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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 badcommand

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Release Date:

14 September 2005 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

O agonas gia tin kataktisi tou diastimatos  »

Box Office


€2,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Deborah Cadbury in her book Space Race, just a few days before three months of filming was to begin in Romania a truck containing all the props for filming was stolen in ilford, England. Among the props inside the truck were countless Nazi Uniforms, period Soviet and NASA space suits, a replica of the first Russian satellite and a life size V-2 rocket that when assembled was three stories high. See more »


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 »


Sergei Korolev: Without a rocket as powerful as the Saturn, we will *lose*
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Featured in MoonFaker: Carrying the Liar (2007) See more »

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Good TV movie, but it misses a lot of detail
9 June 2006 | by (Boston, MA, USA) – See all my reviews

Firstly I should say that I saw the US version of the miniseries - apparently this version has a different narrator than the English version. Why the creators felt that was necessary is beyond me - is an English accent all that distracting for Americans? I don't think so. The 'Walking with Dinosaurs' videos have the same problem, and are virtually ruined by poor quality narration for the American versions.

I liked this movie, but some things frustrated me.

I think the scriptwriter made a mistake in trying to cover both the US and Soviet efforts to land a man on the moon. I think the miniseries would have been better if it had concentrated on the Soviet side of things (as the US side has been virtually done to death). The Russian parts somehow seemed deeper to me - I don't know why - perhaps it was that the personalities were more likable, or maybe the acting was just a bit more nuanced. Anyway, I felt cheated whenever the action shifted to the US.

The movie is technically very good, with great special effects and good accents all around. When German is spoken it really sounds like German

  • none of the deeply accented German we're used to hearing with

British/American productions. The Russian also seems good, although my knowledge of the Russian language is not that good.

Where the movie really fails is in terms of the scope of the production: far too much is squeezed into four hours, and a great deal of important detail is lost. We get about five minutes covering Yuri Gagarin's flight, and less for Alexei Leonov's first space walk. Valentina Tereshkova's flight (the first female in space) is not even mentioned - in fact she doesn't get any mention at all - one is led to believe that all the cosmonauts were men. Similarly omitted is the Soviet lunar module. Basically the Russian side of things is basically ignored as Apollo gets off the ground. Finally, I felt the miniseries fizzled out - the US moon landing was covered very sketchily, and that was the end. I felt the film would have benefited if the Apollo-Soyuz mission was covered - that was, after all, the true end of the US-Soviet competition, and it would have ended the film on a note of hopefulness and international cooperation.

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