Thursday, August 05, 2004

The Big Picture: Britain's X-Files
8:30pm Wednesday, 11 August 2004
ABC Channel 2 The Big Picture will be showing a documentary called "Britan's X Files" next Wednesday night.

"Exclusive new research reveals for the first time, the truth behind
the numerous UFO sightings reported in Britain between 1950 and 2000
and examines why the Government refused to admit it was undertaking
investigations into them. Britain's X-Files screens Wednesday, 11
August at 8.30pm on ABC TV."

"In 1950, a spate of UFO sightings by RAF pilots inspired the British
government to set up the top-secret Flying Saucer Working Party. In
1952, UFOs re-appeared over southern England and sensationally, over
the White House in Washington. As panic escalated, Winston Churchill
demanded to know what was going on and the Ministry of Defence set up a
permanent UFO Investigation Unit. We now know that over the next 50
years, the government unit secretly investigated and dismissed hundreds
of UFO sightings."

"Why did it take so many years for the government to admit its
activities? This film travels back in time to examine the political
climate in the early 1950s.The government's policy of official secrecy
was in line with that of the American government and this strengthened
the public belief in a global cover-up of the existence of aliens. But
could their intention have been different? Was their aim in fact to
disguise the fear that gripped top politicians and military personnel
both sides of the Atlantic, that the Russians had developed a powerful
new fighter aircraft? And could the sudden appearance of UFOs over
Britain have been a consequence of this Cold War paranoia, rather than
aliens visiting Earth?"

"Features eye witness accounts and interviews with former Flying Saucer
Working Party
members to examine whether rational explanations stand up
to scrutiny."

Produced by Mike Wadding
Series editor: John Farren