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Hawking (BBC-2 2004 with Benedict Cumberbatch and Peter Firth)

UK / BBC Two / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 13 April 2004

Writer: Peter Moffatt / Producer: Jessica Pope / Director: Philip Martin

The real story of the early academic life of physicist Stephen Hawking when at the age of 21 he is diagnosed with motor neurone disease with a prognosis giving him only a few years to live.

The drama shows Hawking as he works out some ground-breaking mathematical theories describing the nature of the universe while struggling with the onset of his debilitating condition.

In 2014 Eddie Redmayne played Hawking in the movie The Theory of Everything and won the Oscar for best actor.

cast
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH as Stephen Hawking
PETER FIRTH as Fred Hoyle
TOM WARD as Roger Penrose
LISA DILLON as Jane Wilde
JOHN SESSIONS as Dennis Sciama
PHOEBE NICHOLLS as Isobel Hawking
ADAM GODLEY as Frank Hawking