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Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-06-2014 11:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Following the splashdown of Apollo 17, the BBC broadcast a documentary about the Apollo program later that same evening.

I cannot for the life of me remember the title, though I watched it avidly at the time.

Can anybody put me out of my misery and conjure up the title of the broadcast in question?

minipci
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posted 04-07-2014 03:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for minipci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was it "The End of the Beginning" by James Burke perhaps?

tetrox
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posted 04-07-2014 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tetrox   Click Here to Email tetrox     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For years I have wondered about a documentary narrated by James Burke at around this time on the BBC which I recorded on an old Grundig reel to reel machine and used to play over and over.

The programme as I recall documented the manned space effort from the early days and was backed by music from the more uplifting parts of the "Planet Suite."

I'm wondering if this could be the same broadcast?

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-07-2014 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was kind of hoping it would be on YouTube somewhere... but I can't seem to find it.

moorouge
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posted 04-07-2014 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rick - a list James Burke's programmes can be found on Wikipedia. "The End of the Beginning" is listed as a 1972 production. Does this help?

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-07-2014 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the pointer Eddie. I still don't seem to find the programme to view online. Shame.

dave
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posted 04-13-2014 05:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dave   Click Here to Email dave     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The show was "The End of the Beginning" and it was aired at 01.20 am on BBC1 prior to the (delayed) launch coverage on December 7, 1972 and not after the splashdown, I have a very good audio recording on CD if interested. From the Radio Times:

garymilgrom
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posted 04-13-2014 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would be interested in an audio copy. Can you turn the CD copy into a digital file? If not I'd gladly pay for another CD and shipping to USA. Thanks.

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