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Apollo 17 moonwalker Harrison Schmitt in conversation with Michael Cumming and cut to a soundtrack by The Orb. This insert was shown as part of the themed BBC1 afternoon for children to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the apollo 11 moon landing. Produced by better television - (Gareth Jones & Michael Cumming) & directed by Michael Cumming. 1994.

Over The Moon - Part 1/3

Harrison Schmitt

A quirky celebration of the space age. Gareth Jones & Phil Cornwell, with Helen Sharman, Gerry Anderson, Heinz Wolfe and Gene Cernan. Made by better television Directed by Michael Cumming and first shown on Channel 4 20/07/1994 to mark the 25th anniversary of the first Moon landing.

Part 1 of 3

Over The Moon - Part 2/3


Over The Moon - Part 3/3

Gilbert The Alien (Phil Cornwell) - from ITV's Get Fresh and Gilbert's Fridge - was lured out of retirement by better television for a themed afternoon to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. An Afternoon On The Moon took over CBBC on BBC 1 in July 1994. Produced by Gareth Jones & Michael Cumming.

Gilbert The Alien’s Top 10 Space Songs

Gareth Jones visits his favorite place on earth to bring back this report for An Afternoon on the Moon - a themed afternoon for children to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. An Afternoon On The Moon took over CBBC on BBC1 in July 1994. Written & produced by Michael Cumming & Gareth Jones (better television), directed by Michael Cumming and presented by Gareth Jones.

Michael started his freelance TV career directing various shows at The Children’s Channel in the late 80s and continued to work there, on and off, until 1994. As well as location directing and producing he also got his first taste of live and prerecorded studio directing. Kids TV rumour has it that he directed the first ever show presented by the longest serving Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq, and the last ever show by legendary Magpie frontman, Mick Robertson.

He certainly worked with both Buzz Aldrin & Big Bird.


In 1992, Michael formed the company better television with TV presenter Gareth Jones (How 2, Get Fresh) and together with Phil Cornwell (Dead Ringers, Stella Street, Gorillaz) and his foam rubber alter ego Gilbert The Alien (Get Fresh, Gilbert’s Fridge) they made Over The Moon, a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the moon landings for C4. They were also let loose at CBBC where they produced and curated a whole themed afternoon of shows about the moonshot anniversary - An Afternoon On The Moon.

Better for the kids

Gareth Jones at Kenedy Space Centre

A quirky celebration of the space age. Gareth Jones & Phil Cornwell, with Helen Sharman, Gerry Anderson, Heinz Wolfe and Gene Cernan. Made by better television Directed by Michael Cumming and first shown on Channel 4 20/07/1994 to mark the 25th anniversary of the first Moon landing.

Part 2 of 3

A quirky celebration of the space age. Gareth Jones & Phil Cornwell, with Helen Sharman, Gerry Anderson, Heinz Wolfe and Gene Cernan. Made by better television Directed by Michael Cumming and first shown on Channel 4 20/07/1994 to mark the 25th anniversary of the first Moon landing.

Part 3 of 3

A Clip from 'Roustabout' - The Children's Channel flagship magazine programme from the late 1980's. Presented & produced by Mick Robertson (Magpie, Wise Up). Mick talks to the organiser of the Dorset Steam Fair, Michael Oliver - about the history of the great event. Michael founded the steam fair in 1969 and since his death in 2009 the event has been run by his son Martin. Broadcast in1990 on TCC. Directed by Michael Cumming.

Mick Robertson at The Great Dorset Steam Fair