Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore CBE HonFRS FRAS (4 March
1923 – 9 December 2012) was an English amateur astronomer
who attained prominent status in that field as a writer, researcher,
radio commentator and television presenter.
Moore was President of the British Astronomical Association,
co-founder and president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, author
of over seventy books on astronomy, and presenter of the world's
longest-running television series with the same original presenter,
BBC's The Sky at Night. He became known as a specialist in Moon
observation and for creating the Caldwell catalogue. Idiosyncrasies
such as his rapid diction and monocle made him a popular and instantly
recognisable figure on British television.
Moore was also a self-taught xylophonist, glockenspiel player and
pianist, as well as an accomplished composer. He was an amateur
cricketer, golfer and chess player. In addition to many popular
science books, he wrote numerous works of fiction. He was an opponent
of fox hunting, an outspoken critic of the European Union, supporter
UK Independence Party
UK Independence Party and served as chairman of the short-lived
anti-immigration United Country Party. He served in the Royal Air
Force during World War II; he said his fiancée died during the war
and he subsequently never married or had children.
1 Early life
2 Career in astronomy
3 Activism and political beliefs
4 Other interests and popular culture
5 Honours and appointments
7 Film and television appearances
8 See also
10 External links
Moore was born in Pinner,
Middlesex on 4 March 1923 to Capt.
Charles Trachsel Caldwell-Moore MC (died 1947) and Gertrude (née
White) (died 1981). His family moved to Bognor Regis, and
East Grinstead where he spent his childhood. His youth
was marked by heart problems, which left him in poor health and he was
educated at home by private tutors. He developed an interest in
astronomy at the age of six and joined the British Astronomical
Association at the age of eleven. He was invited to run a small
East Grinstead at the age of 14, after his mentor –
who ran the observatory – was killed in a road accident. At the
age of 16 he began wearing a monocle after an oculist told him his
right eye was weaker than his left. Three years later, he began
wearing a full set of dentures.
During World War II, Moore joined the Home Guard in East Grinstead
where his father had been elected platoon commander. Despite
recounting in his autobiography that he had lied about his age to join
Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force in 1940 at age 16, records show that he
enlisted in the
Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in December 1941 at
age 18 and was not called up for service until July 1942 as an
Aircraftman, 2nd Class. After basic training at various RAF bases
in England, he went to Canada under the British Commonwealth Air
Training Plan and completed training at RAF Moncton in New Brunswick
as a navigator and pilot. In his biography, he claims to have met
Albert Einstein and Orville Wright while on leave in New York.
Returning to England in June 1944, he was commissioned as a pilot
officer and was posted to RAF
Millom in Cumbria, where he was a
navigator in the crew of a
Vickers Wellington bomber, engaged in
maritime patrolling and bombing missions to mainland Europe. After
the end of hostilities, Moore became an adjutant and then an Area
Meteorological Officer, finally demobilised in October 1945 with the
rank of flying officer.
The war had a significant influence on Moore's life – he said his
only romance ended when his fiancée Lorna, a nurse, was killed in
London in 1943 by a bomb which struck her ambulance. Moore
subsequently remarked that he never married because "there was no one
else for me ... second best is no good for me ... I would
have liked a wife and family, but it was not to be." In his
autobiography he said that after sixty years he still thought about
her, and because of her death "if I saw the entire German nation
sinking into the sea, I could be relied upon to help push it
down." In May 2012 he said to the
Radio Times magazine, "We must
take care. There may be another war. The Germans will try again, given
another chance". He also said, in the same interview, that "The only
good Kraut is a dead Kraut." However, some doubt has arisen over
Moore's account, as researchers have been unable to identify Lorna,
despite the meticulous records kept of wartime civilian
Moore said he was "exceptionally close" to his mother Gertrude, a
talented artist who shared his
Selsey home, which was decorated with
her paintings of "bogeys" – little friendly aliens – that she
produced and sent out annually as the Moores' Christmas cards.
