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    Recent whistle-blowers have come forward and given renewed credence to the myth of "ALTERNATIVE-THREE," that planet Mars is being populated by scientists and prepared as a SURVIVAL COLONY in the face of imminent catastrophic events that will decimate the population of planet Earth. Get the facts about this amazing and enduring story.

    Remember at 2.30 in there is a "statement" dictating that this could be viewed as many things and enjoyed as such.




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    Remember this

    Docu-drama made in 1977,shown on April 1st of that year although taken as True by some! The plot is intriguing however and in some respects very prescient.

    Alternative 3 is a television programme, broadcast once only in the United Kingdom in 1977, and later broadcast in Australia and New Zealand, as a fictional hoax, an heir to Orson Welles' radio production of The War of the Worlds. Purporting to be an investigation into the UK's contemporary "brain drain", Alternative 3 uncovered a plan to make the moon and Mars habitable in the event of climate change and a terminal environmental catastrophe on Earth.

    The programme was originally meant to be broadcast on April Fools Day, 1977. While its broadcast was delayed until June by industrial action, the credits explicitly date the film to April 1. Alternative 3 ended with credits for the actors involved in the production and featured interviews with a fictitious American astronaut.

    In the late 1970s the UK's Anglia Television ran a weekly science series, Science Report. The final episode of the series was allegedly due to have been broadcast on April 1, and as the series was not due to be recommissioned, the production team may have decided to produce a spoof edition for April Fool's Day, which was duly written by Chris Miles and David Ambrose but retained the series' format and presenter. Music was supplied by Brian Eno, a portion of his score being released on the 1978 album Music for Films.

    The episode began by detailing the so-called "brain drain:" a number of mysterious disappearances and deaths of physicists, engineers, astronomers, and others in related fields. Among the strange deaths reported was that of one "Professor Ballantine" of Jodrell Bank. Before his death, Ballantine delivers a videotape to an academic friend, but when viewed on an ordinary videotape machine the only result is radio static.

    According to the research presented in the episode, it was hypothesized that the missing scientists were involved in a secret American/Soviet plan in outer space, and further suggested that interplanetary space travel had been possible for much longer than was commonly accepted. The episode featured an Apollo astronaut "Bob Grodin" (played by Shane Rimmer) who claims to have stumbled on a mysterious lunar base during his moonwalk.

    It was claimed that scientists had determined that the Earth's surface would be unable to support life for much longer, due to pollution leading to catastrophic climate change. Physicist "Dr Carl Gerstein" (played by Richard Marner) claimed to have proposed in 1957 that there were three alternatives to this problem. The first alternative was the drastic reduction of the human population on Earth. The second alternative was the construction vast underground shelters to house government officials and a cross section of the population until the climate had stabilised, a solution reminiscent of the finale of Dr Strangelove. The third alternative, the so-called "Alternative 3," was to populate Mars via a way station on the Moon.

    The programme ends with some detective work; acting on information from Grodin, the reporters determine that Ballantine's videotape requires a special decoding device. After locating such a device, the resulting video turns out to depict a landing on the Martian surface in 1962! As Russian and American voices excitedly celebrate their achievement, something stirs beneath the Martian soil.....

    The programme was made with stock film used at the time to make it appear like any other episode of Science Report. In a 1989 interview, actor Richard Marner (Dr Carl Gerstein) said he didn't rehearse his lines to make the delivery appear as natural as possible.

    Within minutes of the programme ending, Anglia Television was flooded with telephone calls demanding more information. Callers were told the programme was a hoax. The Times on 21 June reported that "Independent television companies last night received hundreds of protest calls after an Anglia program, Alternative 3, gave alarming facts about changes in the earths atmosphere. It was a hoax, originally intended for April 1st." It also pointed out that several of the character in the programme were played by well known actors.

    Nick Austin, who was editorial director of Sphere Books when Watkins' adaptation was commissioned and published, writes that the book was the "best chance Id ever be likely to get to participate in a hoax of truly Guy Grand proportions the best thing of its kind since Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio broadcast."

    Austin writes that he was both delighted and disturbed by the Alternative 3 controversy, and adds that the reasons "a clever hoax, openly admitted to be such by its creators, should continue to exercise the fascination it so obviously does the best part of a generation after its first appearance is beyond my feeble powers of analysis and explanation." [1]

    An article by Loy Lawhon reports that "everyone involved with the Alternative 3 documentary admits that it was fiction(.)" [2]

    One unsourced account reports that the producers of Alternative 3 "announced that the entire thing had been a joke." [3]

    A more detailed explanation of the hoax is featured in a study of conspiracy theory subculture and literature, Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America (2003), wherein Michael Barkun devotes a few pages to Alternative 3.

