Human Spaceflight

Moon mission

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 August, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 August, 1999, 12:00am

With the 30th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's historic moon walk just past and Nasa's recent attempt to discover if there is water on the moon, TVB should be commended for its timing of the series, From The Earth To The Moon (Pearl, 10.30pm).


While some may say the HBO-made series is American propaganda, it is also a fascinating look at the trials and tribulations encountered in the attempt to put the first man on the moon.


Executive producer Tom Hanks, the Academy Award-winning actor and self-confessed space buff, said he wanted to make the series because the Apollo missions 'were an evolutionary step for all of humanity'.


He said the difficulty in making the series was encapsulating all the behind-the-scenes action, which had happened over several years, into hour-long episodes.


'Andrew Chaikin's book, A Man On The Moon, chronicled every one of those missions. It's tough to do because most people would be fascinated by Apollo 11, and maybe Apollo 8, and not care about the other missions,' Hanks said.


'But each one of them accomplished things of stellar importance to humanity, and each one had moments fraught with incredible danger and hypothetical destruction. I thought that it begged to be put on film.' In tonight's episode, Apollo 13 malfunctions three days into its voyage. Brash young television reporter Brett Hutchins (Jay Mohr) senses a story which will boost his career although it puts him at odds with both Nasa and news anchor veteran Emmett Seaborn (Lane Smith).


Baseball may be foreign to most people in Hong Kong but it does not matter in Angels In The Outfield (Pearl, 8.30pm).


The Disney film is a remake of the 1951 original and tells the story of Roger, a young boy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) whose life has been shattered by his parents' divorce. When his father offhandedly remarks that he would return home if a dismal baseball team wins the championship, Roger prays for the team's victory.


Danny Glover stars as the grizzled baseball coach, and is supported by a strong cast in Taxi veterans Tony Danza and Christopher Lloyd as well as Matthew McConaughey and Oscar-winner Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot).


About the only people seen in Scotland wearing a kilt on a daily basis are American tourists. With a recent survey estimating there are more than 90 million people of Scottish descent worldwide, many tourists travel to the country each year to explore their roots, and Kinloch Lodge on the Isle of Skye is a popular destination.


On tonight's Europe A La Carte (World, 6.30pm), Lady Claire MacDonald prepares food which is native to this rugged part of the world and provides some history of the MacDonald Clan. As a Campbell, I doubt I would be welcomed.