Alternative 3

  |  Watch Now: 19/04/2012
  |  52 min
Rated PG by the BBFC


In 1977 Anglia Television broadcast a programme called Alternative 3, which purported to show evidence of life on a scientific colony on Mars and how scientists were being shipped to the planet. By the time the programme had finished the switchboard at ITV was jammed, partly by callers alarmed at the end of life on earth as we know it and partly by viewers, recognising the programme as a hoax, ringing to blame the channel of being irresponsible. At the time the filmmakers were unrepentant at the furore that met their programme stating that the message from the film is that people should analyse what they see and hear on TV or radio. 30 years later however, life on Mars is not as outrageous a statement as it once was.