UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned the multi-platform Moon Landing Live from London-based factual prodco 72 Films.
Made up of two feature documentaries, several short films and online content, Moon Landing Live commemorates the Apollo 11 mission – which saw humans walking on the moon in July 1969 – on the NASA mission’s 50th anniversary.
Bringing together archival news content from around the world as well as exclusive NASA footage, the project walks viewers through the mission, offering the impression of experiencing the historic event in real time, including six days of tweets (from launch to landing), offering historical updates on the mission as it unfolded back in 1969.
Additionally, five three-minute films will air after Channel 4 News on the week between launch day (Sunday) and landing day (the following Saturday) with an update on the mission from that day.
“From the launch to the landing, our audience will experience, across several platforms, the Apollo 11 mission,” said Danny Horan, C4 head of factual, in a statement. “Bold and ambitious, this speaks to our desire to look at events in history with a sharp focus to engage a new audience.”
“The exciting thing is to try to get viewers in 2019 into a similar headspace as those in 1969,” added David Glover, EP for 72 Films.
Moon Landing Live will air in July 2019.