Back2Back, Shaun Ryder on board for UFO series

History in the UK has commissioned an eight-part series from the Brighton-based prodco, featuring the rock star turned TV presenter. (Pictured: Ryder, from ITV's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!)
November 3, 2011

History in the UK has commissioned Shaun Ryder on UFOs, an eight-part series from Brighton-based Back2Back Productions that will see the Happy Mondays front man travel the globe in an attempt to uncover truths about extraterrestrials.

Ryder, who has also appeared on the UK’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, is apparently a devout believer in UFOs, and claims to have had a sighting when he was 15, as well as other out-of-body experiences he’s attributed to alien interaction.

The series follows Ryder as he travels to the U.S. to find out more about America’s fascination with aliens, the Mayan ruins of Peru and Chile, and Australia, to examine cave paintings that depict extraterrestrials.

“We are always looking to commission programming that delivers history in a new and entertaining way and we jumped at the chance of working with Shaun Ryder who has a real passion for this subject,” said Adam MacDonald, VP of programming, History and Military History at A+E Networks UK. “This commission continues our search for exclusive, passionate, ‘talked about’ history TV – and aliens.”

“Having himself come into contact with extra-terrestrials, this is a no-holds barred, brutally honest quest for the truth,” added David Notman-Watt, executive producer and MD for Back2Back.

Ryder, for his part, said he’s “delighted” to be on board for the series, adding that when it comes to aliens, “once they see you, they keep an eye on you.”

No air date has yet been announced, on this world or others.

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