Moore wrote the foreword for his mother's 1974 book, Mrs Moore In
Career in astronomy
After the war, Moore rejected a grant to study at the University of
Cambridge, citing a wish to "stand on my own two feet". He wrote
his first book, Guide to the
Moon (later retitled
Patrick Moore on the
Moon) in 1952 and it was published a year later. He wrote it on a
1908 Woodstock typewriter, which he used for every book he
published. He was a teacher in
Woking and at Holmewood House
School in Langton Green, from 1945 to 1953. His second book
was a translation of a work of French astronomer Gérard de
Vaucouleurs (Moore spoke fluent French). After his second original
science book, Guide to the Planets, he penned his first work of
fiction, The Master of the Moon, the first of numerous young adult
fiction space adventure books (including the late 1970s series the
Scott Saunders Space Adventure); he wrote a more adult novel and a
farce titled Ancient Lights, though he did not wish either to be
While teaching at Holmewood he set up a 12½ inch reflector telescope
at his home, which he kept into his old age. He developed a
particular interest in the far side of the Moon, a small part of which
is visible from Earth as a result of the Moon's libration; the Moon
was his specialist subject throughout his life. He claimed to have
discovered and named the
Mare Orientale (Eastern Sea) in 1946,
along with Hugh Percy Wilkins, though he later conceded that German
Julius Heinrich Franz should be credited with the
discovery. The feature had been observed several times since
telescopic observations began. Moore described the short-lived glowing
areas on the lunar surface, and gave them the name transient lunar
phenomena in 1968.
His first television appearance was in a debate about the existence of
flying saucers following a spate of reported sightings in the 1950s;
Moore argued against Lord Dowding and other UFO proponents. He was
invited to present a live astronomy programme and said the greatest
difficulty was finding an appropriate theme tune; the opening of Jean
Sibelius's Pelléas et Mélisande was chosen and used throughout the
programme's existence. The programme was originally named Star Map
The Sky at Night
The Sky at Night was chosen in the Radio Times. On 24 April
1957, at 10:30 pm, Moore presented the first episode about the Comet
Arend–Roland. The programme was pitched to casual viewers up to
professional astronomers, in a format which remained consistent from
its inception. Moore presented every monthly episode except for
one in July 2004 when he suffered a near-fatal bout of food poisoning
caused by eating a contaminated goose egg and was replaced for that
episode by Chris Lintott. Moore appears in the Guinness World
Records book as the world's longest-serving TV presenter having
presented the programme since 1957. From 2004 to 2012, the programme
was broadcast from Moore's home, when arthritis prevented him from
travelling to the studios. Over the years he received many lucrative
offers to take his programme onto other networks, but rejected them
because he held a 'gentlemen's agreement' with the BBC.
A highlight of the series in 1959 was when the Russians allowed Moore
to be the first Westerner to see the photographic results of the Luna
3 probe, and to show them live on air. Less successful was the
transmission of the
Luna 4 probe, which ran into technical
difficulties and around this time Moore famously swallowed a large
fly; both episodes were live and Moore had to continue regardless.
He was invited to visit the Soviet Union, where he met Yuri Gagarin,
the first man to journey into outer space. For the fiftieth
episode of The Sky at Night, in September 1961, Moore's attempt to be
the first to broadcast a live direct telescopic view of a planet
resulted in another unintended 'comedy episode', as cloud obscured the
Patrick Moore signing his book "The
Astronomy of Birr Castle" at NIHE
In 1965, he was appointed director of the newly constructed Armagh
Planetarium in Northern Ireland, a post he held until 1968. His
stay outside England was short partly because of the beginning of The
Troubles, a dispute Moore wanted no involvement in. He was
appointed Armagh County secretary of the Scout movement, but resigned
after being informed that Catholics could not be admitted. In
developing the Planetarium, Moore travelled to Japan to secure a Goto
Mars projector. He helped with the redevelopment of the Birr
Telescope in the Republic of Ireland. He was a key figure in the
development of the
Herschel Museum of Astronomy
Herschel Museum of Astronomy in Bath.
In June 1968 he returned to England, settling in
resigning his post in Armagh. During the
NASA Apollo programme,
presenting on the
Apollo 8 mission, he said that "this is one of the
great moments of human history", only to have his broadcast
interrupted by the children's programme Jackanory. He was a
presenter for the
Apollo 9 and
Apollo 10 missions, and a commenter,
Cliff Michelmore and James Burke, for
BBC television's coverage
Moon landing missions. Moore could not remember his words
at the "Eagle has landed" moment, and the
BBC has lost the tapes of
the broadcast. A homemade recording reveals that the studio team
was very quiet during the landing sequence, leaving the NASA
commentary clear of interruptions. Some 14 seconds after "contact"
Burke says "They've touched". At 36 seconds he says "Eagle has
landed". Between 53 and 62 seconds he explains the upcoming
stay/no-stay decision and
NASA announces the T1 stay at 90 seconds
after contact. At 100 seconds the recorded sequence ends. Thus any
real-time comment Moore made was not broadcast live and the recording
ends before Burke polls the studio team for comment and reaction.
