Horizon: Season 23, Episode 16

The Race for the Double Helix (14 Sep. 1987)
"Life Story" (original title)

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Watson and Crick race to find the structure of DNA before Linus Pauling, Maurice Wilkins, or Rosalind Franklin can find the key to unlocking the secret.

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Jim Watson
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Francis Crick
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Maurice Wilkins
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Rosalind Franklin
Betsy Brantley ...
Elizabeth Watson
John Moreno ...
Vittorio Luzzati
Daniel André Pageon ...
First Colleague
Yves Aubert ...
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Anthony Benson ...
J.T. Randall
Clive Panto ...
Max Perutz
Rupert Massey ...
John Kendrew
Geoffrey Chater ...
Sir Lawrence Bragg
Nicholas Fry ...
Raymond Gosling
Tom McCabe ...
Bill Seeds
Petronella Ford ...
Odile Crick
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Watson and Crick race to find the structure of DNA before Linus Pauling, Maurice Wilkins, or Rosalind Franklin can find the key to unlocking the secret. Written by Kathy Li

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Jeff Goldblum, who portrays James D. Watson, later narrated the 5-episode documentary series "D.N.A.,"(2003), the first episode of which, "The Secret of Life," retold the same events portrayed in this film, following James D. Watson to original locations at Cambridge and King's College, and also featuring some of the original figures, such as Maurice Wilkins, Erwin Chargaff, Raymond Gosling, and Peter Pauling. See more »

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Watson: Gotta get famous.
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A driving historical drama that cuts to the chase of scientific drive.
4 July 2001 | by (Cairo, Egypt) – See all my reviews

Unquestionable, the quintessential historical thriller of any biology discovery. The slow start jumps into fast mode and truly reflects why people get excited about scientific inquiry. The characters are a bit stereotypical, but I saw Dr. Watson at a presentation at the U. of Purdue in 1987 or 88 and saw that Jeff Goldblum caught the man's brilliance and eccentricity in a performance of a lifetime. Not knowing the other scientists in person, I still believe the characterizations must be on the mark. As the story "races" toward the discovery, the research and its many faceted directions it took reveal the many faces of science and scientists and how we try to understand the universe. Unfortunately, this movie was done by the BBC for TV and cannot be found anywhere. I would recommend this movie to be in the top five of outstanding historical story telling, along with "Marie Curie", "Dr. Erleich's Magic Bullet" and others.


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