Moonshot - the book

First comes book, then comes movie, then comes DVD in the DVD case. Let's start with the book, published in May 2009 - Moonshot: The Inside Story of Mankind's Greatest Adventure by Dan Parry.

From the 4 star Time Out review by Peter Watts:
"'It was the arduous ordeal of defecation that really tested the men's resolve.' It's sentences like that which make this look at the first moon landing such a page-turner. Constructed as artfully as the Saturn V rocket that shot Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins out of the Earth's atmosphere 40 years ago, Moonshot dovetails passages covering the history of the space race up to 1969 with terrific reportage of the Apollo 11 mission itself, from launchpad to splashdown."

The story, as author Dan Parry tells it, is so compelling that a major TV drama was screaming to be made. How perfect that Parry is also Head of Research at Dangerous Films, a leading independent production company. Formed in 2003, it has produced the television events 9/11-The Twin Towers, Diana - The Last Days of a Princess, D-Day 6.6.44 and Emmy-nominated Human Body - Pushing the Limits.

So in May/June 2008 Dan Parry, the Dangerous Films team and cast which included Daniel Lapaine as Armstrong, James Marsters as Aldrin, Andrew Lincoln as Collins (and me as Collins' wife, Pat), traveled to Lithuania to shoot Moonshot, a major TV factual-drama inspired by the book.

Now, just over a year later, ITV is about to unveil the fruits of our labor. Next month (exact date TBA) Moonshot will be broadcast internationally. I, for one, am thrilled to finally see it! Stay tuned for details.


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