Moore participated in TV coverage of Apollo missions 12 to 17.
"Patrick was the last of a lost generation, a true gentleman, the most
generous in nature that I ever knew, and an inspiration to thousands
in his personal life, and to millions through his 50 years of unique
broadcasting. It's no exaggeration to say that Patrick, in his
tireless and ebullient communication of the magic of astronomy,
inspired every British astronomer, amateur and professional, for half
a century. There will never be another Patrick Moore. But we were
lucky enough to get one."
— Brian May, speaking shortly after Moore's death
He was elected a member of the
International Astronomical Union
International Astronomical Union in
1966; having twice edited the Union's General Assembly
newsletters. He attempted to establish an International Union of
Amateur Astronomers, which failed due to lack of interest. During
the 1970s and 80s, he reported on the Voyager and Pioneer programs,
NASA headquarters. At this time he became increasingly
annoyed by conspiracy theorists and reporters who asked him questions
such as "Why waste money on space research when there is so much to be
done here?". He said that when asked these type of questions "I know
that I'm dealing with an idiot." Another question that annoyed him
was "what is the difference between astronomy and astrology?"
Despite this he made a point of responding to all letters delivered to
his house, and sent a variety of standard replies to letters asking
basic questions, as well as those from conspiracy theorists,
proponents of hunting and 'cranks'. Despite his fame, his
telephone number was always listed in the telephone directory and he
was happy to show members of the public his observatory.
He compiled the
Caldwell catalogue of astronomical objects and in
2602 Moore was named in his honour. In February
1986 he presented a special episode of
The Sky at Night
The Sky at Night on the
approach of Halley's Comet, though he later said the BBC's
better-funded Horizon team "made a complete hash of the
programme." In January 1998, a tornado destroyed part of Moore's
garden observatory; it was subsequently rebuilt. Moore campaigned
unsuccessfully against the closure of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich
in 1998. Among Moore's favourite episodes of
The Sky at Night
The Sky at Night were
those that dealt with eclipses, and he said "there is nothing in
nature to match the glory of a total eclipse of the Sun."
Moore was a
BBC presenter for the total eclipse in England in 1999,
though the view he and his team had from
Cornwall was obscured by
cloud. Moore was the patron of the South Downs Planetarium &
Science Centre, which opened in 2001.
Moore with his co-presenter
Chris Lintott and Brian May,
astrophysicist and Queen guitarist, at AstroFest in 2007
On 1 April 2007, a 50th anniversary semi-spoof edition of the
programme was broadcast on
BBC One, with Moore depicted as a Time Lord
and featured special guests, amateur astronomers Jon Culshaw
(impersonating Moore presenting the first The Sky at Night) and Brian
May. On 6 May 2007, a special edition of
The Sky at Night
The Sky at Night was
BBC One, to commemorate the programme's 50th anniversary,
with a party in Moore's garden at Selsey, attended by amateur and
professional astronomers. Moore celebrated the record-breaking 700th
The Sky at Night
The Sky at Night at his home in Sussex on 6 March 2011. He
presented with the help of special guests Professor Brian Cox, Jon
Culshaw and Lord Rees, the Astronomer Royal.
It was reported in January 2012 that because of arthritis and the
effects of an old spinal injury he was no longer able to operate a
telescope. However, he was still able to present
The Sky at Night
The Sky at Night from
He died aged 89 at 12:25 p.m. on 9 December 2012 at his home in
Selsey, West Sussex.
On 9 December 2014 it was reported that the
Science Museum, London
Science Museum, London had
acquired a large collection of Patrick Moore's objects and manuscripts
and memorabilia, including
The Sky at Night
The Sky at Night scripts, and about 70 of
his observation books, over more than 60 years, and manuscripts for
astronomy and fiction books, and a 12.5 inch reflecting telescope.
Activism and political beliefs
Moore was known for his conservative political views. In the 1970s, he
was chairman of the anti-immigration United Country Party, a position
he held until the party was absorbed by the
New Britain Party in 1980.
