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Seven Ages of Starlight (2012)

This is the epic story of the stars, and how discovering their tale has transformed our own understanding of the universe.


Gaby Hornsby




Credited cast:
Rupert Graves ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robin Catchpole Robin Catchpole ... Self - Astronomer, University of Cambridge (as Dr Robin Catchpole)
Steve Cowley Steve Cowley ... Self - United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (as Prof Steve Cowley)
Francisco Diego Francisco Diego ... Self - Astronomer, University College London (as Dr Francisco Diego)
Alan Dressler Alan Dressler ... Self - Astronomer, Carnegie Institution for Science (as Dr Alan Dressler)
John Ellis John Ellis ... Self - Theoretical Physicist, King's College London (as Prof John Ellis)
Alex Filippenko ... Self - Astrophysicist, University of California, Berkeley (as Prof Alex Filippenko)
Fred Hoyle ... Self (archive footage)
Douglas Leonard Douglas Leonard ... Self - Astrophysicist, San Deigo State University (as Prof Douglas Leonard)
Helen Mason Helen Mason ... Self - Solar Physicist, University of Cambridge (as Dr Helen Mason)
Stephen Pumfrey Stephen Pumfrey ... Self - Historian of Science, Lancaster University (as Dr Stephen Pumfrey)
Scott Sandford Scott Sandford ... Self - Astrochemist, NASA (as Dr Scott Sandford)
Serena Viti Serena Viti ... Self - Astrophysicist, University College London (as Prof Serena Viti)


This is the epic story of the stars, and how discovering their tale has transformed our own understanding of the universe.

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It's the way you tell 'em
22 November 2016 | by trimmerb1234See all my reviews

Was a comedians famous catchphrase and here is what makes this popular science documentary so distinctively good. From the clear structure to the individual well-chosen contributors to the narrated script (uncredited), it was not just very lucid but engaging even compelling story-telling, the entire production done with artistry. The sense of awe, majesty and mystery which Patrick Moore's Sky at Night opening cleverly evoked, is the tone and standard yet does not compromise the solid science communicated throughout. It gives proper weight too to historic figures in astronomy using archive film clips. It is a demonstration and reminder of how science documentary-making can both be an art as well as science.

I have to contrast this with the tendency to simply dispatch a (the?) popular TV scientist in a hire car to tour the USA, dropping in all over the place for a coffee and to listen with a camera crew over his shoulder.

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25 October 2012 (UK) See more »

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