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Christopher Riley - Film Director

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For Immediate Release

National Geographic Channels Announces Film Director Christopher Riley for Hubble’s Cosmic Journey.

The National Geographic Channel today announced that BAFTA nominated film director Christopher Riley will helm the network’s global special ‘Hubble’s Cosmic Journey’.

Christopher Riley says: “I’m thrilled to be making ‘Hubble’s Cosmic Journey’ for the National Geographic Channel. Hubble is probably the most loved science instrument in history today, but when it was first launched into space the telescope was considered a national disgrace; so it’s a real gift of a story for a filmmaker to bring to life.”

Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York and host of the network’s upcoming talk show “StarTalk,” Hubble's Cosmic Journey will air globally on the National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages this spring.

‘Hubble’s Cosmic Journey’ will carry revealing interviews with the key players behind the saga of NASA’s most famous space telescope, put into space on the 24th April 1990. Taking longer to build and launch than NASA’s Apollo Moonshot missions, the flawed telescope was saved by an audacious Space Shuttle repair mission three years later, to become perhaps the most successful science project NASA has ever accomplished.

Christopher Riley was commissioned by Bigger Bang Productions to direct Hubble’s Cosmic Journey, to mark the telescope’s 25th anniversary later this year.

Notes to Editors

1. Hubble’s Cosmic Journey follows the success of Christopher Riley’s recent biopics on Neil Armstrong and Richard Feynman, for the BBC, and his previous works, including the BAFTA nominated “The Girl who Loved Dolphins”, “Moonwalk One – the director’s cut” and the Sundance Award Winning “In the Shadow of the Moon”.

2. Originally drawn to the story of Hubble when studying for his Ph.D., which used data from an early Space Shuttle flight, Riley’s interest in the telescope spans the quarter century that Hubble has been in space; revolutionizing our understanding of the Universe.

For further information about ‘Christopher Riley and images please contact Rufus Stone at Swee E: rufus.stone@swee.co.uk E: 00 44(0) 7473 226221

For further information about “Hubble’s Cosmic Journey” and National Geographic Channel please contact Kirsty Howell at NGC UK
E: Kirsty.howell@fox.com T: 00 44(0) 203 426 7462

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