Channel 5 has commissioned ITN to produce a two-hour live programme recording the eclipse of the sun on 11 August, writes John Plunkett.
The show, with the working title Eclipse, will be anchored by Kirsty Young in Cornwall and Russell Grant at mystical stone circles on Bodmin Moor.

Programme editor Deborah Turness said the programme, which will also include footage of the eclipse as it passes across Europe, will focus on both the astronomy and the astrological importance of the event. It will air from 10.00 to 12.00.

Also taking part will be C5 weekend news anchor Charlie Stayt, C5 weatherman Rob Glass and Royal Greenwich Observatory expert Steve Bell.

The show, which was commissioned by C5 controller of news, current affairs and documentaries Chris Shaw, will run straight into C5's regular news bulletin, 5 News at Noon.

ITN is also making five-and-a-half hours of eclipse programming for Discovery Networks Europe (Broadcast, 8.5.99).