He campaigned for the politician Edmund Iremonger at the 1979 general
election, as they agreed the French and Germans were not to be
trusted. Iremonger and Moore gave up political campaigning after
deciding they were Thatcherites. Moore campaigned on behalf of
Douglas Denny (UKIP) for the
Chichester constituency in 2001. A
Eurosceptic, he was a supporter and patron of the UK Independence
Moore briefly supported the Liberal Party in the 1950s, though
condemned the Liberal Democrats, saying he believed they could alter
their position radically and that they "would happily join up with the
BNP or the Socialist Workers Party ... if [by doing so] they
could win a few extra votes." He admired the Official Monster
Raving Loony Party and was briefly their financial adviser. He
wrote in his autobiography that
Liechtenstein – a constitutional
monarchy headed by a prince – had the best political system in the
world. Moore was a critic of the Iraq War, and said "the world
was a safer place when
Ronald Reagan was in the White House".
Proudly declaring himself to be English (rather than British) with
"not the slightest wish to integrate with anybody", he stated his
admiration for controversial MP Enoch Powell. Moore devoted an
entire chapter ("The Weak Arm of the Law") of his autobiography to
denouncing modern British society, particularly "motorist-hunting"
policemen, sentencing policy, the Race Relations Act, Sex
Discrimination Act and the "Thought Police/Politically Correct
Brigade". He wrote that "homosexuals are mainly responsible for
the spreading of AIDS (the
Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden is home of Adam and Eve, not
Adam and Steve)".
In an interview with Radio Times, he said the
BBC was being "ruined by
women", commenting that: "The trouble is that the
BBC now is run by
women and it shows: soap operas, cooking, quizzes, kitchen-sink plays.
You wouldn't have had that in the golden days." In response, a BBC
spokeswoman described Moore as being one of TV's best-loved figures
and remarked that his "forthright" views were "what we all love about
him". During his June 2002 appearance on Room 101 he banished
female newsreaders into Room 101.
"I may be accused of being a dinosaur, but I would remind you that
dinosaurs ruled the Earth for a very long time."
— Moore responds to those who criticise his right-wing
Moore cited his opposition to fox hunting, blood sports and capital
punishment to rebut claims that he had ultra right-wing views.
Though not a vegetarian, he held "a deep contempt for people who go
out to kill merely to amuse themselves." He was an animal lover,
supporting many animal welfare charities (particularly Cats
Protection). He had a particular affinity for cats and stated that "a
catless house is a soulless house".
Moore was opposed to astronomy being taught in schools. In an
interview he said:
You see, anyone who is interested in astronomy will gravitate to it,
as I did. If you start teaching it as a school subject, it's going to
be taught badly, like everything else these days, and enthusiasm is
going to be killed."
Other interests and popular culture
Because of his long-running television career and eccentric demeanour,
Moore was widely recognised and became a popular public figure. In
1976 it was used to good effect for an
April Fools' Day
April Fools' Day spoof on BBC
Radio 2, when Moore announced a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event
that meant that if listeners could jump at that exact moment, 9.47
a.m. they would experience a temporary sensation of
BBC received many telephone calls from
listeners alleging they experienced the sensation. He was a key
figure in the establishment of the
International Birdman event in
Bognor Regis, which was initially held in Selsey.
Moore appeared in other television and radio shows, including Just a
Minute and, from 1992 until 1998, playing the role of
the television show of the same name: a character who professed to
know everything there is to know about video gaming. He would
issue video game challenges and answered questions on cheats and tips.
The show's host, Dominik Diamond, claimed that Moore did not
understand anything that he said on the show, yet managed to record
his contributions in single takes.
Moore was a keen amateur actor, appearing in local plays. He
appeared in self-parodying roles, in several episodes of The Goodies
and on the
Morecambe and Wise
Morecambe and Wise show, and broadcast with Kenneth Horne
only a few days before Horne's death. He had a minor role in the
fourth radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and a
lead role in the Radio 1 sci-fi BBC/20th Century Fox radio play,
Independence Day UK in which amongst other things, Moore fills in as a
navigator. He appeared in It's a Celebrity Knockout, Blankety Blank
and Face the Music. He appeared on television at least once in a film
prop space suit.
He expressed appreciation for the science fiction television series
Doctor Who and Star Trek, but stated that he had stopped watching when
"they went PC - making women commanders, that kind of thing".
Despite this he subsequently made a cameo appearance in the Doctor Who
episode "The Eleventh Hour" in 2010, which was Matt Smith's debut as
the Eleventh Doctor. In the 1960s, Moore had been approached by
Doctor Who story editor Gerry Davis to act as a scientific advisor
on the series to help with the accuracy of stories, a position
ultimately taken by Kit Pedler.
