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Sky at Night, The

SMALL SCREEN equivalent of the Galapagos Island tortoise. Only ever been the one host, but PATRICK MOORE still makes astronomy seem both unerringly dull and annoyingly scary at the same time, even after 50 glorious years. Numerous spin-offs and specials also aired, coinciding with virtually every single development in space exploration over the past half-century, including first Moon landings (later wiped by cack-handed Beeb techies), comet sightings, eclipses, probes, shuttles, satellites etc. Still showing every month, shoved at out somewhere round 1am, to the glockenspiel galumpher’s increasing tetchiness. Recent 50th birthday edition featured special guest star BRIAN MAY inexplicably dressed up as a 150-year-old Moore.



  1. Glenn A

    June 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Ever get the impression Patrick Moore looks like the mad professor out of A VIew To A Kill in this photograph?

  2. David Pascoe

    June 20, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    The Beeb are evidently paving the way for what to do in this show once Patrick makes his own merry way into the stars. Format now has him introducing, interviewing and linking while any number of younger astronomers do all the outdoor stuff.

    I had always assumed that Heather Couper would become the next host, but given the BBC’s prevalence for “names”, it will probably go to Brian May.

  3. Mr Grimsdale

    June 21, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Take a look at Sir Patrick Moore doing his thing, and then take a look at Paul Whitehouse doing the character Rowley Birkin QC.

    Now tell me they aren’t related

  4. paulus - bangkok

    June 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Longevity and intrisically British… good on you Sir Patrick Morre

  5. Alan B

    June 24, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    The legendary Patrick Moore. The only man in the world who can wear a suit that is simultaneously two sizes too big and two sizes too small.

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