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Just a quick heads-up for New Zealand readers, tonight at 8:30pm Prime will be showing the British drama Hawking, produced by the BBC, which covers cosmologist Stephen Hawking’s earlier years from the initial stages of his diagnosis of motor neurone disease. The production features Benedict Cumberbatch, who starred in Sherlock.

Hannah M’s review at Rotten Tomatoes reads

I first saw Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC TV show “Sherlock” and decided to look up what else he’d done. In this made-for-TV movie, he does an *excellent* job playing Stephen Hawking in the early days of his diagnosis. The movie’s writer, Peter Moffat, also wrote the fairly-entertaining Einstein and Eddington, but the writing is sharper and more interesting in this older one. Well worth checking out for fans of biographies, science stories, or Benedict Cumberbatch.

An astrophysicist, Sarah H, offered her thoughts:

I came at this movie from two perspectives: First, as a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch, and second, as an astrophysicist and high school teacher. I thought the film had a good combination of “hard science”, but wrapped up in understandable terminology and a sweet human story. Benedict’s physical work as Hawking is

I can’t vouch for this, not having seen it before, but most reviews praise Benedict Cumberbatch’s efforts - it might be worth checking out.


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