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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.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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