“Fascinating. That’s the word I’d use to describe it”

“The world we live in is full of mysteries,” acclaimed actor, author, producer, director and screenwriter William Shatner tells DStv.co.za. “How do researchers find ancient artefacts decades after they’ve been lost? How do we survive near-death experiences? Curious people like me enjoy getting to the bottom of these mysteries. That’s what this show is.”

The show in question is The UnExplained, a HISTORY (DStv channel 186) investigative series which explores the world’s most extraordinary and inexplicable mysteries.

“I’m going to take you on a journey that will make you question everything you thought you knew – a journey that will turn your world upside down. It’s a journey that will shed light on the strange, the unknown, and the unexplained.” – William Shatner

Fact or fiction?

From the producers of The Curse of Oak Island and Ancient Aliens, comes this new, absorbing series in which the former Star Trek captain and trusted Rescue 911 host takes viewers along for weekly investigations into what’s real, what’s fake… and what could still very well turn out to be the truth but that hasn’t been scientifically confirmed yet.

“This show is for the curious,” Shatner says. “The people who question unexplained mysteries.”

For example, have ever wondered who was responsible for the Voynich Manuscript, a mysterious book that no one can translate to this day? Or, could the Mothman, Chupacabra and the Mongolian Death Worm be real. And why have some people been struck by lightning multiple times? These are the kinds of topics explored in this investigative adventure.

“Everything we observe is a mystery - including explanations that exist, which reverse what we knew before. What is explained is still mysterious, and that’s what I find fascinating. Let’s challenge those explanations,” he says.

Expect the unexpected

The UnXplained tackles weekly topics and cases, carefully peeling back the layers from various subjects, legends, rumours and “sightings” over which so much has been said and speculated over so many years that we often no longer know what is real, not real – or how much is real.

From voodoo and the human mind to people who survive plane crashes or perform superhuman feats while in danger – do we have a hidden reserve of inexplicable energy locked away inside of us? Each episode has contributions from scientists, historians, witnesses and experiencers – each seeking to shed light on how the seemingly impossible can happen.

Says Shatner: “I am a very curious person by nature. I read loads of books and ask even more questions. I am curious as the next person, and I’m excited to go out and explore these mysteries together.”

Watch The UnXplained with Williams Shatner on Fridays starting 17 January on History (186) at 21:00

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