Fortean TV

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Fortean TV
Directed byLuke Campbell
StarringLionel Fanthorpe
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes22 (+ Xmas Special)
Running time22 minutes
Original networkChannel 4
Original release29 January 1997 (1997-01-29) –
19 December 1998 (1998-12-19)

Fortean TV was a British paranormal documentary television series that originally aired from 29 January 1997 (1997-01-29) to 6 March 1998 (1998-03-06) on Channel 4. Produced by Rapido TV, the program features anomalous phenomena and the paranormal. It was based upon the Fortean Times magazine and was presented by Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe. Fortean TV ran for 3 series (the third was an adult version renamed Fortean TV Uncut with unseen material from the previous two series as well as new items). The three seasons comprised: 22 half-hour episodes (the last of the first season was a compilation "Best Of"), plus a final hour-long family Christmas special.[1][2]

Series 1 contained 9 unique episodes, broadcast on Wednesday evenings (29 January – 26 March 1997), with a final tenth "Best Of" the following week to round off the season (Wednesday, 2 April 1997).

Series 2 contained 8 unique episodes, beginning again the following January, broadcast now on Friday evenings (16 January – 6 March 1998).

Fortean TV Uncut – a short four-episode adult spin-off series with unseen material from the previous two series as well as new items – immediately followed (beginning less than a week after the second series had finished), now back on Wednesday evenings (11 March – 1 April 1998).

The show concluded with a Christmas Special at the end of that year entitled Xmas Files (Saturday 19 December 1998).[3]

The show's theme tune was Danny's Inferno by The Three Suns.


  1. ^ Fortean TV, Unexplained Mysteries (2007-05-27)
  2. ^ Fortean TV, British Film Institute (2007-05-27)
  3. ^ Fortean TV Uncut, British Film Institute (2007-05-27)

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