The 21st Century Race For Space


The 21st Century Race For Space is a co-production between Sundog Pictures and Voltage TV produced for the BBC and Smithsonian and presented by Professor Brian Cox, a multiple award-winning broadcaster and particle physicist from the University of Manchester and a member of the ATLAS collaboration at CERN. This film will follow Brian as he explores the commercial space travel industry, discovering how in just under 100 years we have gone from the first manned air flight to the very real prospect of privately owned space tourism and exploration.


Brian will meet the entrepreneurs and engineers designing and building space craft, talk to future space tourists and go behind the scenes of an industry determined to make commercial space flight more accessible than ever before.


The documentary will be broadcast by the BBC in the UK and it will be distributed by BBC worldwide in all of its territories. It will also feature as a learning programme for The Open University in the UK, and be broadcast on the Smithsonian channel in the USA and Caribbean.


Catch up now on BBC iPlayer here.


First broadcast: 5th September 2017 – 9pm on BBC 2.