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Moon Landing: TV specials

Can you believe it's been 50 years since we walked on the Moon? That one small step for man on 20 July 1969 was a pivotal moment in our history, so what better way to commemorate the occasion than with some great TV space specials that are out of this world... 👨‍🚀🚀

Moon launch live, Channel 4, 8pm, 13th July

Experience the mission to the moon like it's 1969! To celebrate the 50th anniversary of mankind's mission to the moon, Channel 4 is marking the occasion with a unique programme that blends amazing Nasa archive with global television footage from the day to take viewers back in time.


With contemporary references, flashes of the Vietnam War, adverts from the era and interviews from around the world, the programme fully immerses viewers in the world of the summer of 1969, to re-tell the story of the extraordinary bravery, anticipation and achievement of this iconic moment.

The Day We Walked On The Moon, ITV, 9pm, 16th July

Narrated by Mark Strong, The Day We Walked On The Moon is the story of what, 50 years on, remains one of humanity’s greatest achievements - a moment etched in the minds of the 500 million people who watched it around the world on live TV.


British perspectives on this world-changing event are provided by Professor Brian Cox, astrophysicist and Queen guitarist Brian May and space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock, each of whom see the Apollo 11 mission as an influence on the shape of their own future careers.

Stargazing: Moon Landing Special, BBC Two, TBC, 15th July


Join professor Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain as they travel to where the historic Apollo 11 mission began - Cape Canaveral in Florida. They hear first-hand from astronaut General Charlie Duke what it was like to guide Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the Moon in the Lunar Lander and how he followed in their footsteps three years later.

But they also look at the most exciting new developments and, with privileged access, they transmit from the top of launch tower that’s being prepared for manned missions and from the assembly line of a spacecraft factory.

Chasing the Moon, BBC Four, TBC 

Chasing the Moon is the definitive history of the space race. It details the Moon Landing of Apollo 11, from the early beginnings of the international space race all the way to the national attitude after the success of the landing.


The series begins in 1957 and tracks the early years of the space race, as the United States struggled to catch up with the Soviet Union. Revealed is the breathtaking failures and successes of the American space program, which demonstrates the high stakes of reaching the moon.

8 Days: To the Moon & Back, BBC Two, 9pm, 10th July

Eight days, three hours, 18 minutes, 35 seconds. That’s the total duration of the most important and celebrated space mission ever flown - Apollo 11 - when we first stepped foot on the moon.


 This feature-length drama documentary will bring the real story of the mission as it happened. With access to hours of declassified cockpit audio recorded by the astronauts themselves using cutting-edge digital effects and dramatised performances to create a stunning 21st century visual journey. 

First Night of the Proms, BBC Four, 7:30pm, 19th July

Karina Canellakis conducts the First Night in one of the 20th century’s great choral masterpieces. We’ll hear the premiere of Zosha Di Castri’s Long is the Journey (a work that marks the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings). 

Also, make sure you mark your calendar for The Sound of Space: Sci-Fi Film Music , (7th August, 10:15pm) the London Contemporary orchestra’s Late Night Proms puts a futuristic spin on the best sci-fi music for film and television. Among the soundtrack featured are those for Alien: Covenant, Gravity, Moon and Interstellar. 

CBeebies Bedtime Stories, CBeebies, TBC 

We can't forget about the little ones! Award-winning actor, writer, presenter and comedian Michael Palin takes viewers on a magical adventure when he reads By The Light Of The Moon by Tom Percival. 


To tie in to the moon landings anniversary, there is also another opportunity to see Tim Peake’s historic CBeebies Bedtime Story from the International Space Station, as he reads Goodnight Spaceman by Michelle Robinson and Nick East.

Apollo's Moon Shot, Smithsonian, continues 8pm, 8th July 


Revisit an era when NASA's team of engineers and astronauts gambled everything to embark on humankind's most ambitious journey, brought to life through archival interviews, rarely seen footage, and artifacts from the vaults of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

Space Age - Nasa's Story, PBS America, 9pm, 8th July


Tune into this documentary offering an insight into the inner-workings of the organisation behind the American civilian space programme, beginning with Nasa's earliest missions.