A keen amateur chess player, Moore carried a pocket set and was vice
president of Sussex Junior Chess Association. In 2003, he
presented Sussex Junior David Howell with the best young chess player
award on Carlton Television's Britain's Brilliant Prodigies show.
Moore had represented Sussex in his youth.
Moore was an enthusiastic amateur cricketer, playing for the Selsey
Cricket Club well into his seventies. He played for the Lord's
Taverners, a cricketing charity team, as a bowler with an unorthodox
action. Though an accomplished leg spin bowler, he was a number 11
batsman and a poor fielder. The jacket notes to his book "Suns,
Myths and Men" (1968) said his hobbies included "chess, which he plays
with a peculiar leg-spin, and cricket." He played golf, and won a
Pro-Am competition in
Southampton in 1975.
Until forced to give up because of arthritis, Moore was a keen pianist
and accomplished xylophone player, having first played the instrument
at the age of 13. He composed a substantial corpus of works,
including two operettas. Moore had a ballet, Lyra's Dream,
written to his music. He performed at a Royal Command Performance, and
performed a duet with Evelyn Glennie.
In 1998, as a guest on Have I Got News for You, he accompanied the
show's closing theme tune on the xylophone and as a pianist, he once
Albert Einstein playing The Swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
on the violin (no recording was made). In 1981 he performed a
solo xylophone rendition of the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K." in
a Royal Variety Performance. He did not enjoy most popular music:
when played ten modern rock songs by such artists as Hawkwind, Muse
and Pink Floyd, in a 2009 interview with journalist Joel McIver, he
explained, "To my ear, all these songs are universally awful."
Before encountering health problems he was an extensive traveller, and
had visited all seven continents, including Antarctica; he said his
favourite two countries were
Iceland and Norway. On 7 March 2006
he was hospitalised and fitted with a pacemaker because of a cardiac
He was a friend of Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May, who
was an occasional guest on The Sky at Night. May bought Moore's
Selsey home in 2008, leasing it back to him for a peppercorn rent the
same day to provide financial security. May, Moore and Chris
Lintott co-wrote a book Bang! The Complete History of the Universe. In
February 2011, Moore completed (with Robin Rees and Iain Nicolson) his
comprehensive Patrick Moore's Data Book of
Astronomy for Cambridge
University Press. In 1986 he was identified as the co-author of a book
published in 1954 called Flying Saucer from Mars, attributed to Cedric
Allingham, which was intended as a money-making venture and practical
joke on UFO believers; Moore never admitted his involvement. He
once joined the Flat Earth Society as an ironic joke.
Moore believed himself to be the only person to have met the first
aviator, Orville Wright, the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, and the
first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.
In March 2015,
BBC Radio 4 broadcast a 45-minute play based on the
life of Moore, The Far Side of the Moore by Sean Grundy, starring Tom
Hollander as Moore and
Patricia Hodge as his mother.
Honours and appointments
In 1945, Moore was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
(FRAS), and in 1977 he was awarded the society's Jackson-Gwilt Medal.
In 1968, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British
Empire (OBE) and promoted to a Commander of the same Order (CBE) in
1988. In 1999 he became the Honorary President of the East Sussex
Astronomical Society, a position he held until his death. Moore was
knighted for "services to the popularisation of science and to
broadcasting" in 2001.
In 2001, he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society
(HonFRS), the only amateur astronomer ever to achieve the
distinction. In June 2002, he was appointed as the Honorary
Vice-President of the Society for the History of Astronomy. Also in
Buzz Aldrin presented him with a British Academy of Film and
Television Arts (BAFTA) award for services to television. He was
Torquay Boys' Grammar School
Torquay Boys' Grammar School in south Devon. Moore had a
long association with the
University of Leicester
University of Leicester and its Department
of Physics and Astronomy, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of
Science (HonDSc) degree in 1996 and a Distinguished Honorary
Fellowship in 2008, the highest award that the university can
In 2009, after saving
Airdrie Public Observatory
Airdrie Public Observatory from closure in 2002,
Moore accepted the position of Honorary President of Airdrie
Astronomical Association, a position which he held until his death.
Moore wrote many popular books. The website
Astronomy Now Online
estimates that he published over a thousand books on popular science,
including all known editions and reprints. From 1962 to 2011 he
also edited the long running Yearbook of Astronomy, published
annually; and was editor on many other science books in that period.
