BBC AMERICA LAUNCHES INTO SPACE WEEK ON JULY 15
CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11 WITH TWO NEW LUNAR DOCUMENTARIES PLUS CLASSIC SPACE-THEMED SERIES AND FILMS
MOON LANDING LIVE DOC GIVES VIEWERS THE FEELING OF FOLLOWING THE EVENT IN REAL TIME
WONDERS OF THE MOON DOC BRINGS THE MAGIC OF THE MOON AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE
New York - June 6, 2019 - This summer, the nation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the successful Apollo 11 mission with parades, retrospectives, special exhibitions and undoubtedly a good dose of stargazing. In turn, BBC AMERICA launches Space Week on Monday, July 15 with a slew of classic films and TV series that brought the final frontier down to Earth.
On the eve of the 50th anniversary, BBCA premieres Wonders of the Moon on Friday, July 19 at 10/9c. The documentary uses the latest, most detailed imagery to reveal the monthly life cycle of the moon to find out how it shapes life on Earth.
On the anniversary, BBCA premieres Moon Landing Live on Saturday, July 20 at 9/8c. Sourcing incredible news archives from around the world as well as NASA footage, this documentary re-tells the extraordinary ambition, bravery, anticipation and achievement that captured the world's imagination some 50 years ago.
"Nothing inspires awe quite like the wonders of our universe," Courtney Thomasma, Executive Director of BBC AMERICA comments. "We hope this weeklong programming event will inspire audiences to gather together, explore our cosmos, and marvel at this triumph of the human spirit just as millions across the world did five decades ago."
The Space Week celebration includes:
Moon Landing Live - U.S. Premiere
July 1969. America made history and sent the first humans to the moon. High-quality NASA footage and extensive news broadcasts bring this sensational moment in history bursting back into life. Live news footage from every corner of the globe recreates the excitement and elation that surrounded the event, as 600 million people tuned in to watch Neil Armstrong's remarkable first steps.
Wonders of the Moon - U.S. Premiere
Blood moons, super moons and total eclipses. Explore a stunning medley of lunar delights from across the globe. Low light cameras reveal the moon in its natural light, in ways that have rarely been witnessed, and illustrate its extraordinary influence over our planet, against a range of stunning backdrops. Travel to the rich undersea world of the South Pacific, where the coral reefs breed in synch with the moon cycles. Witness the mid-Autumn festival in Hong Kong, where the entire city falls under the moon's spell, and watch the total eclipse transform day to night across the United States.
TV Series Marathons
· Doctor Who
· Star Trek (The Original Series, The Next Generation, and Voyager)
· The Right Stuff
· Space Cowboys
· Alien 3
· Alien Resurrection
· Star Trek Generations
· Galaxy Quest
· I Am Number Four
BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the Peabody Award-winning series Killing Eve starring Golden Globe(R) and SAG(R) Award-winner Sandra Oh and BAFTA Award-winner Jodie Comer. The network is the definitive home and co-producer of the most iconic natural history programming including Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II, Dynasties, the upcoming Sir David Attenborough-narrated series Seven Worlds: One Planet and the return of the Emmy(R)-winning series Frozen Planet II and Planet Earth III. A joint venture between AMC Networks and BBC Studios (the commercial arm of the BBC), BBCA's influential shows such as Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Luther and Broadchurch, among many others, have attracted critical acclaim and earned Emmy(R) Awards, Peabody Awards, Critics' Choice Awards, TCA Awards, NAACP Image Awards, an IDA Documentary Award, a Gotham Award and Golden Globes(R). Created in 1998, the irrepressible network has garnered one of cable's most curious, educated and affluent audiences, with many properties boasting super-fan levels of engagement. Its unscripted slate includes the iconic car show Top Gear, buzzy and hilarious The Graham Norton Show and the world's biggest darts championships. Get caught up, BBCA offers full episodes On Demand across all major digital platforms, BBC AMERICA app and bbcamerica.com. Find out more by visiting press.amcnetworks.com.
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