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Re: The British UFO Files - Pope

From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 21:52:57 +0100
Fwd Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 08:28:01 -0400
Subject: Re: The British UFO Files - Pope


Channel Five have just shown a new UFO documentary, entitled The
British UFO Files. As you would expect from the title, the show
featured a number of the UK's most intriguing UFO incidents, and
also looked at the way in which they were investigated by the
Ministry of Defence.

The documentary started by looking at claims that the Nazis had
been working on circular craft with exotic propulsion systems,
and that this technology was subsequently used in the
development of various aeronautical projects. Kevin McClure and
Mark Birdsall, editor of Eye Spy Magazine, spoke about these
claims. There was reference to foo fighters, Project Blue Book
and the setting up of the Flying Saucer Working Party in 1950.
This latter item was part of a wider theme running through the
documentary, examining the government's policy on UFOs, and its
handling of investigations. I was interviewed about this, and my
comments were used extensively, throughout the show.

The 1952 sighting involving RAF pilot Michael Swiney and his
Royal Navy student David Crofts was featured, and formed a major
part of the documentary, with both witnesses being interviewed.
Interest expressed by the Duke of Edinburgh and Earl Mountbatten
was covered, and Lady Pamela Hicks (Mountbatten's daughter) gave
an interesting account of how the alleged landing of a UFO at
Broadlands in 1955 was apparently made up by a man who was late
for work, and used the excuse of a UFO encounter to explain his
absence, playing on Mountbatten's well-known interest in the
subject.  Also covered was the extraordinary account of royal
equerry Sir Peter Horsley's meeting with a mysterious individual
called Mr Janus, who appeared to be able to read his mind, and
knew all Britain's nuclear secrets.

There was discussion of the 'Charlton Crater' case from 1963,
when Army bomb disposal experts investigated a site where a UFO
was thought to have crashed or landed. And of course no British
UFO documentary would be complete without mention of Winston
Churchill's 1952 memo on UFOs, and a look at the Rendlesham
Forest incident, with comments from Charles Halt and Georgina

Former Chief of the Defence Staff Lord Hill-Norton, who died on
16 May, had been interviewed, and appeared a number of times,
commenting on the Duke of Edinburgh's interest, Sir Peter
Horsley's story and the Rendlesham Forest incident.

In terms of content, The British UFO Files covered a lot of the
same ground as the Timewatch documentary shown in January. In
fact, both shows were made at the same time last year. The style
of the two programmes was very different, however, reflecting
the differences between BBC2 and Channel Five audience

I had no formal consultancy arrangement with the makers of The
British UFO Files, as I've seen reported somewhere. However, as
was the case with Timewatch, I gave the producers some
background information about the MOD's UFO project, and provided
them with copies of various declassified documents.

In conclusion, I thought The British UFO Files was a good show,
although there was little that would have been new to ufologists
here in the UK. However, these documentaries are aimed at a far
wider audience, so if the show raises awareness of the subject
and encourages more people to take an interest, this can only be
a good thing for ufology. I hope that list members outside the
UK get a chance to see both The British UFO Files and the
Timewatch UFO documentary, as you may be less familiar with some
of the featured material.

Best wishes,

Nick Pope

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