Strange but True?

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Strange, but true? was a British supernatural documentary television series, presented by Michael Aspel, which explored supernatural phenomena and unexplained mysteries. It was produced by LWT and broadcast in the United Kingdom on ITV between 1993 and 1997. A pilot episode in May 1993 proved extremely popular, and led to four series, including the third which was given the title of Strange, but true? encounters. It achieved viewing figures of up to 12 million in the UK alone.

The series explored a number of aspects of unexplained activity, from ghosts and poltergeists, to near death experiences, vampires and aliens. One episode featured an apparent communication from aliens in the year 2109. Other episodes featured phenomena including "phantom hitchhikers" and 11th-century monks in haunted castles. The live episode in June 1997 was screened to mark the 50 years anniversary of the Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting – the case from where the term 'Flying saucer' first entered popular vocabulary. The story consultant for Strange, but true? was Jenny Randles.

In 1994, a companion book of the same name was released, authored by Peter A. Hough and Jenny Randles, ISBN 0-7499-1459-9. A sequel, Strange, but true? casebook, was authored in 1995 by Jenny Randles, ISBN 0-7499-1558-7.

Episodes[edit]

Series Episode (s) Name Air date
1 1 UFO sightings/Reincarnation
(see Zigmund Adamski & Jenny Cockell)
21 May 1993
(pilot)
2 Chris Robinson's premonitions/Pete the poltergeist 28 October 1994
3 Bonnybridge/Robert Taylor incident/Painless Penny 4 November 1994
4 Dover Castle/Lorraine Ham – The psychic healer 11 November 1994
5 Nella Jones – Crime solving psychic/Millboro (past lives) 18 November 1994
6 Heaven and back (Near death experiences)/Borley rectory 25 November 1994
7 Stocksbridge bypass/Angels 2 December 1994
8 The Rendlesham incident 9 December 1994
2 9 Faith healer/Past memories 8 September 1995
10 Time slip/Haunted trawler 15 September 1995
11 Pet healers/Muncaster Castle 22 September 1995
12 Miracles 29 September 1995
13 Cursed stone/Phantom hitch-hiker 6 October 1995
14 Dowsing/Near death experience 13 October 1995
15 Enfield poltergeist 20 October 1995
16 The Jim twins/Flitwick ghost 27 October 1995
17 Etta Smith 3 November 1995
18 UFOs – Pilots/UFOs – Kaikoura lights 10 November 1995
3 19 Venetian Palace incident 30 August 1996
20 Cornish sea monster/Exorcist's story 6 September 1996
21 Past life/Pluckley – The most haunted village in England 13 September 1996
22 Gulf breeze UFO incident 20 September 1996
23 Paranormal on camera/Ghost planes of the peaks 27 September 1996
24 Chingle Hall/Psychic detective Part 1 4 October 1996
25 Psychic detective Parts 2 and 3 11 October 1996
26 Life beyond death/The haunted bomber 18 October 1996
27 Alien abduction 25 October 1996
28 Psychic pets/The mystery of dark peak 1 November 1996
29 Strange, but true? – Special live episode! 27 June 1997
4 30 Paranormal on camera/Twin co-incidences 5 September 1997
31 Littlecote House/Skiers on Bavarian alps 12 September 1997
32 Remote viewing (David Morehouse) 19 September 1997
33 The Falkirk triangle/Beast of Durham – The Fishburn puma 26 September 1997
34 John Rapheal (Past life)/Premonitions 2 October 1997
35 The curse of Tutankhamun 9 October 1997
36 Lucid dreams/Psychic children 16 October 1997
37 Bigfoot/Ouija boards 23 October 1997
38 The galway poltergeist 30 October 1997
39 Andrew Green the ghostbuster/Psychic pets 7 November 1997

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