The First Men in the Moon

Synopsis: In 1969 the Apollo moon landing is to be televised internationally but at a country fair in England a small boy named Jim meets the 90-year-old Julius Bedford who tells him that,in 1909,as a struggling writer,he met eccentric Professor Cavor,inventor of Cavorite,a gravity-defying substance which they used to build a sphere,which took them to the Moon. Captured by ant-like Selenites,Bedford was anxious to make his escape but Cavor was happy to stay and communicate with the Moon-dwellers. Back on Earth Bedford hears via wireless that Cavor was forced to kill himself and the Moon-dwellers to prevent them from invading Earth. As Jim watches the Apollo landing with his parents back in the present he sees a Selenite,hiding behind a lunar rock,peering at the astronauts.
Genre: Sci-Fi
88 min


No doubt I've hummed, buzzed,

what have you. Probably.

You've made all that impossible.

My dear sir,

if the thing is so important to

you... It's vital.

You see, I am an investigator,

a scientific investigator,

and I am on the point of completing

one of the most important

demonstrations -

I can assure you, one of the most

important demonstrations -

in history.

It requires constant thought,

constant mental ease and activity,

and the late afternoon

is my brightest time.

I effervesce with new ideas.

Well, you can still come by.


It will all be different.

I shall feel self-conscious.

I shall think of you,

writing your play.

Yes, my play...

No, there's only one thing for it.

I must have the cottage.

Have the cottage?

Hmm, yes, I must buy it from you,

lock, stock and...what have you.

'But there was one tiny


'It wasn't mine to sell.

'I could see this would require

careful handling.'

Do you know, we haven't even

introduced ourselves.

My name is Julius Bedford.

Well, no doubt I should have heard

of you, but I never go to

the theatre, you see.

I'm Cavor. Professor Arthur Cavor.

How do you do?

Tell me more about

this demonstration of yours.

Oh, no, no.

Oh? Is it a secret?

No! Yes.

No, it's not that.

Well, I suppose no-one else

does know about it.

Are you interested, then?

Oh, very much so.

Then you must come over to the


Yes! At once! Come over

to the house.

I have no doubt there will be tea,

cakes, what have you. Probably.

Come along.

Er, radiant energy,

that's what all this was about,

light waves and radio waves

and so forth.

All these things radiate out

and act on bodies at a distance.

Do you follow?

Um, yes...

Now, all substances are opaque

to some form or other of radiant

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Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss (Listeni/ˈɡeɪtɪs/ gay-tis; born 17 October 1966) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and novelist. His work includes writing for and acting in the TV series Doctor Who and Sherlock. Together with Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Jeremy Dyson, he is a member of the comedy team The League of Gentlemen. He is also known for his role as Tycho Nestoris in the HBO series Game of Thrones. more…

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