Martian Mania: The True Story Of The War Of The Worlds
The History Channel – Saturday 28 July, 10.30pm
This special commemorates the infamous Orson Welles broadcast that panicked America. On October 30th, 1938, the worst nightmare of panicked stargazers became frighteningly real. A radio announcer offered running commentary as invading forces from another planet attacked Earth with alarming fury…..
“Black smoke, drifting over the city…people in the streets…running towards the East River…Thousands of them, dropping like rats, falling like flies.”
When it was all over, there was devastation and outrage. Not at the renegade aliens, but at the man who unleashed an unprecedented hoax on an unsuspecting public – Orson Welles. As a result of his infamous “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, lives were transformed, laws were changed, and the world would never be quite the same again. This is a true tale every bit as fantastic as the H.G. Welles novel on which it was based, filled with astounding stories and intriguing secrets. Presented by Academy Award winner, James Cameron.