Sir Patrick presented the first show, when he was asked to do three programmes on astronomy in 1957.
At 83, he is British television’s longest serving presenter, and still continues his own astronomy work.
But Sir Patrick is furious because the programme has been given what he says is the poor time slot of 0155 GMT.
This has been going on for years, and it’s not remotely funny. Before the advent of Sky+ I had to watch a couple of programmes off the BBC web site, and that wasn’t funny either.
Also unamusing is the unpredictable date and time of the repeat on BBC 4.
But I guess this story demonstrates that BBC News is somewhat independent of the rest of the corporation.