The nation has chosen the moon landing as the most iconic TV moment, a full 50 years since the first steps on the moon, research by Samsung QLED TV has revealed.
The moon landing was a clear winner for TV history, with nearly two thirds of the nation opting for it over other defining moments in recent history, including 9/11, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Princess Diana’s funeral and John F Kennedy’s assassination.
Surprisingly, a nation who in recent years have frenzied over a royal wedding, the Queen still reigns supreme with her coronation in 1953 being voted more iconic than Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Prince William and Kate and Prince Harry and Meghan’s weddings.
The survey also discovered that the nation’s favourite cinematic space moment served up two joint winners, with over a fifth dubbing the duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back the best – matched with Tom Hanks declaring “Houston, we have a problem” in Apollo 13, both amassing 21 percent of the overall vote each.
50 years ago television enabled people around the world to witness one of mankind’s greatest achievements and now Samsung QLED pushes the boundaries of what’s possible, enabling more incredible experiences, both on earth and beyond, to be enjoyed in accurate and life-like screen resolution.
“TV technology has been essential in bringing the world together to experience critical moments in modern history” said Guy Kinnell, Vice President, TV & AV Samsung Electronics UK Ltd. “At Samsung, we have worked tirelessly over the years to move the industry forward when it comes to premium picture quality, and the introduction of our QLED 8K TV with 8K AI Upscaling is an integral component as we look towards the future of viewing.” He added; “As we mark the 50th anniversary of Samsung Electronics and the first steps on the moon by mankind, it’s by looking back at some of the most iconic TV and cinematic moments from the past we can only wonder what the next 50 years may hold for the future of television and technology.”
|Top 10 iconic TV footage||Top 10 cinematic space moments|
|1. Moon landing||1. Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker duel (Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back)
1. Tom Hanks declares “Houston, we have a problem” (Apollo 13)
|2. 9/11||3. Alien bursts from Kane’s stomach (Alien)|
|3. Fall of the Berlin Wall||4. ‘Open the Pod Bay Doors’ (2001: A Space Odyssey)|
|4. Joint: Princess Diana’s funeral and John F Kennedy assassination||5. Sandra Bullock’s character returns to earth (Gravity)|
|4. Joint: England winning the 1966 World Cup and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953||6. Prison Escape (Guardians of the Galaxy)|
|6. Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981||7. Final duel between Jake and Colonel Quaritch (Avatar)|
|7. Iranian Embassy siege||8. Captain Kirk and his crew broadcast Beastie Boys’ Sabotage to disrupt enemy spaceships (Star Trek Beyond)|
|8. Prince William marrying Kate||9. Captain Kaneda sacrifices himself for his crew (Sunshine)|
|9. Jonny Wilkinson’s drop-kick to win the Rugby World Cup for England in 2003||10. Kylo Ren kills his father Han Solo (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)|
|10. England win the Ashes against Australia in 2005, the last live international test match on UK terrestrial television|