What was Alternative 3?
Alternative 3 is a television programme, broadcast in the UK in 1977 as a fictional hoax, an heir to Orson Welles’ radio production of The War of the Worlds. Purporting to be an investigation into Britain’s contemporary “brain drain,” Alternative 3 uncovered a plan to make the moon and Mars habitable in the event of a terminal environmental catastrophe on Earth.
The programme was originally meant to be broadcast on April Fools Day, 1977. While its broadcast was delayed until June by industrial action, the credits explicitly date the film to April 1st. Alternative 3 ended with credits for the actors involved in the production and featured interviews with a fictitious American astronaut. However, some conspiracy theory supporters have argued Alternative 3 is at least partly true.
Black Belt Jones writes:
Chances are if weâ€™ve been to the pub together over the last 15 years, I will have mentioned Alternative-3, amongst the canon of great media proto-ARGs that include Orson Wellesâ€™ War Of The Worlds, Ghostwatch, etc.
I re-watched it on the plane over to the USA, and my addled-brain couldnâ€™t help but retcon the whole thing into the LOST universe.
It was made of course, when the DHARMA initiative is intended to have made their orientation movies, which helps.
But the plot within it is worthy of Abrams, Lindelhof, et al.