Tina Baker is a Broadcaster, Journalist and a leading British soap opera and TV critic. However, she is probably best known for appearing on ITV’s reality TV show Celebrity Fit Club in 2005 where she lost a total of 35 pounds (16 kg).
In 2005 Tina took part in the UK ITV series ‘Have I been here before?’ hosted by Phillip Schofield. In this series celebrities had the chance to be regressed to a past life by Hypnotherapist Andrea Foulkes. Their past life experiences are then investigated by Jules Hudson, a historian and archaeologist, to see if these accounts can very verified.
Speaking before the regression she said, “I am open to all of this kind of stuff. I have been hypnotised several times for Celebrity Fit Club. And ended up blubbing every time and that was just my life, let alone a past life”.
Tina was regressed to the year 1880 and was an interesting older lady called Miranda who lived in Surrey, England. Interestingly when she was regressed she took on the character and voice of Miranda and spoke in her voice.
Miranda lives in a large house with a conservatory full of plants. She has a Housekeeper and a Garden Boy who she has to instruct what to do. She had always had an interest in plants and crops and has a conservatory she is very proud of. She is a widow, her husband, Arthur having past. She married at the age of 24, Arthur was only 23.
They had three daughters. Tabitha is the eldest and lives in London, while Mary the middle one lives in Scotland. They both married well, their husbands being good men with position. She was concerned about Tabitha as she “leads her husband a life” and she senses he may not be faithful to him. She doesn’t really like Tabitha’s husband and calls him “the buffoon” because of his “Whiskers and red face and big pot belly”.
She then experiences her death bed. Her daughters are crying and don’t want her to go. But she knows it’s time and when reflecting on her life says that she was a true lady, but regrets not dancing, laughing and loving more.
When Jules investigates the account he agrees that this is the life a typical well to do Victorian lady, especially given her interest in plants and gardens. Also, the style of the dress Miranda was wearing is accurate for the period.
About the regression she said, “When I was Miranda, I felt physically taller, I was very stately and I felt different in my body is all I could describe it as”.
Tina reflects on how in contrast she knows very little about plants and gardening in this life, having only a small garden at her home on London. Also, that her life and personality is not at all like the haughty, prim and proper, Miranda. She said, “I think she was almost like the flip side. You know if you had two sides to a coin, she would be the flip side of me. She was an older, very aristocratic lady”.
Finally, when asked if she thought she had been here before, she said, “Yes. I think we have all been here before. That’s my intuition. But I can’t prove it and you will never prove it to the sceptics. But it’s good enough for me”.