The Fantastic Mr Feynman

Confirmed for BBC Two on 12 May at 9.30pm to 10.30pm

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Sunday 12 May



Coinciding with what would have been his 95th birthday, this new BBC documentary, co-produced with The Open University, looks at one of the most extraordinary scientists of the 20th century, Richard Feynman.

A brilliant physicist, he worked on the Manhattan Project which developed the atom bomb and later won the Nobel Prize for his work on the theory of quantum electrodynamics, which revolutionized the field of physics. But what made Feynman truly unusual was his insatiable curiosity about the world around him.

Throughout his life Feynman rejected authority and refused to conform, preferring instead to follow his passions - from bongo playing to biology, from poetry to painting, from computing to cracking safes.

In his dying days, as a maverick investigator on The Challenger shuttle disaster inquiry, he confronted the Washington establishment to reveal the truth about what had gone wrong.

This affectionate portrait, transmitting after a repeat of the recent BBC Two drama, The Challenger, draws on the BBC’s rich archive, including interviews with Feynman. It also contains new interviews with his children and sister Joan, as well as with friends and leading scientists.

In his own words and those of the people that knew him best, The Fantastic Mr Feynman is the story of one of the most captivating communicators in the history of science.