Channel 4 has commissioned Moon Landing Live from 72 Films for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission for July 2019. It’s a multi-platform commission, incorporating two major documentaries, several short films and online content.

Sourcing news archive from around the world as well as exclusive NASA footage, and testimony from those who were there, the documentaries will tell the story of the historical feat while giving the viewer the feeling of following the event in real time.

The aim of the project is to immerse viewers in what happened during the launch, and the landing on the Moon. Included will be a Twitter takeover – six days between the launch and landing – updates will be tweeted out of the mission as they happened at that time of day leading up to the historic event. Additionally, 5 x 3 min films will go out after Channel 4 News on the week between launch day (Sunday) and landing day (following Saturday) with an update on the mission from that day.

Head of Factual, Danny Horan, said: “From the launch to the landing, our audience will experience, across several platforms, the Apollo 11 mission. Bold and ambitious, this speaks to our desire to look at events in history with a sharp focus to engage a new audience”.

Executive Producer for 72 Films, David Glover, said: “The exciting thing is to try to get viewers in 2019 into a similar headspace as those in 1969.”

Jon Creamer

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