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Dara O Briain Meets Stephen Hawking

Documentary film about professor Stephen Hawking, the world's most celebrated scientist. Dara O Briain spends time with his boyhood hero in Cambridge.

Since he was a teenager, Dara O Briain has been fascinated with professor Stephen Hawking, the world's most celebrated scientist. In this special film, Dara spends time with his boyhood hero as he attends the world premiere of The Theory of Everything, the movie made about his life, and then at Professor Hawking's home and place of work in Cambridge.

In 1963, Stephen was diagnosed with ALS, a form of motor neurone disease, and given two years to live. Over 50 years later, he is still working on new scientific theories and has become an unlikely pop culture icon. Dara meets the people who keep him healthy and working - his carers and support team, his academic colleagues and friends - and Eddie Redmayne, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Hawking on film.

After attending the premiere of The Theory of Everything, Dara travels to Cambridge where Stephen has spent most of his adult life. He meets Stephen's children Lucy and Tim, his former assistant Judith Croasdell, his technical assistant Jonathan Wood, fellow theoretical physicist professor Kip Thorne, academic colleague professor Thomas Hertog and actors Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Dara also questions Professor Hawking about living his life with ALS, why science still excites him, and his hopes for the future.

45 minutes

Last on

Wed 14 Mar 2018 23:45

Music Played

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

  • 00:03

    John Newman

    Love Me Again

  • 00:40

    Take That

    These Days

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Dara O Briain
Interviewed Guest Stephen Hawking
Executive Producer Mark Wells
Executive Producer Steven Lappin
Producer Paul Vanezis
Director Paul Vanezis

Broadcasts

  • Tue 16 Jun 2015 22:35
  • Tue 16 Jun 2015 23:05
  • Tue 16 Jun 2015 23:35
  • Tue 11 Aug 2015 01:15
  • Tue 11 Aug 2015 23:35
  • Wed 14 Mar 2018 22:45
  • Wed 14 Mar 2018 23:10
  • Wed 14 Mar 2018 23:40
  • Wed 14 Mar 2018 23:45

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A brief history of Stephen Hawking

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