History Retweeted

The Moon Landing


A new series from Johnny Vegas's Woolyback Productions is always something to look forward to, and this neat little delight from podcast comics Tim Barnes and Simon Berry fulfils that promise.

It looks at how momentous events in history would have been reported through the prism of social media, starting with the Moon landing. Though it captures with a sly wink the vacuity and self-promotion inherent in any timeline, almost the first hashtag used, for a picture of a cat with its head stuck in an upturned fishbowl, had me grinning like an idiot.

The general population of tweeters might get it in the neck, but so do monolithic corporations trying to take advantage of the social media audience - the embedded BBC vox pop video is a perfect pastiche of the punning, plummy-voiced reporters of the 1960s venturing out among the masses.

Obviously with such a global event on social media, there is only way for the programme to end - with the aural equivalent of a whale on your screen. Typical.


By Tim Barnes and Simon Berry. A journey back in time as world events from days gone by are reimagined with a modern twist. In the first episode, the crew of Apollo 11 cruises to the moon and provides a snapshot of an internet-savvy 1960s - astronauts are trolled, action chaps are sold, and America wins gold in the space race. An alien David Bowie and a caterpillar's eating disorder are the trending topics of the day. Featuring the voices of Tim Barnes, Simon Berry, Wayne Forester, Annabelle Llewellyn, Peter Temple, Jelly Macintosh and Lucy Beaumont.

Cast & Crew

Producer Sally Harrison
Writer Tim Barnes
Writer Simon Berry