These screenshots from “Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World” will remind you what a weird place early 80s TV was

Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World was a 13 part TV series on ITV made in 1980, exploring various strange phenomena like Stone Henge and the Loch Ness Monster, personally we remember it best from the cash-in book, which we used to sneak a peak at in the school library, marvelling at the pictures of spontaneous combustion.

However Richard Littler (best known for writing the Scarfolk book & website) has been exploring the TV version and picking out some of extraordinary contributors.

TV was a different time – they stuck ordinary people on instead of everyone being an Instagram model.

Here’s 40 of the best:


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