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UFOs and conspiracies… Life according to actor and DJ, Craig Charles

Craig Charles.
Craig Charles.

The actor and DJ talks about his UFO series and why he believes the truth
is out there.

When did your interest in UFOs begin?

Ever since my love of science fiction began, but back in the day you would never say so because people would think you were a bit of a crank. Now, the Americans have released all this footage that clearly shows these UFOs and UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) are there.

I’m not saying they’re aliens but they do exist. What are they? Do the Russians and Chinese have technology that is so much more advanced than our own? That is as frightening as aliens, to be sure.

How can craft travel 3,000 mph then stop instantly? The G-force alone from that would turn a human being into mush. Are they drones or are they robots? Some of them fly and then go underwater. We have footage of that from fighter jets and aircraft carriers.

Have you ever seen a UFO?

Me and my friend were in Galway once, sat in his garden and these weird things flew over. The next day, there was lots of stuff on the news about it. People had been phoning in to report seeing alien craft flying over the skies of Galway. I don’t know what it was.

Before making the series, did you have a UFO case you were particularly interested in?

The Rendlesham Forest case is interesting. American military reported these weird lights in the woods. These are highly trained officers who aren’t going to mistake a car headlight for a spaceship.

What other compelling cases stood out for you?

A lot of the footage that’s just been released by the American Air Force is very compelling. You see these things on film and they’re all different shapes. A lot of people report seeing this pyramid-shaped craft. It doesn’t have an engine and it’s just thrusting forward and flying through the air.

Do you have any UFO research heroes?

No, to be honest. I was surprised by how big the industry around this is. Some people are making a lot of money out of UFOs. You do wonder about the veracity of some of the claims, because there’s a vested interest in keeping the story going. I’m certainly not one of them. I just wanted to have a closer look at the evidence, listen to the stories and make up my own mind.

Did taking part in the series challenge any preconceptions you had about UFOs or UAPs?

I know now these things exist. They’re not a figment of anyone’s imagination. Even the American government admits that now. It’s proved to me I’m not a Fraggle. UAPs are out there, we just don’t know what they are.

Craig Charles: UFO Conspiracies, Sky History, Tuesday, 9pm