He also wrote science fiction novels for children; and, under the pen
name R T Fishall, he wrote humorous works. Therefore, the list
below is not exhaustive:
A Guide to the Moon, 1953, ISBN 978-0-393-06414-8
Mission to Mars, 1955
The Voices of Mars, 1957
A Guide to the Planets, 1960, ISBN 0-393-06319-4
Stars and Space, 1960
A Guide to the Stars, 1960,
Library of Congress
Library of Congress Catalog Card No.
Oxford Children's Reference Library Book 2: Exploring the World, 1966
The Amateur Astronomer's Glossary, 1966 (reprinted as The A-Z of
Moon Flight Atlas, 1969
Observer's Book of Astronomy, 1971, ISBN 0-7232-1524-3
Challenge of the Stars, 1972, ISBN 0528830457
Can You Speak Venusian?, 1972, ISBN 0-352-39776-4
Next Fifty Years in Space, 1976, ISBN 0-86002-033-9
Astronomy Quiz Book, 1978, ISBN 0-552-54132-X
The Scott Saunders series (six juvenile science fiction novels), late
Bureaucrats: How to Annoy Them (humour) (writing as R.T.Fishall),
1982, ISBN 0-09-929370-6
New Observer's Book of Astronomy, 1983, ISBN 0-7232-1646-0
Armchair Astronomy, 1984, ISBN 0-85059-718-8
Travellers in Space and Time, 1984, ISBN 0-385-19051-4
Astronomy Without A Telescope, 1985,
Explorers of Space, 1986, ISBN 0-86134-092-2
Astronomy Encyclopaedia, 1987, ISBN 0-85533-604-8
Astronomers' Stars, 1987, ISBN 0-393-02663-9
Television Astronomer: Thirty Years of the "Sky at Night", 1987,
Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars, 1988, ISBN 0-521-36866-9
Space Travel for the Under Tens, 1988, ISBN 0-540-01179-7
Mission to the Planets, 1991, ISBN 0-304-34088-X
New Guide to the Planets, 1993, ISBN 0-283-06145-6
The Sun and the
Moon (Starry Sky), 1996, ISBN 0-09-967911-6
The Guinness Book of Astronomy, 1995, ISBN 0-85112-643-X
The Stars (Starry Sky), 1996, ISBN 0-09-967881-0
The Sun and the
Moon (Starry Sky), 1996, ISBN 0-09-967911-6
The Planets (Starry Sky), 1996, ISBN 0-09-967891-8
Eyes on the Universe: Story of the Telescope, 1997,
Exploring the Earth and Moon, 1997, ISBN 1-85361-447-5
Philip's Guide to Stars and Planets, 1997, ISBN 0-540-07235-4
Brilliant Stars, 1997, ISBN 0-304-34972-0
Patrick Moore on Mars, 1998, ISBN 0-304-35069-9
Patrick Moore's Guide to the 1999 Total
Eclipse , 1999,
Countdown!, or, How nigh is the end?, 1999, ISBN 0-7181-2291-7
The Star of Bethlehem, 2001, ISBN 0-9537868-2-X
80 Not Out: The Autobiography, 2003, ISBN 978-0-7509-4014-6
2004 The Yearbook of Astronomy, 2003, ISBN 0-333-98941-4 (editor)
Our Universe: Facts, Figures and Fun, 2007, ISBN 1-904332-41-2
Film and television appearances
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The Sky at Night
Himself - Presenter
721 editions, Programme 1 (24 April 1957) - Programme 721 (7 January
2 editions, Broadcast 5 January 1959 & 20 April 1959
The Master (TV short)
Apollo (TV series)
Various editions: Co-presenter (with James Burke) on series presenting
BBC television's coverage of NASA's
Apollo 8 and
Apollo 11 missions to
the Moon, broadcast between Dec 1968 and July 1969
Score with the Scaffold
2 editions, Episode #1.7 (1970) & Episode #1.2 (1970)
1 episode, Episode #2.5 (1972)
1 edition, Kohoutek: A Space Odyssey of Our Time (1973); Science
documentary feature about Comet Kohoutek
This Is Your Life
Goodies Rule - O.K.?