    Barkun writes that "Alternative 3 was clearly a hoax and not only because it was intended for broadcast on April Fools Day. The interviews with supposed scientists, astronauts, and others were far too dramatically polished to have been spontaneous, and in any case, the episode's closing credits named the actors who took the roles of interviewees and correspondents. Though artfully produced, the show's counterfeit documentary style could scarcely have been expected to fool many. As an Anglia TV spokeseman put it, 'We felt viewers would be fairly sophisticated about it.'"

    Bakun notes that television and newspapers were "swamped" with inquiries about Alternative 3 and that Anglia Television's sale of the book rights to Leslie Watkins caused the tale to spread far beyond the United Kingdom.

    In 1978, Leslie Watkins wrote a science fiction book based on the screenplay for the television episode. Watkins had previously written a few moderately successful "suspense thriller" novels, and his Alternative 3 novelization detailed many of the claims presented in the episode. It was published by Sphere Books Ltd, of Grays's Inn Road, London. In the book, many of the fictional characters were replaced with real people. For example, quotes from the fictional astronaut Bob Grodin were attributed to real life astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Edgar Mitchell.

    Jim Keith's Casebook on Alternative 3: Ufo's, Secret Societies and World Control (Illuminet Pr) ISBN 0-9626534-9-7, argues that some elements of the 1977 broadcast were in fact true.

    Ken Mitchell's novel, Alternative 3 (HarperCollins) ISBN 0-7322-7703-5 uses the Alternative 3 scenario as a background to a techo thriller

    On June 20, 2010, the 33rd anniversary of the original Anglia Television broadcast, an allegedly "unexpurgated" edition of the Alternative 3 text was released as an eBook.

    Bakun notes that Alternative 3 and the intermittent availability of Watkins' book "lent itself to conspiracist interpretations," and though Alternative 3 did not mention UFOs or extraterrestrials, many of the plans mentioned in Alternative 3 have been featured in later assorted conspiracy theories. Bakun argues that Alternative 3 was important in that its "role in the growth of conspiracy theory lay in a later permutation" related to UFOs and the UFO conspiracy theory. Milton William Cooper, for one, featured similar tales in some of his writings.

    An episode of Dimension X featured a plot very similar to the later Alternative 3: On the 14 July 1950 episode "The Man In the Moon", an employee of the fictional United States "Bureau of Missing Persons" overhears a radio broadcast from a man who claims to be held prisoner on the moon. The employee investigates, and uncovers the kidnapping of many persons, including scientists and engineers, who are then forced to toil on the moon by German overseers, who had colonized the moon in the late 1930s, and who are preparing an invasion and takeover of the earth. In turn, the movie Iron Sky also tells the story of Nazi moon bases and a planned Earth invasion


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    As we know, they put fact into works of ''fiction'' for us to see.
    Check this example out.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tenth_Planet

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    G'day The One,

    Yeah I remember this oldie.
    I was only thinking about it the other day and was gong to drag out my copy to have a gitsy at again.

    @LS: Nothing like a bit of Doctor Who to brighten up my night either. Thanks for that (though I admit a preference for Tom Baker). Nice how the cyber men story developed. Time changes stories as perspectives shift. Space just gets bigger and bigger in syfy, now cyber men are from much farther away! Having the cyber men come from this solar system just sounds "so last century".

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    Awesome! "Alternative 3" the blueprint for Agenda 21? Scarily similar

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    Alternative 3 - Mars Coverup Exposed - UFOTV



    A video essay by Jim Nichols, from UFOTV, - What is "ALTERNATIVE-3?" Recent whistle-blowers have come forward and given renewed credence to the "urban myth" of "ALTERNATIVE-3," that planet Mars has and is being populated by the elite, scientists and prepared as a SURVIVAL COLONY in the face of near future catastrophic climate events that will decimate the population of planet Earth.

    Get new insights about this amazing and enduring story. Featuring evidence from Andrew Basiago, Laura Eisenhower, Phil Schneider, William Cooper and others.
    Uploaded to YT on Jun 24, 2011

    The full version of the original Science Report "Alternative 3" - broadcast once only in the United Kingdom in 1977 - is here:


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    Wikipedia article on 'Alternative 3':

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_3

    Also from Bibliotecapleyades:
    http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ex...itics_ZJ01.htm
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    Billy Meier did take photos of mars in 1970 and the satelite orbiting mars had an american flag on it. We were never told about that by Nasa.
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    You're right: Alternative 3 is real & alternatives 1 and 2 have also been tried - e.g. the hole in the ozone layer over Australia/NZ resulted from Alternative 1: use of nuclear devices to blow holes in the stratosphere from which the heat and pollution could escape into space!
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    US / Russian joint venture

    I uploaded it on Youtube and it got quite small and compressed. Anyhow enjoy.

