghosts of Britain and Ireland for thirty years, and he pioneered such popular London tours as The Jack the Ripper Walk and the London Ghost Walk. He has been devising and conducting haunted tours since 1982.
For Halloween 2012 he was commissioned by the Sunday Express to select the top ten haunted locations in Britain and he also appeared with Michaela Strachan on Great British Ghosts on the Yesterday TV Channel.
For Halloween 2003 Richard was contracted to select the top 13 haunted sites in London for the Mayor of London's Totally London campaign.
In 2004 he was contracted by Strongbow cider to choose the top 10 haunted pubs in Britain as part of their 'Bitter Sweet' campaign.
He is widely acknowledged as the best ghost walk guide in London with a track record that, literally, speaks for itself.
GHOST BOOK AUTHOR
Richard is the author of numerous best selling books, the majority of which are about the ghosts of Britain and Ireland. These are Walking Haunted London (1999); Haunted Britain and Ireland (2001); Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland (2002); Haunted Inns of Britain and Ireland (2004); Haunted London (2004); Haunted Houses of Britain and Ireland (2005; History and Mystery Walks of London (2007); History and Mystery Walks of Edinburgh (2009); and Haunted Britain (2010).
His other books are Memorable Walks In London, first published in 1994 and now in its 6th edition; England’s Favorite Cities; (1995); Walking Dickensian London (2003); Myths and Legends of Britain and Ireland (2002); That’s Magic (2001); Mystical Britain and Ireland (2005); Uncovering Jack the Ripper’s London (2007) and Jack the Ripper:- The Casebook (2008).
In addition he has written guides to Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Stratford, Bath, Chester, Dublin, plus as The Ring of Kerry and Dingle on Ireland’s west coast.
He is also the webmaster for the internationally acclaimed website Haunted Britain and Ireland, a region by region guide to the Haunted places of the UK and Ireland.
FREQUENTLY SEEN ON BRITISH TELEVISION.
As well as his prolific writing output, Richard is also a regular guest on British television programmes. He has appeared on BBC1’s Breakfast News discussing the ghosts of Hampton Court Palace, the history and cultural significance of Halloween, and the ghosts of Britain and Ireland. He appeared on ITV’s This Morning, where he discussed the authenticity of the Hampton Court ghost caught on CCTV in October 2004.
He was featured on Channel Five’s Divine Designs discussing the impact that the Jack the Ripper murders had on the Spitalfields area, and even appeared on BBC 1’s Blue Peter on Halloween 2004, on which programme he told the chilling tale of the Bank Nun, for which he even received a coveted Blue Peter badge!
He has appeared several times on the capital’s main news programme London Tonight, leading many a reporter into the darker side of London's history to discuss the most haunted spots in the metropolis.
On Halloween 2006 he appeared on BBC Breakfast News to discuss the origins and history of Halloween.
In October 2009 he wrote and presented a tour of a haunted London house for Derren Brown's Science of Scam.
MOST HAUNTED LIVE
On New Years Eve 2003 Richard joined the team on Living TV’s hugely successful Most Haunted Live as one of the programme's resident historians. He went on to appear on nine Most Haunted Lives where he had first hand experience of investigations in places as diverse as an old World War 11 RAF base in Snowdonia; Pendle Hill in Lancashire; Derby Gaol; Elstree Film and Television Studios; Berry Pomeroy Castle in Devon (by his own admission one of the most chilling places Richard ever went to); and the National Coal Mining Museum in Barnsley.
Subject wise he has helped research the history of a wide range of characters whom the programme has covered, these include highwayman Dick Turpin, Witch-finder General Matthew Hopkins, and even William Shakespeare.
A REGULAR GUEST ON INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION
Richard has also appeared on the History Channel’s Haunted History:- London Special, for which programme he also acted as locations and historical adviser.
He braved the horrors inside the most haunted house in London (50 Berkeley Square) for the programme Haunted London, making him the only ghost walk guide in the capital to have been allowed inside the haunted room of this legendary house after night fall!
He was also interviewed for the Travel Channel’s Haunted Hotels. He appears on the DVD that accompanies the Johnny Depp film From Hell, discussing the legend and the identity of Jack the Ripper.
He was a presenter for the History Channel’s The Hunt For Jack the Ripper, in which capacity he took viewers around the Jack the Ripper murder sites.
He performed a similar role on the Travel Channel's It Happened Here Jack the Ripper programme.
Other television credits include The Discovery Channel’s Giants, Friend or Foe? On which he told the tale of London’s legendary giants Gog and Magog, and for which he also travelled to St Michaels Mount in Cornwall, to tell the story of Jack the Giant Killer.
He was interviewed for the History Channel’s XY Factor programmes Sex in World War Two and Sex in the Cold War (discussing the historical aspects before you ask!), and on March 30th 2005 he appeared on the History Channel’s Conquerors, discussing the events leading up to, and significance of, the Norman Conquest of 1066.
He also wrote and presented the drama documentary Unmasking Jack the Ripper, which Ripperologist magazine hailed as “probably the best…[Jack the Ripper]… documentary to be released in recent years.”
He recently (2012) appeared on Michaela Strachan's Great British Ghosts and, during the 2012 Olympics, he presented the Travel Channel's Hidden London and Haunted London specials.
On Christmas Eve 2014 he appared on Channel 5's The 50 Greates Christmas Films Ever talking about various film versions of Charles Dickens's all time classic A Christmas Carol.
In February 2015 he started work on a series of London Ghost Stories some of which are now available on our dedicated Ghost TV channel.