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The Race for the Double Helix 

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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.

Director:

Mick Jackson

Writers:

William Nicholson, James Watson (book)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Goldblum ... Jim Watson
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Francis Crick
Alan Howard ... Maurice Wilkins
Juliet Stevenson ... Rosalind Franklin
Betsy Brantley Betsy Brantley ... Elizabeth Watson
John Moreno John Moreno ... Vittorio Luzzati
Daniel André Pageon Daniel André Pageon ... First Colleague
Yves Aubert Yves Aubert ... Second Colleague
Anthony Benson Anthony Benson ... J.T. Randall
Clive Panto Clive Panto ... Max Perutz
Rupert Massey Rupert Massey ... John Kendrew
Geoffrey Chater ... Sir Lawrence Bragg
Nicholas Fry Nicholas Fry ... Raymond Gosling
Tom McCabe Tom McCabe ... Bill Seeds
Petronella Ford 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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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Race for the Double Helix See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Was originally shown as a "Horizon special" on the BBC, Horizon being the name of BBC2's main science programme. See more »

Quotes

Erwin Chargaff: [Wearily] Guanine, Cytosine, Adenine, Thymine...
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Grande Chorale
Georges Delerue
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Excellent visual of the discovery
17 February 2006 | by jadiechristineSee all my reviews

This film, designed on the FACTS of the discovery, aptly depicts the saga of Watson, Crick, Wilkins and good ol' Rosie, the personalities that combined to create the correct sequence of our very own DNA. The amount of current technology based on their discovery is incredible, and the small piece of their lives that is shared in this film is to be examined by all.

Jeff Goldblum plays the character he is so good at; the eccentric, extreme, intelligent scientist type, in this case, Jim Watson. Juliet Stevenson plays a Rosalind Franklin who exhibits the struggle of being a brilliant woman on the verge of a great discovery in time of mans rule. This film has great performances by excellent actors who actually understand the scientific struggle.

(Rosalind Frankin was the only contributor who didn't receive the Nobel Prize; she died from cancer before the prize was awarded. Watson, Crick, and Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize.


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