Far Side Of The Moore

Monday 30 March

2.15pm-3.00pm

BBC RADIO 4

Tom Hollander (Pirates Of The Caribbean) and Patricia Hodge (Miranda) star in Sean Grundy’s moving and funny drama about a key moment in the life of legendary astronomer Sir Patrick Moore.

It’s 1957 and the little-known Patrick 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 his 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.

Directed by Dirk Maggs, 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.

With Tom Hollander as Sir Patrick Moore; Felicity Duncan as Lorna; Patricia Hodge as Gertrude; Anton Lesser as Dr Henry King; Charlotte Ritchie as Eileen Wilkins; David Shaw-Parker as Leonard Miall; Simon Treves as Arthur C. Clarke; and Daniel Weyman as Paul Johnstone.

Producer/David Morley for Perfectly Normal Productions

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