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    US / Russian joint venture

    I uploaded it on Youtube and it got quite small and compressed. Anyhow enjoy.


    Well, you might consider changing the title and text so that it's 100% accurate... not actually a documentary, but a 'mockumentary'.

    The clip is an extract from the 1977 UK TV 'Science Report' Program Alternative 3, and was a spoof (albeit one with a LOT of truth in it). It's not a video of any real event.

    There are a couple of Avalon threads about this, and also lots of other individual posts if one searches for them:
    The entire (very interesting) TV program can be seen here, and the 'Mars Landing' clip is right in there.



    There's also a book (by Leslie Watkins) of the same name, adapted from the screenplay from the TV program (which was originally intended to be aired on April Fools' Day, but was then rescheduled for later). Watkins soon came to realize that he and his colleagues had accidentally stumbled on what seemed to be some profound, highly classified truths.

    Here is his very interesting public statement about this:

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    Hi Bill i changed the Title in the Post but the name of the thread is still the old one.

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    uzn, you need to ask a moderator to do it for you.
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    Well isn't this interesting - a 'fictional' book and TV series, surrounded in mystery and intrigue, even a suspicious death.

    Docudrama (possibly?) in design one is left to wonder how much really was fiction.

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    This is good too



    Evidence of a Secret Colony on Mars has sparked the interest of UFO Researchers around the world. Recent whistle-blower revelations from President Eisenhower's great granddaughter and others give renewed credence to the evidence that planet Mars is being prepared as a SURVIVAL COLONY in the face of imminent catastrophic events that may decimate the population of planet Earth. This film presents the best evidence available that there is indeed Life on Mars and that life is us. Get the facts in this documentary from the celebrated, award winning researcher/illustrator/filmmaker of 14 wildly popular UFO films here on UFOTV including "The UFO Alien Cyborg Invasion," "UFO Secrets of the 3rd Reich: The Aldebaran Mystery 1 & 2," "Ancient Alien Mystery: Nibiru 1,2 & 3," "The Day After UFO Disclosure," "UFOs, Kennedy, Nixon and the Alien Presence," "UFOs Atomic Bombs and the Quest for Power," "The Aeon of Horus 1 & 2," "Ancient Alien Mystery: Rise of the Anunnaki," "Secret Societies and Flying Saucers," "Ancient Alien Mystery of the Archons," and "Alternative 3: The Secret Mars Colony."

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    This has been posted (as separate threads) several times already - put "Alternative 3" in the search engine at the top right of the page (with the quotes), to get heaps of related info

    Mod edit from Bill: Thanks, yes, 5 existing threads merged.
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    Also a book by the author (and same title), which is downloadable here on Avalon as a PDF - well worth the read to accompany the video

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    Quote Posted by KiwiElf (here)
    This has been posted (as separate threads) several times already - put "Alternative 3" in the search engine at the top right of the page (with the quotes), to get heaps of related info
    Actually I did do a search before I posted - I do that with every post - oddly it didn't show up.

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    It wasn't intended as a criticism Chakra, more a pointer to much more info (perhaps even more than Bill has merged) on the subject. (you do need to put the quotation marks around the search tho ), ie "Alternative 3".

    It was a revolutionary, valid & important topic then, and quite possibly even more so now with the emerging data concerning the SSP (Secret Space Program) etc. Quite possibly, there are many new members who have never heard of it... it is after all, 40 years old! (I'm old enough to remember it being televised in NZ! It caused quite a bit of chaos here, with distraught viewers blocking the phone lines and made front page News, (all under the context of an "April Fools Joke" - it was broadcast here in NZ on 1st April, 1977)!

    So, it's good you've "revitalised" it

    EDIT:
    For anyone interested, there was/is a very high resolution torrent (1.6 GB MKV format) of the original "mocumentary" on PirateBay - (not sure if they're even still operating)
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    Quote Posted by Chakra (here)
    Quote Posted by KiwiElf (here)
    This has been posted (as separate threads) several times already - put "Alternative 3" in the search engine at the top right of the page (with the quotes), to get heaps of related info
    Actually I did do a search before I posted - I do that with every post - oddly it didn't show up.
    A small helpful note (I hope): The way I found the existing threads was to use Advanced Search (not the regular one, which is very limited)



    ... and then search for [ "Alternative 3" ] as a title, with the inverted commas in place to show the search term is the whole intact phrase.

    This was useful, because I found several threads dating back to 2011 but to my surprise, they'd each only had a small handful of posts. The fascinating topic certainly deserves a little more air time, as KiwiElf said:
    Quote So, it's good you've "revitalised" it

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