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What Happened Before the Big Bang?

Episode 3 of 15

This episode of the science series explores a dizzying world of cosmic bounces, rips and multiple universes, and finds out what happened before the big bang.

They are the biggest questions that science can possibly ask: where did everything in our universe come from? How did it all begin? For nearly a hundred years, we thought we had the answer - a big bang some 14 billion years ago.

But now some scientists believe that was not really the beginning. Our universe may have had a life before this violent moment of creation.

Horizon takes the ultimate trip into the unknown to explore a dizzying world of cosmic bounces, rips and multiple universes, and finds out what happened before the big bang.

1 hour

Music Played

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

  • City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

    Edward Scissorhands: main theme

  • Harry Gregson‐Williams

    Lucky Star

  • Thomas Newman

    Six Feet Under

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Jim Dooley

    Ancient Crystal

  • Richard Beddow

    Prism of Light

  • Robert Bennett

    Violetta

  • William Kingswood

    Blue Whale

  • Scott Glasgow

    Whispering Forest

  • Anthony Phillips

    Hesitant Steps

  • London Music Works & Cliff Martinez

    Solaris: Don't Blow It

  • Derek Austin

    Blue Whale

  • Scott Glasgow

    The Waltz of the Three Witches

  • Emanuel Taylor

    Genesis

  • Barry Michaels

    Glasshouses

  • Andrew Skeet

    Firefly Flickers

    Composer: Luke Gordon.
  • Daniel Pemberton

    Masquerade

  • Andrew Skeet & Luke Gordon

    Timeless Worlds 2

  • William Kingswood

    Story Ends

  • Andrew Skeet & Luke Gordon

    Chasing Shadows

  • Atli Örvarsson

    Miss Understood

  • Andrew Blaney

    Twists and Turns

  • Philip Sheppard

    Far But Close

  • Steve Rucker

    What's Behind the Curtains

  • Minelli

    Demented Spirits

  • Rob Elliott

    Cream Machine

  • James S. Levine

    Nevergreen

  • Murray Monroe

    Strange Meeting

Credits

Role Contributor
Director Peter Leonard
Producer Peter Leonard

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