Last Night’s TV – Psychic Sally: On the Road

by Lynn Connolly

I’ve heard quite a lot about Sally Morgan, but until I stumbled across this show on Living TV last night, I’d never actually seen her.

I was channel flicking as there was a distinct lack of anything to watch last night, unless you’re into celebs on ice skates, and I’m not, so when a judicious flick brought the opening titles of this show, I settled down to watch it.

My first impressions of Sally were that she looks and acts rather like Dawn French. Granted the physical appearance of the two isn’t overly striking, but when on stage, Sally adopted a rather strange tone of voice which most definitely did remind me of French when, as the Vicar of Dibley, she was explaining something to Verger Alice. For example, how Alice hadn’t in fact given birth to the son of God when she had a baby girl on Christmas Eve.

And therefore, whenever Sally used that tone of voice, I half expected her to say something very funny rather than pass on messages from dearly departed loved ones to the audience members.

But other than that, another thing that struck me about Sally was her endearing ordinariness. So many TV psychics try to secure their place in the public consciousness by adopting a ‘thing’. For some it’s zany hair or clothes or a catchphrase, but Sally didn’t do any of that, and it made a pleasant change.

As the show opened, we heard – and saw – that Sally’s face was swollen due to an abscess on a tooth, and she really did look in pain. I’ve had several and remember the horror well, so I felt for her as she went on stage and tried to carry on her live show without resorting to whispers – it hurts less if you don’t open your mouth wide.

And I have to say, some of her purported contacts with ‘the other side’ were quite amazingly accurate, if the recipients of those esoteric messages are to be believed, and I see no reason to disbelieve them.

For instance, during one live show, Sally said she had the names Rosie Morgan and Cole in her head. Rosie Morgan was her sister-in-law’s name, and as she’d died, Sally thought for a few moments that it may be her, but it turned out to be a message for a very nervous chap near the back.

His name was Cole and his mother’s name was Rosie Morgan.

To hit upon actual names – and not terribly common ones – is something that I tend to look for when assessing the believability of a psychic.

There are many of course who’ll pick rather common names such as Bob, or “I’ve got a Jean here…” and oftentimes, a middle-aged woman will tearfully stake claim to Jean and the psychic can then suggest Jean is the audience member’s mum…

And so it goes on; educated guesses and likelihood form a good part of the fake psychic’s armoury, but several times, very specific names and incidents formed part of Sally’s live shows.

There were also looks at two of her private ‘readings’, one of which was for a man who Sally – refreshingly unadorned with stage make-up and looking like a lovely cuddly mum – correctly passed on a mental image she had of someone being locked in a cupboard. The subject of the reading broke down and said, “That’s me”.

Now assuming that Sally had no prior knowledge of this man, then that was a remarkably on-target reading. After all, it’s not – one hopes – a very common occurrence for a child to be locked in a cupboard.

Sally also held a private audience with Ricky Whittle – the fit one from Hollyoaks – and rather startlingly told him that she saw “four sons” in his life; three in the future and one in ‘spirit’. The one in spirit was, Sally said, the result of a termination some five years earlier.

If Ricky knew about that, he didn’t let on, but I’d give my right nut – if I had nuts, and I don’t – to know if it’s true. Not out of nosiness about Ricky but in order to verify the veracity of the point.

Sally also told Ricky that he’d be off to Broadway and that a woman called Shirley was going to be important in his life. Ricky then revealed that a lady called Shirley – who is a bigwig in the world of dance apparently – had indeed invited him to explore career options in America.

Overall, I have to say, I left this programme with an admiration for Sally. She does seem to be genuine, and she’s clearly a very human and humane celeb who gives affection and kindness freely. And when the bereaved are your livelihood, those are character traits that are most definitely plus points.

So what do you think of Sally Morgan? And have you ever been to one of her live shows and received a message? If so, please do let us know!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.