Far Side of The Moore

1st Broadcast 30th March 2015 at 14.15pm  BBC Radio 4

 

Director

Dirk Maggs

Dirk Maggs

 

Producer

David Morley

 

Written by

Sean Grundy

Sean Grundy

 

Production

A Perfectly Normal production for BBC Radio 4.

 

 

Synopsis

How young amateur astronomer Patrick Moore fought a prejudiced establishment to become the presenter of The Sky At Night.

It's 1957 and the little known Patrick Moore is living with his mother in East Grinstead, from where he studies the heavens and writes popular factual works on astronomy, as well as science fiction under a pseudonym.

When Moore's latest book 'Suns, Myths and Men' gets a terrible review from the stuffy academic Dr Henry King, Patrick is in despair and, when the phone rings, he braces himself for more bad news.

Sean Grundy's drama is both a moving and at times laugh out loud funny telling of a key moment in the life of Patrick Moore.

This is the story of how the self taught astronomer, whose Moon maps were later used by the Apollo missions, became the presenter of The Sky At Night. But it's also the story of a mysterious love affair, and a window into the mind of one of the nation's favourite broadcasters

 

What Other's Have said

“Funny, affectionate and fast moving… An utterly brilliant performance by Tom Hollander.”

Jane Anderson, Radio Times

 

“This production has quality running through every line and playful nuance… Radio drama really does not get any better than this.”

 Paul Donovan, Sunday Times

 

 

Cast

Tom HollanderPatrick Moore
Patricia HodgeGertrude Moore
Felicity DuncanLorna
Anton LesserDr Henry King
Charlotte RitchieEileen Wilkins
David Shaw-ParkerLeonard Miall
Simon TrevesArthur C Clarke
Daniel WeymanPaul Johnstone

 

Production Crew

Not known

 

Recorded at

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Music composed & Arranged

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Comment by Dirk Maggs

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Main cast Far side of Moore

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Running Time

1 episode 45minutes duration.

 

 

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