The Planets is an educational miniseries produced by the BBC and A&E and released in 1999. It documents the Solar System and its nature, formation, and discovery by humans during the space age. The series of eight episodes includes a substantial amount of archival footage from both the United States and Soviet space programs. It also depicts the Solar System through computer graphics. There were a total of eight episodes produced for the series. The series featured appearances from famous pioneering space scientists and explorers, and was narrated by Samuel West.

List of episodesEdit

Number Title Description
1 Different Worlds The first episode covers the early attempts at space travel and the development of rocket technology.
2 Terra Firma The story of the terrestrial planets and their exploration.
3 Giants Looking at the giant planets of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and the journeys of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2.
4 Moon Detailing the moon and the race to reach it during the "Space race" years.
5 Star Concentrating on the Sun, the early belief in it being a god and the science behind its behaviour.
6 Atmosphere A look at the atmosphere of our planet and those in the rest of the Solar System.
7 Life A journey into looking for life on other planets and trying to find if life elsewhere really does exist.
8 Destiny The final episode explores the future of the solar system, plus research into extrasolar planets.

DVD releaseEdit

The DVD of the series was released on 24 January 2000.[1]


A hardcover book accompanying the series broadcast was released on 22 April 1999.[2] The Planets. David McNab and James Younger. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-08044-5

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