The First Men in the Moon (2010)

BBC Four has announced an adaptation of H.G. Wells' science fiction classic The First Men in the Moon as part of their fall lineup.


Rory Kinnear and Mark Gatiss
It's July 1969 and the Apollo 11 astronauts are about to make their historic Moon landing. But they are in for a surprise – somebody has beaten them to it.
Mark Gatiss ( Sherlock, S&S 2008) takes the lead role as Edwardian scientist Professor Cavor.
As the world waits for news of Apollo 11, a young boy meets 90-year-old Julius Bedford played by Rory Kinnear (Return to Cranford, Mansfield Park) who tells him an extraordinary story.As a young man back in 1909, Bedford happens across Professor Cavor, who has developed an amazing invention – Cavorite, which makes anything to which it is applied immune to gravity.
Recognising a miracle when he sees one, and with a keen eye on the potential profit, Bedford encourages Cavor to think big. The two men set about constructing a copper and cast-iron sphere, in which they intend to fly to the Moon.
What terrors await them in the lunar interior, and will they ever succeed in returning to Earth?
The cast also includes Alex Riddell who will play Jim, the inquisitive boy listening to Bedford's story. Jim's father is played by Peter Forbes and his mother by Katherine Jakeways. Lee Ingleby will play Chessocks, and Julia Deakin will play Mrs Fitt.

Source: BBC
Thanks to Judy at Costume Drama Reviews for heads up!

Airdates:
  1. Tue 19 Oct 2010
    21:00
  2. Wed 20 Oct 2010
    00:30
  3. Wed 20 Oct 2010
    00:30
  4. Sat 23 Oct 2010
    23:15
  5. Sun 24 Oct 2010
    02:45

6 comments:

  1. Hm, interesting! I've read quite a few of Wells's novels and liked most of them, but I haven't read this one yet.

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  2. The BBC, meh. But this is a good excuse to watch the 1964 movie version. Script by Nigel Kneale, creature effects by Harryhausen. Who needs Mark Gatiss playing it for (not very many) laughs?

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  3. Marian, I haven't read any of Wells' books but thought that this looked interesting!

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  4. Yes but when is this 2010 version of this classic comming to Britain.

    Silence is golden but has no one any idea.

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  5. BBC seems to wait to the last minute to let us know things...

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  6. Sigh...but when will it come to BBCAmerica, is *my * question????? I'm in Los Angeles!!!

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