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Fortean TV: The Complete Series

Rating: 4 / 5
Positives: The perfect thing to cozy up with on Winter nights, or maybe just chuckle your way through after a few too many festive toasts.
Plot: The weird, the curious, and the WTF.
Genre: Documentary
Review by: Paula Hammond
Released: 21st November 2022
Format: DVD 

Broadcast on Channel 4 between 1997 and 1998, Fortean TV was a celebration of the miraculous, the mysterious and the downright weird! One of television’s most popular paranormal series – and an influence on many shows that followed – Fortean TV’s vast collection of esoteric stories plundered one of the word’s greatest libraries of the bizarre, the occult, and all points in between to deliver a show that left audiences prepared to believe.

Hosted by the intrepid Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe, this cult series examined the strangest supernatural phenomena from around the darkest, oddest corners of the  planet. 

Hauntings, the Yeti, aliens, a pork scratching that resembles the Virgin Mary: Fortean TV left no stone unturned in its quest to unearth the inexplicable, the eccentric and the just plain WTF.

This December Network releases all 18 episodes, plus the harder-edged uncut spin-off plus along with the highly memorable Christmas special!

This was TV from the era of Eurotrash, Rapido, and The Word, so you can expect lots of cheeze with a hefty helping of post-modern irony. Which makes this the perfect thing to cozy up with on Winter nights, or maybe just chuckle your way through after a few too many festive toasts.

Fortean TV: The Complete Series is on DVD 21 November exclusively from

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Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

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