BBC Seeks Stories & Contributors for a Discovery TV Show

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The BBC is making a TV show about strange phenomena for air on the Discovery Channel in the USA later this year. The show will be charting strange events which have happened during 2001 and putting these in their historical context. We will be taking an objective view at strange occurrences and so are wanting to hear from sceptics and believers alike.

Themes to be covered include

Chupacabra
Ghosts
Loch Ness and other lake monsters
Lost civilisations
Sasquatch and Yeti
Strange coincidences
Strange weather
Urban myths
Vampires

but please note this list is not exhaustive and we are interested in any other subjects of relevance.

We are particular interested in
n Witnesses to strange events and possible sources of footage
n Anyone involved in professional investigations of such phenomena
n Anyone able to give an alternative perspective on the phenomena such as scientific explanations (e.g. mistaken identity or possible scientific ‘truth’) and psychological reasons for continuing belief in myths (e.g. mass hysteria, social ‘escapism’)
n Anyone able to give historical and cultural context to the stories.

Please note that we will be giving each of the subjects a fair hearing, weighing up both sides of the argument. We will neither be overtly sensationalist nor overtly cynical. For example, when dealing with the Yeti we will analyse the possibility of its existence suggesting that although the habitat seems unable to support an unknown primate historical records and recent DNA evidence suggest this reasoning may be ill founded.

If you are able to help in anyway (e.g. have been a witness, know of relevant experts, have access to footage) I’d be grateful if you could get in touch. Although this is an American programme I’m happy to hear from anyone worldwide.

I can be contacted at the following address: [email protected]
 

SoundDust

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Did anyone contact her then (and was the programme another "oooh, weirdos who believe in little green men" type show)?
 

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There were a few private messages flashing about, like people nudging
one another at the thought of being on tv or nominating each other. Come to
think of it, there was at least one other tv researcher who made a similar
request.

But the failure to mention any kind of fee suggests they were looking for
punters rather than contributors. The fact that this researcher, having
found the Message Board, couldn't be bothered to read it or follow up
any of the subjects also tended to cast some doubt on the seriousness
of the show. And we've all seen quite enough bad Fortean programmes.
:(
 
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