TV Highlights

Earth from Space

National Geographic - 9pm

Who's in it?

While there are a fair few human beings in this show – scientists and weather experts and the like – the real star is our planet, whose grandeur is shown as you’ve never seen it before.

In a nutshell

If you’re wondering what the picture above is supposed to be, let us reassure you: it really is our home planet. It’s just that this is what it looks like after being subjected to state-of-the-art satellite imaging and no small amount of CGI. Yes, this is one of those sorts of documentaries, where incredibly surreal things are made to happen to the apparently mundane, and scientists casually blow our minds with passing anecdotes about cloud formations.

Before this show is done, you’ll be of the opinion that cloud formations do indeed make for highly gripping television. That, plus all the other subtle weather processes whose origins are explained using NASA hardware. We can expect to see hurricanes in slow motion, storms at sea dissected, and lots of sweeping panoramas of a planet rendered in kaleidoscopic colours that have no business being there, but somehow are. It’s better than a lava lamp, that’s for sure.

What's the verdict?

Part scientific analysis, part dream-like acid trip, you’ll want to make yourself comfy on the sofa for this epic exploration of the Earth and what makes it tick. Listening to The Doors afterwards is strictly optional.

Record Earth from Space now on Virgin TV Anywhere

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07-07-2011