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Moon Launch Live - Channel 4

People in front of a TV shop in Germany watch the launch
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In Moon Launch Live Apollo 11's journey to the moon is brought back to life for a 50th-anniversary celebration

In Moon Launch Live, Channel 4 transports us back 50 years to 16 July 1969 and that amazing moment when three US astronauts were blasted into space – destination the Moon.

Many of the 500 million watching around the world were awestruck that such a monumental feat could have been achieved in their lifetime (many conpiracy theorists still believe it never actually happened!).

But with the aid of NASA archive, global TV footage, and adverts and news reports from the era, those of us who weren’t born then can now experience the excitement of launch day and that epic countdown.

A television grab of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin becoming the first humans to step onto the Moon

People worldwide were glued to their TVs waiting for this moment

"We want to try to get today’s viewers into a similar head space as those in 1969," the show's executive producer, David Glover, told TV Times.

"I’ve worked on a few series where we tried to turn real history into a sort of boxset drama. But with this we’re solely using archive footage to make it as immersive as possible for modern audiences.

"It was voted the most memorable TV moment ever in a C4 poll and it’s impossible to overstate how much it meant to people all over the world.

"We have footage of people cheering in Japan, Africa – even some on the streets of Russia."

TV Times rating: ****