New Zealand viewers: Hawking on Prime

By Grant Jacobs 25/04/2012 3


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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3 Responses to “New Zealand viewers: Hawking on Prime”

  • An update of sorts:

    I think I only saw Stephen Hawking twice when I was a Ph.D. student at Cambridge. I was a biologist, not a physicist, after all. I remember very clearly one of the occasions. He was coming the other way down the footpath. By some twitch he suddenly veered his wheelchair almost 90˚ towards towards me, startling me, and I made an awkward escape from his path. Somehow I doubt this BBC biopic will feature a scene where Hawking nearly rams a red-haired student against the rails of the Silver Street bridge with his wheelchair. (As all good stories do, this one is (heavily) based on reality but, of course, has become slightly exaggerated with time…)

  • Given your post regarding the power outage at Otago Uni, I wonder who pushed the Red Button to start the Big Bang? Was there a higher power?

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