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Series / Jeopardy (CBBC)

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2002 CBBC series about a group of Scottish teenagers as they look for aliens on a school trip to the Outback.

Not to be confused with the quiz show of the same name.

Provides examples of:

  • Agent Mulder: David.
  • Agent Scully: Shona evolves into this role over the first season.
  • Bolivian Army Cliffhanger: The end of Series 1, with the group being abducted by aliens as they wait on the ridge to be rescued.
  • Evil All Along: Arnie, senior park ranger and Melissa's mentor, turns out to be in cahoots with the robber responsible for many of the kids' experiences (who happens to be his little brother).
  • Granola Girl: Sarah. David is also a bit of a nature nerd.
  • Jitter Cam: The kids make video diaries of their experiences, which get in the show a lot alongside standard camera set-ups.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Much of the kids' experiences in the first season may be the responsibility of a criminal trying to scare them away from buried diamonds. But they might not be.
  • Multiple Endings: The final series had three possible endings lined up, with viewers choosing them via phone-in:
    • The "spooky" ending, where Harry and Lucy encounter their future incarnations, causing the "red-eye virus" to kick in, and the series ends with their fate uncertain. This won the vote the first time the series was aired.
    • The "happy" ending was effectively the same as the "spooky" one, but the episode ended before the future selves entered the room. When the series was repeated the phone vote was run again, and this time this ending won.
    • The "surprising" ending never aired, but according to Word of God would have revealed Harry, Lucy and the rest of the gang were all alien clones.
  • No Medication for Me: Harry refuses to bring his epilepsy medication with him to Australia, claiming he doesn't need it. Unsurprisingly, he's wrong.
  • Not Himself: Sarah says this about David after he sees (what he thinks are) alien lights, and becomes increasingly obsessed with being taken by them. In general, it's unclear how many of the poor decisions the characters make are the result of stress and dehydration, character flaws or general teenage stupidity, or the result of external influence.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Joe Hanna, Big Bad of the first season, who claims to be responsible for some of the kids "alien" experiences. But not all.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: At the beginning of the series, Chrissie's entire motivation for coming on the trip is to spend time with Simon, who thinks of her as a friend, but mostly ignores her (and apparently has a crush on Sarah). By the end of the first series, he proposes becoming a couple to her, and she turns him down.