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Hawking (2004)

A drama documenting the life and work of the theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking who, despite being diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, has galvanized the ... See full summary »

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Philip Martin

Writer:

Peter Moffat
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Stephen Hawking
Michael Brandon ... Arno Penzias
Tom Hodgkins Tom Hodgkins ... Robert Wilson
Christian Rubeck ... Reporter (as Christian Pedersen)
Lisa Dillon ... Jane Wilde
Phoebe Nicholls ... Isobel Hawking
Matthew Marsh ... Dr. John Holloway
Anastasia Hille ... Nurse Susan McClean
Adam Godley ... Frank Hawking
Peter Firth ... Sir Fred Hoyle
Rohan Siva Rohan Siva ... Jayant Narlikar
Bertie Carvel ... George Ellis
Tom Ward ... Roger Penrose
Deirdre Costello Deirdre Costello ... Barmaid
John Sessions ... Dennis Sciama
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A drama documenting the life and work of the theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking who, despite being diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, has galvanized the scientific world with his ground-breaking work on the nature of the universe. Written by Anonymous

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The story of the search for the beginning of time.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2004 (UK) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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16:9 PAL
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Trivia

Benedict Cumberbatch is the first actor ever to play Stephen Hawking on screen in this film. He is also good friends with Eddie Redmayne, who played Hawking in the biopic The Theory of Everything (2014). See more »

Goofs

Stephen Hawkin on his 21st Birthday mentions the Beatles song Please Please Me this song was not released until the 11th January 1963 two days after Hawkins,s 21st Birthday. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Hawking: We are very very small. But we are profoundly capable of very very big things.
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Connections

Referenced in Only Connect: Episode #11.8 (2015) See more »

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Ride of the Valkyries
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Written by Richard Wagner
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Tough but rewarding viewing.
14 April 2004 | by red-whineSee all my reviews

This drama concerns the early days in the life of Professor Stephen Hawkings. It tells the story of how he battles against MND and the mind set of famous Astronomer Fred Hoyles. It also tells of his relationship with soon to be first wife Jane and of the help given to him by Roger Penrose. Intersected within the story are snippets of Nobel prize winners Arno Penzias and Bob Wilson who's discovery of background radiation gave Stephen the "fossil" he would need to back up his theory.

Well written with good performances from the principle characters and set amongst the beautiful background of Cambridge Hawking is a surprisingly enjoyable hour and half.Although viewers not familiar with Hawkings or his work may find parts of the story a bit dull or confusing at times, ultimately it's an inspirational story (even with the artistic liberties) and a first class piece of drama.


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