BBC America has quickly built a name for itself when it comes to science-fiction, and now the cable channel is exploring it in a new four-part documentary, “Oh My God: It’s Full of Stars: A Journey to the Edge of Science Fiction.”
Besides having probably one of the longest names of a documentary ever, the BBC America series (which will also air in Britain on BBC Two) will tackle the enduring themes of science-fiction: time travel, space exploration, robots and artificial intelligence and aliens. It’s being made with the help of the genre’s “greatest pioneers” including the filmmakers, writers, actors and graphic artists whose “obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown.”
It will cross all over science-fiction on not just in television, but in the movies and in books as well. From “War of the Worlds” from famed author H.G. Wells, to “The Terminator” in 1984 that introduced moviegoers to James Cameron, as well as “Doctor Who” and Star Wars.
There is no release date yet for the documentary, but is it being executive produced by Michael Poole, while BBC America has added Richard De Croce and Rachel Smith.
Poole is known for his work on other documentary projects, including “Time Shift” and “Horror Europa With Mark Gatiss.” He got his start in 1994 with “Mussolini of the Media” about the rise of former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi.
Poole was nominated for a BAFTA award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2002 for “Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song.”
BBC America has become the home not only for “Doctor Who” in the United States, but has been a primary place to find “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and other shows like “Orphan Black,” which is now returning for a second season.