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New dawn for The Sky at Night

The Sky at Night is to continue on BBC4 following concerns that it had been axed after the death of Sir Patrick Moore in December.

The long-running astronomy show will now air monthly on BBC4, with repeats broadcast on BBC2.

The show currently airs on BBC1 in a late-night slot but there was some concern that it had been cancelled after the BBC refused to confirm that it would return last month.

Some fans felt so strongly about the show that they wrote directly to director general Tony Hall calling for a recommission.

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Kim Shillinglaw, BBC head of commissioning for science and natural history, said: “Sir Patrick Moore inspired generations of astronomers and I hope that alongside the BBC’s other astronomy content, such as BBC2’s Stargazing Live, The Sky at Night will enthuse further generations about the wonder of the night sky.” 

The Sky at Night was first broadcast on 24 April 1957 and continued to be presented by Sir Patrick until his death in 2012.

Following his death, the BBC in-house series has been fronted by a team of guest presenters. This year’s episodes have been fronted by by cosmologists Lucie Green and Chris Lintott.

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