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Dermot O'Leary fronts Live from Space Season for Channel 4

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Dermot O'Leary will front Channel 4's ambitious new Live from Space Season.

Including a live two-hour broadcast from the International Space Station and Mission Control in Houston, the trio of hi-spec space shows ordered by Channel 4's factual team will also have unprecedented access to NASA.

Dermot O'Leary

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Dermot O'Leary returns to Channel 4


Channel 4's head of factual David Glover said:"The ISS is an incredible example of humans working together. To have been granted this access by NASA to the ISS and Mission Control is a true British TV first.

"We hope to show what life on board is really like, what happens when things go wrong and then finally giving viewers a live lap of planet Earth."

Producers Arrow Media described the project as taking event TV to "a new dimension".

"Travelling at nearly 300 miles a minute or 17,500 miles per hour, the International Space Station (ISS) makes a complete orbit of the Earth every 90 minutes," said Arrow Media's creative director Tom Brisley.

Channel 4's headquarters in Horseferry Road, central London.

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The special will take viewers on "a live lap of planet Earth"


"In our live two-hour special we will literally take viewers around the world. The live visuals, as we look back down to Earth from 250 miles above, will be breathtaking, but these shows will be much more than that.

"The ISS is the most dangerous place inhabited by mankind, as seen in the fictional Hollywood blockbuster Gravity.

"However the Live from Space Season will reveal the truth of daily life on a space station, as well as showcasing the cutting-edge science that takes place there every day."

Sandra Bullock in Gravity

The ISS is the most dangerous place inhabited by mankind, as seen in the fictional Hollywood blockbuster Gravity


O'Leary said: "It's a big deal for me to be asked to host Live from Space Season. When David first told me about the show I had to try hard not to revert back to being the 8-year-old kid and the excitement I felt watching the first space shuttle take off in '81.

"Since then, like most of my Star Wars/Trekkie generation, space has always held a fascination. It's already been an education to research this project and so I can't wait to join the viewers in finding out both the spectacular (and what the astronauts would consider mundane, but most of us will find fascinating) workings of the ISS. I simply can't wait."

Alongside the Live from Space: Lap of the Planet special, Channel 4 will also air 60-minute documentaries Astronauts: Living in Space and Astronauts: Houston We Have a Problem.

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