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BBC coverage [ edit ]

BBC television of man’s first landing on the consisted of 27 hours of coverage a ten-day period. The programmes Apollo 11 were broadcast Lime Grove Studios in The BBC2 sections were in colour and the BBC1 sections in and white (full colour in Britain being a few months Its main presenter was Cliff with James Burke and Moore concentrating on scientific and explanations and analysis. In America, Charlton reported live Cape Kennedy and Mission in Houston. [ 1 ] There had been a big up to the coverage. The Radio Times had a with a rocket shooting off and the Target Moon. [ 3 ]

The London set of Apollo 11 consisted of a long, desk, large models of the and the Earth, and a large picture of a against a dark, cosmic-type On the front of the desk was a digital which counted down the to lift-off etc. Film and models of various parts of the helped explain certain of the journey. [ 1 ]

Every day of the mission had from the space studio. would vary between programmes at important points in the such as launching and undocking. But shorter progress reports, and moon-centric contributions to news children’s television and Twenty-Four . a current affairs show. [ 1 ] in between Apollo 11 reports But What If It’s Made of Cheese . an Omnibus anthology on the night of the moon landing. group Pink Floyd an exclusive instrumental piece Moonhead ; there is an audio of the track, which occasionally on Pink Floyd bootleg [ 4 ] Featured alongside them distinguished actors including Ian Judi Dench. Michael and Roy Dotrice. all reading quotes and about the moon. The show featured Dudley Moore The Dudley Moore Trio and singer Marion Montgomery. [ 5 ] [ 6 ] Bowie ‘s song Oddity was also included in the [ 7 ]

The actual night of the moon on 20/21 July was also for British TV, as it was the first-ever all-night on British television, with BBC1 and ITV remaining on air for 11 hours 11.30 p.m. on 20 July to a.m. the following morning. Armstrong stepped on to the surface of the at 3:56 a.m. British His comments were interspersed commentary from James often to fill in the silences.

Godson, who was directing the news night remembered,

When Armstrong stepped onto the surface, the whole BBC control with the canteen ladies and guards standing beside the control desk, exploded cheering and clapping. To us it had been a type of relief as it must been to Armstrong, his crew and Control. Up to now, nothing had wrong. I vividly recall we had ‘One small step’ with very little considering he was in full lunar I mean, it was easily comprehensible shall we say, slightly It was quite difficult to make any sense out of the first pictures the lunar surface, as I recollect. But those circumstances we would had James Burke describe, what we were trying to with our eyes. I was there to the situation — to decide voice-over explanations were to be ready to take actions if the circuits failed. In fact, it in quite a calm overnight with, if I remember correctly, not a major panic situation than numerous sound problems. [ 8 ]

The first images from the were upside down, so on Earth operated an electronic on receiving the signal to correct the All transmissions from the moon in black and white. When Aldrin became the second man on the twenty minutes later, the quality had improved — the moon-rise in Australia the signal had from the smaller Goldstone in to the stronger signal received on the on-axis receiver of the Parkes [ 9 ] in Australia, and then relayed via the Creek station to Sydney for distribution uplink. The BBC later a Queen’s Award For Industry for the standards converter, which translate the pictures from via the Goonhilly Satellite Earth in Cornwall to the BBC in London. [ 1 ]

For several after the live event, of the moonwalk were reshown as highlights. [ 1 ]

Patrick Moore it the most exciting event he reported on. He said, [b]ridging the gap two worlds was an awesome achievement. [ 10 ] Burke has said in retrospect it was [t]he greatest media of all time. [ 1 ] On its tenth anniversary in he looked back on the whole programme in two BBC documentaries, The Men Who Walked on the (BBC1) and The Other Side Of The (BBC2, later the same [ 2 ] [ 11 ] Stuart Harris. the producer of documentaries, has written a memoir [ 12 ] of BBC Apollo 11 coverage, recalling the event became a bone of between the Science Features which had covered previous events, including the Apollo 8 and the Current Affairs Department, had more appropriate resources for very big events.

ITV coverage [ edit ]

A mounted TV camera shows Neil as he climbs down the ladder to Paul Haney at ITN described it as the thing to happen since crawled up on the beach and survived.

ITN the bulk of the coverage of the Apollo 11 for Britain’s one commercial television The main front man for the bulletins was Burnet. assisted by science Peter Fairley and former of NASA Paul Haney.

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On the of the moonwalk, ITV chose a much tone in covering the event the BBC. With 16 hours of in between news bulletins was Frost ‘s Moon . a discussion and entertainment show by London Weekend Television. It showbiz personalities such as Cook. Cilla Black. Richard. Lulu. Mary Sammy Davis, Jr.. Jacques and Eric Sykes. [ 1 ] [ 13 ] It was to feature relevant facts the moon landing with a of outside comment, that to one commentator broke up the mood of solemnity that tends to those occasions. [ 14 ] The show until 3am, and singer Humperdinck. who also featured, was to have collapsed from due to its epic length. The show, from London Weekend’s Studios. also featured serious guests, such as Morris and Dame Sybil Author Ray Bradbury objected to he saw as the frivolous tone of the show, and out before he could be interviewed. [ 13 ]

Around midnight, a serious on the ethics of the moon landing was with historian AJP Taylor and Sammy Davis, Jr. forming a bizarre alliance in attacking space flights. [ 14 ] The show for longer than expected as the Down to Earth was cancelled NASA had brought forward schedule by several hours; the moonwalk had been planned for 7 British time. [ 1 ] [ 13 ]

There also reactions from the at Trafalgar Square and from Prime Minister Harold and Peter Sissons interviewing including Sir Bernard Lovell at Bank .

For the coverage of the moon itself, ITV used computer such as Armstrong taking control and Touchdown, The Eagle has The captions were made by to the Houston-Lunar Module talkback, entering in computer codes, translated the Eagle’s speed and into on-screen information. Haney described the moonwalk on the as the greatest thing to happen fish crawled up on the beach and [ 13 ] On the landing he remarked the landing was four miles off the point which is pretty good for work. [ 14 ] Reminiscing in 1999, ITN David Nicholson remembered it as the most exciting twelve I’ve ever seen on It was a hugely thrilling moment. I in the ITN control room there was a from the production staff. [ 13 ]

In his diary on 21 July 1969, Michael Palin wrote the thing about the evening was until 3:56 am, when clambered out of the spaceship and activated the camera, we had seen no space at all, and yet ITV had somehow contrived to ten hours with a programme to the landing. [ 15 ] Comparing the BBC and ITV’s on the broadcast, Stanley Reynolds in The commented: Perhaps on no other have we seen quite so the basic differences between the two services. [ 16 ]

Michael Billington in The Times was much more to the ITV coverage. He said they had the initiative off the BBC. In the past it has been the BBC that has been to abandon its schedules to suit public events: yesterday, the traditional roles were and it was the BBC that persevered with Dr. Casebook and The Black and White Show while independent showed itself far more and enterprising. He praised Frost for the way he the proceedings with his usual professionalism and Burnett for combining news with personal though he said the combination of and variety is more debatable. is certainly something a bit strange going straight from a about the orbit of Luna 15 to Cilla Black singing her recording. On balance, I think type of juxtaposition is justified, if because some point of is needed in a programme of this The danger is that the viewer be so saturated with information his responses will be blunted it comes to the moments of real pop music, however, provides the let-up and fulfills much the function as comic relief in a drama. [ 14 ]


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