Paranormal: The Village That Saw Aliens (2024) Docuseries Review – The Truth Is Out There

The Truth Is Out There

The chances of anything coming from Mars were a million to one, he said. Who said? Well, Jeff Wayne did, the creator of The War of the Worlds song, The Eve of the War.

What wasn’t included in his lyrics was the line:

“The chances of an alien coming to Wales, are a billion to one.”

But that’s seemingly what happened in 1977 when 15 boys from a village school in the Welsh village of Broad Haven saw what looked like an alien spacecraft land in a nearby field. 

Now, you might assume the tale these boys told was a lie. However, when asked to draw what they had seen by their headteacher, a couple of days after the incident, they all drew a similar-looking shape – a silver, cigar-shaped UFO, with a dome on top.

Could they have got together and come up with this image as part of an elaborate hoax? It’s possible but as these boys lived miles apart at a time when there was no social media from which to communicate, it seems unlikely.

The ‘fact’ that the spaceship was seen by the boys in 1977 might make you assume they had just seen Star Wars and invented a sci-fi tale of their own. But as Star Wars was released four months after the Broad Haven incident, this rules out that theory. 

The new BBC documentary, Paranormal: The Village That Saw Aliens, attempts to shed light on the close encounter the boys had with the allegedly extra-terrestrial spacecraft.

Journalist Sian Eleri visits Broad Haven and speaks to one the former schoolkids who claimed to have seen the spaceship years before. He talks about the physical bullying he endured as a consequence of his discovery and tells Sian that the school bullies told him to admit he was lying. But as he was convinced that what he saw was from outer space, he stuck to his story, despite his daily beatings.

The boys weren’t the only people to see the cigar-shaped spacecraft. Adult residents of Broad Haven also saw something hovering in the sky. One hotel owner even saw it land a few yards away from her bedroom window. As Sian discovers in the documentary, this woman also saw the inhabitants of the ship – silver figures about 7 or 8 feet tall with long arms and legs! 

As Sian continues her investigation, she learns of other people in South Wales who claimed to have seen an alien spaceship in 1983. Their stories are strikingly similar with accounts of an angular object, with three bright lights and capable of shooting up into the sky in less than a second. Could this be another close encounter with Alienkind? 

The documentary follows Sian as she meets experts in various fields who have their own theories about what the people in Wales may have seen. One such person is an aerospace engineer who thinks the supposed spacecraft may actually have been an airship. Sian also talks to a scientist who suggests the object in the sky may have been a ball of plasma.

However, there’s still the possibility that what people saw wasn’t of this earth. For one thing, airships can’t zip away at lightning speeds, so that seems to debunk the theory that the object may have been an airship. Then there’s the ‘fact’ that the schoolboys in Broad Haven saw a cigar-shaped spaceship on the ground. As did the woman who saw the long-limbed aliens. That seems to rule out the plasma theory!

Other theories about the sightings are bandied about in the documentary. One person talks about a businessman who, for a lark, dressed up as a silver-suited alien with members of his Rotary group. It’s possible that the Broad Haven hotelier was a victim of their prank. Although, according to an interview with her daughter, the alien encounter and the fancy dress outing were months apart.

By the time the documentary ends, you will likely have more questions than answers. The truth about alien life is out there but cover-ups exist which prevent the truth from being revealed. Sian discovers this for herself when she contacts the Ministry of Defence for their take on the ‘extraterrestrial’ findings in Wales and comes up short. She also meets the daughter of a man named Randall Jones Pugh who investigated the alien sighting in Broad Haven and was possibly persuaded to back down after being visited by government officials.

Thankfully, Sian Eleri wasn’t visited by real-life Men in Black with the intent of blocking her documentary. She manages to meet a lot of people with connections to the strange sightings in Wales, all of whom have a bizarre story to tell about their close encounters. The documentary also encompasses archival news footage of the Broad Haven schoolboys as well as newspaper clippings with reports of the original discovery. 

The doc is surprisingly thorough, despite being inconclusive. If you were an alien sceptic beforehand, you might be on your way to becoming a believer by its end. As one person interviewed in the doc states, it’s important to keep your mind open. But let us know what you think. Do you believe in aliens? Do you think Wales really did get visited by extraterrestrial lifeforms? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Verdict - 7/10

8 thoughts on “Paranormal: The Village That Saw Aliens (2024) Docuseries Review – The Truth Is Out There”

  1. Hi Bill

    Thanks again for getting in touch and sharing your thoughts. I’m in full agreement with you on all the points you raised, especially your comparison to some of the US docuseries that are too hokey for their own good.

    There’s a new series of Unsolved Mysteries coming to Netflix in July. I’m not sure it’ll cover the topic of extraterrestrial life, but if it does, I hope it’s in-depth and informative and not cheesy nonsense.

    Thank you for checking out the review anyway. It’s great to get feeback and discussion from a reader such as yourself. We cover a lot of different topics and article types on the site so I hope there is more that takes your interest. Let us know if there is anything you’d like to see more of.

    Thanks again 🙂


  2. Hi Lee.

    I think there are some good things about this series that hint Sian is better than this and that she just needed sharper more adult material and research support from the production team. What she’s good at is connecting with people and also bringing an ordinary person’s perspective to a subject. She just needs to demand a better ‘role’ that gives her the chance to look more in control and operating to a journalistic structure and less like someone who is being helplessly blown around in the wind. She/they also need to lose the cheap and tacky stuff like going into an underground bunker at night etc. Such approaches and faux-drama look jaded and tired now.