The Goodies Christmas
Special 1975, one-off
Just a Minute
Himself - Panellist
1 episode of Radio panel game (1976)
The Morecambe & Wise Show
Chorus - Fred and Ginger sketch / Sky At Night Host / Himself
3 episodes, 1971 Christmas Show (1971), Episode #9.2 (1976), &
1977 Christmas Show (1977)
Saturday Night at the Mill
Himself - Interviewee
1 episode, Episode #3.8 (1978); Guest on TV talk show
Lennie and Jerry
1 episode, Episode #2.5 (1979)
It's a Knockout
1 edition, It's a Celebrity Knockout (1979)
Face the Music
Himself - Panellist
6 Episodes, Episode dated 14 October 1979, Episode dated 21 November
1976, Episode dated 3 December 1975, Episode dated 15 July 1974 &
Episode dated 13 May 1974
5 episodes, Animals (1980), U-Friend or UFO (1980), Punky Business
(1977), Lighthouse Keeping Loonies (1975) & Invasion of the Moon
Himself - Panellist
3 episodes, Episode #6.15 (1983), Episode #3.16 (1980) & Episode
Children in Need
2 episodes, Episode dated 22 November (1985) & Episode dated 25
Living Proof (TV series documentary)
1 episode, Round Britain Whizz (1986)
Television: The Magic Rectangle - An Anatomy of the TV Personality
Aspel & Company
1 episode, Episode #5.2 (1988)
The Groovy Fellers
1 episode, Episode #1.6 (1989)
The Noel Edmonds Saturday Roadshow
1 episode, Episode dated 16 September (1989)
Himself - Interviewee
1 episode, Episode dated 28 October (1990)
1 episode, Episode #3.2 (1992)
Clive Anderson Talks Back
1 episode, Episode #9.3 (1994)
Himself - Panellist
2 episodes, Episode dated 7 July (1995) & Episode dated 1 January
The Selection Box
1 episode, Dad's Army (1997)
It'll Never Work?
2 episodes, Design Awards (1997) & Design Awards (1996)
Ant & Dec Unzipped
1 episode, The Dating Agency (1997)
The End of the Year Show
1 episode, Episode #1.3 (1997)
126 episodes, Episode 1 (7 January 1992) - Episode 126 (3 February
Red Dwarf A-Z (TV movie)
Have I Got News for You
1 episode, Episode #15.4 (1998)
1 episode, Episode #13.14 (1998)
McCoist and MacAulay
1 episode, Episode dated 12 November (1998)
Original Copies (short)
Live & Kicking
1 episode, Episode dated 13 February (1999)
Eclipse Live (TV special)
The 100 Greatest TV Moments
I Love 1970's
1 episode, I Love 1977 (2000)
Alter Ego (TV short)
Our House (TV series)
1 episode, Episode #8.6 (2001)
2 episodes, The Pooters (2002) & Trigger Happy TV (1998)
Heroes of Comedy
1 episode, Mike Yarwood (2002)
1 episode, Episode dated 21 March (2002)
1 episode, Episode #7.5 (2002)
The Annual BARFTA Awards (TV special)
1 episode, Episode #1.6 (2002)
The Truth Behind the
Moon Landings: Stranger Than Fiction (TV
1 episode, Episode dated 6 March (2003)
1 episode, Episode dated 15 January (2004)
The British UFO Files (TV Movie)
1 episode, Episode dated 25 July 2004
1 episode, Episode dated 14 January 2005 (2005)
Richard & Judy
1 episode, Episode dated 21 February (2005)
Top 50 Greatest Celebrity Animals (TV documentary)
Patrick Moore (DVD autobiography)
We Love 'The Sky at Night' (TV documentary)
1 episode, Episode #57.91 (2007)
Time Shift (TV series documentary)
1 episode, Star Men (2007)
Those Were the Days (TV series documentary)
1 episode, 1969
Moon Landing (2008) ... Himself
Naming Pluto (documentary short)
1 episode, Kill Jill (2009)
Chris Moyles' Quiz Night
1 episode, John Barrowman, Keith Allen and Patsy Palmer (2009)
1 episode, The Eleventh Hour (2010)
Mad and Bad: 60 Years of Science on TV (TV documentary)
Destination Titan (TV documentary)
That Sunday Night Show
1 episode, Episode #2.1 (2011)
Stargazing Live: Back to Earth (TV series)
3 episodes, Episode #1.3 (2012), Episode #1.2 (2012) & Episode
Jack Horkheimer, host of the American astronomy show Jack Horkheimer:
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