ABC TV’s new locally produced 6 part documentary series Voyage To The Planets offers the viewer a chance to imagine they have gone on a journey to explore our outer solar system, giving them a guide to what’s needed to be prepared for the trip and living on the planet.
Have you ever dreamed of going somewhere special? Far from the crowds and off the beaten track … it’s possible to take the Road Less Travelled on Earth but going off-world is not so easy.
Catching a rocket to the red planet Mars and seeing some of the most barren scenery in the whole solar system would be fun and that’s where the first episode of the ABC TV media preview DVD took me, revealing interesting issues like having to design space suits and habitats which stop the fine red martian dust from entering.
We then travelled further and further away from Earth towards the outer limits of our solar system and beyond as the series progressed with episodes featuring Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, Venus, Mercury and the asteroid belt containing the Planetoid Pluto.
Most documentaries shown on Australian TV have an American or British voiceover so well done to the production company for choosing Australian actor/director Richard Roxburgh (Blue Murder, Hamlet, Romulus My Father) as the narrator. The soundtrack is energetic without getting in the way of narration, it reminded me of the soundtrack in the recent Bourne trilogy movies based on Robert Ludlam’s novels.
Voyage To The Planets is sure to have a broad appeal, with children for whom Space & Dinosaurs are perennial favorites as well as adults who want to learn more about our planetary neighbours.
It is of course a given that space/astronomy enthusiasts like me will enjoy the series as we have movies in our collection like Star Trek, Star Wars and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and wish that humankind was still putting serious efforts into exploring the Universe as we did decades ago with satellite surveyors like the Voyager missions to interstellar space as well as manned missions to the moon.
Voyage To The Planets is broadcast in 6 one hour weekly episodes on ABC1 TV from Thursday May 13th at 830pm onwards and will most likely appear in ABC shops on DVD/Bluray in the near future. Visit the program website for more educational information about our Solar System.