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Last Word

Prof Colin Pillinger, Antony Hopkins, Bev Evans, Sir Ben Gill and Stan Kelly-Bootle

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Matthew Bannister on space scientist Professor Colin Pillinger, broadcaster Antony Hopkins, teacher Bev Evans, farmers' leader Sir Ben Gill, computer pioneer Stan Kelly-Bootle. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Paul G Abel
Interviewed Guest:
Jon Culshaw
Interviewed Guest:
John Turner
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Evans
Interviewed Guest:
Ann Mroz
Interviewed Guest:
Anna Hill
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Bennett
Interviewed Guest:
Donald Curry
Interviewed Guest:
Bill Leece

The Sky at Night

Moore Marathon

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

To celebrate 55 years of the programme, Sir Patrick picked out 55 objects in the April sky for viewers to discover. He and the team find out how everyone got on. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel

The Sky at Night

Moore Winter Marathon Results

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

To find out how everyone got on in Sir Patrick Moore's last Moore Winter Marathon, Chris Lintott and Lucie Green travel to the Kielder observatory. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Lucie Green
Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Chris North
Participant:
Jon Culshaw

The Sky at Night

The Sun King

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

The team are at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, to see how the sun affects our planet. Solar physicist Dr Lucie Green joins them to enjoy its historic telescopes. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Chris North
Participant:
Lucie Green

The Sky at Night

Reaching for the Stars

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One SouthLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

In this edition, recorded just before his death, Sir Patrick Moore and his team offer advice to those who are discovering astronomy for the very first time. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Chris North

The Sky at Night

The Story of Stuff

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Patrick Moore, Chris Lintott and Chris North find out what the universe is made of, from dark matter that shapes galaxies to minute particles that make up atoms. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Reporter:
Chris North
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons

The Sky at Night

Mercury and the Moon

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Patrick Moore talks about the latest news from Messenger, the spacecraft over Mercury. Chris Lintott looks at the legacy of the last moon mission, Apollo 17. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel

The Sky at Night

They Fall to Earth

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Lucie Green and Chris Lintott look at the Natural History Museum's meteorite collection and discuss the Russian impact. Jon Culshaw goes on a meteorite hunt. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Presenter:
Lucie Green
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Chris North
Reporter:
Jon Culshaw
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons

The Sky at Night

Curious about Mars

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Patrick Moore discusses the four faces of Mars and Chris Lintott finds out about the NASA mission Curiosity, which will look for signs of life on the planet. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Chris North

The Sky at Night

Outer Limits

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Patrick Moore discusses the ice giants Uranus and Neptune, while Arthur C Clarke talks about his vision of bases on the moon in a newly-found episode from 1963. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Reporter:
Chris Lintott
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons

The Sky at Night

Home-grown Observatories

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Amateur astronomers are out in their back-garden observatories looking at stars, galaxies and nebulae. The team visits some of them on their own turf. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Chris North

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

A European mission called JUICE will visit Jupiter and its moons Europa, Callisto and Ganymede. Patrick Moore finds out why the moons may harbour conditions suitable for life. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence

The Sky at Night

The Sun King

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

The team are at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, to see how the sun affects our planet. Solar physicist Dr Lucie Green joins them to enjoy its historic telescopes. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Chris North

The Sky at Night

Curious About Mars

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

As Mars returns to the night skies, Sir Patrick Moore discusses its four faces. Dr Chris Lintott finds out about Curiosity - a NASA mission to Mars. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Reporter:
Chris North
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons

The Sky at Night

Pegasus and Andromeda

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Sir Patrick Moore looks at the autumn constellations of Andromeda and Pegasus, which are full of interesting stars, nebulae and galaxies for astronomers. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Participant:
Tom Kerss
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons

The Sky at Night

Outer Limits

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Patrick Moore discusses the ice giants Uranus and Neptune, while Arthur C Clarke talks about his vision of bases on the moon in a newly-found episode from 1963. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Reporter:
Chris Lintott
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Participant:
Arthur C Clark
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons

Midweek

Emma Thompson, Richard Noble, Linda Thompson, Dr Paul Abel

Duration: 43 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Lively and diverse conversation as Libby Purves meets actor Emma Thompson, record breaker Richard Noble OBE, singer-songwriter Linda Thompson and astronomer Dr Paul Abel. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Libby Purves
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Thompson
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Noble
Interviewed Guest:
Linda Thompson
Interviewed Guest:
Paul G Abel

Brand

Midweek

The Sky at Night

Fatal Attraction

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Chris Lintott talks to the astronomer royal about black holes, the beating heart at the centre of galaxies which also have a destructive side. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Presenter:
Lucie Green
Participant:
Martin Rees
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Chris North
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons

The Sky at Night

Space Surgery Special

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

The team go camping at the Brecon Beacons star party and answer viewers' problems and queries about what to see in the night sky and how to use a telescope. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Presenter:
Lucie Green
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Chris North
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons

The Sky at Night

Home-Grown Observatories

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

The team visits some amateur astronomers in their back-garden observatories to find out what keeps them up late at night. Show more

Contributors

Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Chris North