Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World is a documentary series that delves into our “mysterious world”, or to put it simply Arthur C. Clarke looks at strange phenomena that we find it difficult to understand. Originally shown on ITV in 1980, this series is presented by the 2001: A Space Odyssey author from his “retreat” in Sri Lanka and it is narrated with the silky tones of George Honeycombe. Despite only lasting for one series and twelve 25 minute episodes the show became quite iconic.
The show is incredibly informative, but the main problem with it is that at less than 30 minutes long, they don’t go into much detail when discussing the topics. A shame really, but it does give you a good starting point for further research, if you are so inclined.
The show looks at such subjects as the Apeman (Bigfoot to you and me), giant serpents (things like the Loch Ness monster) and giant squid (squid, only like, really big). However, the most interesting aspect is the episode discussing the Crystal Skulls that were found in South America, early in the 20th Century (See Indiana Jones 4)
The show hasn’t aged well (not surprisingly considering that it’s 40 years old), but it is very enjoyable and with each episode less than 30 minutes, it’s not too taxing on your time. There’s something for everyone, and for the sceptic in you, it tries to debunk all of the theories and sightings mentioned. However, Clarke is man enough and wise enough to admit if something can’t be explained.