Far side of the Moore

How did Patrick Moore bring The Sky at Night to our screens?

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Far Side of the Moore, a radio play broadcast on BBC Radio 4, tells the story of the life of Sir Patrick Moore.

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The programme starts at the commissioning of the now iconic The Sky at Night, which first broadcast in April 1957 and has been on air almost constantly ever since.

But the beginning of The Sky at Night was not easy.

Having presented a show about flying saucers in 1956, Patrick Moore petitioned the BBC with a series of letters to let him have a regular show about that month’s stars.

It worked, and he was given a slot that would soon propel him to become one of the most recognised presenters on British television.

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To read the full story, download the PDF of our feature on the birth of The Sky at Night wrote to the BBC, featuring copies of the letters Sir Patrick Moore wrote to the BBC.