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(2002)

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In "High Hopes", the third episode, Owen Crawford examines the photo of an unidentified married couple abducted by aliens. The photo is of real-life couple Betty and Barney Hill, who became famous in the early 1970's when hypnotherapy sessions allegedly revealed that they had been abducted by aliens.
The abduction stories and sightings featured in the mini-series are based upon accounts made from people over the many years of UFO believers.
This is currently the most expensive film ever shot in Richmond, British Columbia, and pumped more money into the Vancouver suburb's economy than any other movie project.
Matt Frewer (Chet Wakeman) appears on screen in six of the series' ten episodes, more than anyone else. Although Dakota Fanning (Allie Keys) narrates all ten episodes, she only appears on screen in the last four.
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The character 'Allie Keys' was ranked #16 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue).
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The WW2 bombing sequence in episode one was created using NewTek's "Lightwave 3D". The image of Germany was actually a spy photo taken from WW2.
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The series takes place from August 1944 to December 2002.
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'Celine Du Tertre' was originally cast as Allie, but during filming was replaced by Dakota Fanning.
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In the first episode character Sally Clarke gives the Alien "John" one of her lone star earrings to take with him back into space and she keeps the other. If you look closely in episode 2, when Russell Keys returns home for the first time in ten years, there is a Christmas star decoration behind character Bill, as he stands in the doorway telling Russell to go away, that is made to look exactly like the earrings.
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At the time of its airing, it was the highest rated program on the SciFi (now SyFy) channel. The record was beaten the next year with Battlestar Galactica.
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The fictional books, including the space comic book in episode 1 (from which the alien "John" steals his appearance) and the "Charlie Chestnut" book at the beginning of episode 2 which Jesse is reading before he's taken, have authors with the name of "Bohem", perhaps referring to real or imaginary relatives of the creator/writer of the mini-series.
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This was the first time that Emily Bergl (Lisa Clarke) played a woman who was one-quarter alien. She later did so again in Star Trek: Enterprise: North Star (2003).
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