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 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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(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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It's about the Soviets and Americans fight to Space
5 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This television series is probably the best ever written about the 'Space Race' by the Soviets and the Americans. I never know the full history behind the Soviets designer, Sergei Korolev. And after watching this it gives you the whole background knowledge you need ever. This is a series I would really recommend watching whether you are interested in Space or not as either way it is fulfilling. I liked the way that the actors playing Werner Von Braun and Sergei Korolev were precise and really made you think that it was really them. Although when you first learn about Space history all you learn about is the first man on the moon and I don't think that the Soviets really get a big a mention as the Americans as it was the Soviets who first got into Space as a start.This series takes you through from the first satellite into outer space to the landing of the first man on the moon. Great series I recommend it to anyone.

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