Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World

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.

In January 2008 the original series was released on DVD in the UK by Network and Granada. It features all of the 13 original episodes unedited and remastered in Digital Quality.

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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