Updated: Thursday, 27th November 2014 @ 11:34am

We're not mad, you are! Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder criticised by UFO researcher for alien hunt TV show

We're not mad, you are! Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder criticised by UFO researcher for alien hunt TV show

By Oliver Pritchard

Happy Monday’s frontman Shaun Ryder will go in search of UFO’s for a TV show next year, but is facing criticism after concerns that hunting for aliens would not be sincere.

John Wickham of the British UFO Research Association (BUFORA) said the program would not look at the serious side of the subject.

He said the media were narrow-minded as they portrayed all UFO spotters mad and accused the government covering up a lot of things.

He added: “They [the media] portray people interested in the subject as mad. The media are only interested in entertainment value when they don't have much else to report on.”

Mr Wickham said that when BUFORA investigate a possible sighting they do a lot of serious work to conclude what a witness actually saw.

When asked whether extra-terrestrial life exists he said there was a lot of anecdotal evidence and circumstantial evidence but no definitive proof.

Currently filming in Chile, where there were reported sighting in 2010, Ryder will travel around the globe in search of extra-terrestrials.

A spokesperson for the History Channel, who will air the show, said: “A road trip of epic proportions, Shaun’s quest for truth will lead him all over the globe, starting in the wormhole (a ‘shortcut’ through space-time) in his Manchester back garden.

“He will visit the US, where over four million citizens believe they have been abducted by aliens, the Mayan ruins of Peru and Chile – explore aboriginal cave paintings of extra-terrestrials in Australia and much more.”

The Happy Mondays lead singer said: “I’m delighted to be making this series! Once they see you, they keep an eye on you.”

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