    I suspect a lot of this is driven by the legacy of various US series that adopt very similar formats. Lots of guys rushing around Nevada or wherever, to launch an ‘urgent’ investigation into a UFO incident that happened (e.g.) 3 years ago. They’re pretty dreadful but I guess audience research indicates they’re popular.

    Yes, I think this subject would justify a rather more in-depth series and looking at newer material and studies. Many have been done in the past but often ‘tongue-in-cheek’. I suspect there’s an opportunity there for something rather more serious.

    Anyway, I’ll get off the soapbox now. Cheers again.

  3. Thanks Bill, I really appreciate your analysis of the doc and Sian’s approach to the subject. I’m sure a better documentary could be made on the subject,perhaps with information that isn’t something some of us have heard before.

  4. Hi Lee
    ….I suspect the problem wasn’t Sian but the production team and whatever values they hold.

    To me, and I could be wrong, there was an unpleasant undercurrent of somehow trying to foster a sotto-voce snigger at her seeming (real or scripted? I don’t know) lack of advance research and general awareness.

    Take some examples –
    1. Let’s look at some old newsreels from 1977 in which a woman, perhaps in her 40s of 50s, describes her experience. Cue “let’s go find her” reaction from Sian, then her subsequent shock that said woman is now deceased – only some 46 years later.
    2. Shock and awe reaction – these devices apparently perform aerodynamics that can’t be explained by our science. This suggests she hasn’t even watched any news over recent years on mainstream BBC where things like the US Navy videos and senate / NASA hearings on the subject have been extensively covered and this point has been made again and again. If that’s true, what qualifies her to conduct investigations on this subject?
    3. “Apparently, these sightings have been seen in lots of places and over a long time” – cue hushed and awe-struck silence. Cue long pause for atmospheric effect and gazes out to sea in deep thought.

    I could go on but I’m sure you get the point.

    Why does this bother me?

    Firstly, whether intentionally or not, it perpetuates the deeply distasteful and outdated ‘dumb-glamour’ image. If Sian really is so short of background knowledge and guilty of virtually zero research in advance, then she shouldn’t be fronting journalism in this domain. If she actually is a lot better informed and smarter than this series portrays her, then her portrayal like this is offensive and she should demand better treatment in the production.

    Secondly, the fallout from this is simple, as I said – it discredits the story and general subject matter.

    Do I ‘believe’ in UFOs? Well, I think there is very little evidence to support or refute the idea that we have been visited by non-terrestrial or extra-dimensional / temporal visitors. I think it is perfectly possible and there are many cases that remain entirely unexplained.

    However, if you look at this subject going back to the 1940s, there is a quite noticeable phenomenon. Before the 1990s, reports are sky high and with some supporting photographic / video (but usually very poor quality) evidence. Most commonly, these events were accompanied by “I really wish I’d had my camera with me” or “Oh, the film in my camera was spoiled” or “Oh, I messed up the focus”.

    However, mobile phone digital photography arrives in the 1990s and early 21stC. Suddenly, the sheer number of reports and claims diminish because almost everyone in the industrialised world is carrying a high-quality digital capture device which also has the advantage of being geo-locatable at a given time for forensic analysis.

    Since that date, the numbers of reports and grainy photos have fallen off a cliff. I find that worrying for the aliens and UFOs are everywhere line.

    Having said that, there remain some modern videos and photos that are very very interesting.

    Bottom line – I don’t know! Cheers.

  5. Thanks for getting in touch Bill. I agree, some of the documentary was a little silly, especially Sian’s descent into the bunker! Despite the cheesiness of it, I did think it did a pretty good job of raising the topic of whether aliens do or don’t exist. What are your viewpoints on the matter?

  6. When I watched this series, after a couple of episodes I assumed this was either a ‘spoof’ or possibly a docu-drama of the Blair Witch Project genre. I confess I was shocked to discover as it progressed, that this was meant to be serious.

    If so, it is arguably one of the worst pieces of journalism I have ever seen. We have an investigative reporter, going round and being constantly ‘shocked’ to discover things about supposed UFO sightings that have been public domain common knowledge since the 1960s or earlier.

    Everything she ‘unearthed’ in her probing journalism (cue tacky shots of underground bunkers at night, knocking on random house doors in a suburban street in Swansea, shock and awe when looking at dodgy photos in a pie and mash shop in London in passing, an absurd choice of location of the “I’m a cheeky cockney sparrah – ain I” presumably to emphasise that this was London and so on) could have been discovered with a child’s level of internet research in a total of about 30 minutes. Even worse, the production seems to go out of its way to try and almost mock Sian for her lack of general knowledge and shortcoings of basic advance research of the most rudimentary journalistic type.

    Absolutely awful. This sort of nonsense discredits serious journalism and serious UFO/UAP research.

    There’s no hope……………..

  7. I guess she may have been selected for her Welsh background, considering the documentary was set in Wales. I didn’t have trouble with her diction but I’m sorry you did. Thanks for getting in touch – its much appreciated.


  8. Sian Eleri ruined this programme for me. Totally wrong choice of presenter, took tongue in cheek attitude to another level but mostly as I could not understand her diction For example she said ‘Playee grewth’ what was that? Turned out she meant Play ground!

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