Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World – 1980 – Yorkshire Television

From: Andrew Johnson

Date: 2013-03-21 10:19:22

I wanted to see if the programme with the Mitchell Hedges Skull (which some may remember featured very prominently in the opening titles, along with a captivating theme tune) was available on YouTube – it was – and someone has posted very good quality uploads of the 13 half-hour Episodes from this well made Yorkshire Television series – narrated by former ITN News Reader Gordon Honeycombe.   Although over 30 years old now, there is still good information here – and Clarke, who does perhaps know more than he lets on, adds gravitas to the presentations.   It may quickly disappear off YouTube, as it’s only recently been posted.…   Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World is a thirteen part British television series looking at unexplained phenomena from around the world. It was produced by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network and first broadcast in September 1980.Each program is introduced and book-ended by science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke in short sequences filmed in Sri Lanka. The bulk of the episodes are narrated by Gordon Honeycombe. The series was produced by John Fanshawe, John Fairley and directed by Peter Jones, Michael Weigall and Charles Flynn. It also featured a unique soundtrack composed by British artist Alan Hawkshaw.In 1981, Book Club Associates published a hardcover book with the same name, authored by Fairley and Welfare, where the contents of the show were further explored. It featured an introduction written by Clarke as well as his remarks at the end of each chapter or topic. In 1985, a paperback of this book was released by HarperCollins Publishers.The series was followed by Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers in 1985 and Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious Universe in 1994.     Information from topdocumentaryfilms….   The Journey Begins. This episode introduces the themes that are explored in the remainder of the series. Monsters of the Deep. Including the Giant squid, giant octopus and megamouth shark. Ancient Wisdom. This show is concerned with technology from history that was either ahead of its time and subsequently forgotten, or artifacts which are mysteries in themselves. The Missing Apeman. This episode is divided equally between considering evidence for the Bigfoot and Yeti. Giants for the Gods. About the Cerne Abbas giant, Nazca lines and others. Monsters of the Lakes. Including Nessie, Ogopogo. The Great Siberian Explosion. This episode investigated the cause of the Tunguska event. The Riddle of the Stones. Newgrange and other megalithic structures, such as Stonehenge, Avebury. Out of the Blue. Discussing ice falls, frog falls etc. U.F.O.s. Including the Robert Taylor incident and an interview with Kenneth Arnold. Dragons, Dinosaurs and Giant Snakes. Including Mokele-mbembe, giant anaconda, Ameranthropoides loysi as well as sightings and excavations of animals such as the moa and the woolly mammoth. Strange Skies. Including lost planets such as Vulcan, the Martian canals, the identity of the Star of Bethlehem etc. Clarke’s Cabinet of Curiosities. A collection of unrelated subjects and a summing up – including the sailing stones of Death Valley, the alma, entombed toads, ball lightning in-which physicist James Tuck appears.

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