The BBC's Space Race is a documentary/drama chronicling the major events and characters in the American/Soviet space race, leading up to the first moon landing. The series concentrates on ... See full summary »
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The BBC's Space Race is a documentary/drama chronicling the major events and characters in the American/Soviet space race, leading up to the first moon landing. The series concentrates on Sergei Korolev, the Soviet chief rocket designer, and Wernher von Braun, his American counterpart, as their rivalry intensifies and the pressure to be the first builds. Written by
The narrator twice says that the Mercury-Redstone could put an astronaut into orbit. The best the Mercury-Redstone could do was put an astronaut into a 15-minute ballistic trajectory which peaked out around 120 miles up. No orbit. See more »
The BBC have shown that the as-yet-to-mature genre of 'docudrama' can compete with the best their is to offer from either of its parent genres. The script was tight - and by that I mean sounding like what real people might actually have said - and the acting of a good standard. I do not confess to know the intricate details of the actual American-Soviet space race, but suspect the scriptwriters distilled the story to just the right level, allowing for an understanding of the larger issues without losing a sense of the real people behind the events. My only complaint: perhaps a little more of the budget could have been directed toward the CGI sequences.....? Informative and watchable, I look forward to the BBC's next foray into the world of docudrama.
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