Thursday 9pm – 10.30pm, BBC2
This week is full of different documentaries and programs about the amazing fete that was undertaken aboard Apollo 11. The accomplishment of man setting foot on the moon 50 years ago captured the planets imagination and created one of the most famous images in human history. It also changed the way the human race looked upon its existence in the solar system, provoking many minds.
Many people will have often wondered what it was like for Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong spending 8 days board the highly sophisticated tin-can that was Saturn V, nearly a quarter of a million miles from the earth before they stepped onto the moon.
This feature length drama documentary will allow you to see just what it was like aboard Apollo 11, bringing the story of the mission to life. The producers of the program had access to hours of declassified cockpit voice recordings, spoken by the astronauts themselves, which allowed them to piece together all of the conversations, ambience and key moments. With all of this data, 8 Days: To the Moon and Back brings a 21st Century twist to the story, using cutting edge technology to make you feel as if you were there.
So how does it do this? Well, of course there is some good acting, which includes lip syncing, in addition to the use of original NASA footage and highly adept digital recreations. It might sound bonkers but it really works well. This is particularly demonstrated during the scenes where they experience sights never seen before and raw emotion is heard in the voices with accompanying visual effects. You can also hear just how normal these men making history were – there are regular jokes about Armstrong’s poor taste in music as well as the banter and camaraderie that was required on this long and dangerous mission.
This is a fantastic insight into one of the most iconic accomplishments of the 20th Century, in a view which you will have never seen or heard before, celebrating one of the greatest moments in human history.
Stars Patrick Kennedy as Michael Collins, Jack Tarlton as Buzz Aldrin and Rufus Wright as Neil Armstrong.
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