Black Knights And Blue Streaks

Tony Hawks presents a two-part tale of Britain's brave but doomed attempt to compete in the space race.

Produced by Adam Fowler.


0101The Only Way Is Up20030625By 1960, British rockets were amongst the best in the world and Dan Dare was poised to become a reality.

So why was he beaten into space by Laika the dog and why was Britain left firmly on the ground, straining it's neck, as others raced into orbit?

0102 LASTDan Daren't20030702Three decades ago Britain's satellite launcher flew for the last time.

Not so much a giant leap for mankind as a small step taken by rather cold feet.

Nowadays the only people attempting to reach space from Britain are amateur rocketeers and optimistic entrepreneurs, so Tony Hawks sets off to meet Britain's own rocket men.