Sadly I never knew Patrick personally but “grew up” with him like so many others as my astronomical mentor. I have heard a good few afternoon plays on R4 about historical events or people that turn out to be a travesty at best, so it was with some trepidation that I tuned into R4 on Monday afternoon, expecting the worst. I must say I was very pleased with the play which was an affectionate and endearing portrait, seemingly largely based on Martin Mobberleys book. Remember though the play has to been seen for what it is – entertainment, not as a documentary.
I suspect that like many another listener, I had a tear in my eye at the end!