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2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick's acclaimed science fiction film that spans four million years as it charts the evolution of humans from ape to star child - via computer technology.

The film set a benchmark for special effects photography and the use of music.

2 hours, 15 minutes

Last on

Sat 27 Apr 2019 21:05

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:12

    Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Francis Travis

    2. Kyrie

  • 00:48

    The Bavarian Radio Orchestra

    Requiem For Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs and Orchestra

  • 00:52

    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Gayane Ballet Suite (Adagio)

  • 02:11

    Johann Strauss II

    The Blue Danube (Excerpt)

    Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.


Role Contributor
Dave Bowman Keir Dullea
Frank Poole Gary Lockwood
Dr Heywood R Floyd William Sylvester
Voice of HAL 9000 Douglas Rain
Dr Andrei Smyslov Leonard Rossiter
Moon-watcher Daniel Richter
Elena Margaret Tyzack
Dr Ralph Halvorsen Robert Beatty
Dr Bill Michaels Sean Sullivan
Aries-1B Lunar Shuttle Captain Edward Bishop
Writer Stanley Kubrick
Writer Arthur C Clarke
Director Stanley Kubrick
Producer Stanley Kubrick
Director of photography Geoffrey Unsworth


  • Fri 20 Feb 2015 23:10
  • Fri 20 Feb 2015 23:50
  • Wed 16 Dec 2015 23:00
  • Sat 8 Jul 2017 23:15
  • Sat 27 Apr 2019 20:35
  • Sat 27 Apr 2019 21:05

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