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Life Story


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by William Nicholson
A Horizon special starring Jeff Goldblum as Jim Watson, Tim Pigott-Smith as Francis Crick, Alan Howard as Maurice Wilkins and Juliet Stevenson as Rosalind Franklin
It's 1951. There's a race on and two of the brightest and brashest young men in Cambridge are determined to win it. The prize is glittering. Eternal fame, glory, almost certainly a Nobel prize, await whoever is first past the post - for the goal is nothing less than the secret of life itself. So begins the extraordinary story of the race to the double helix of DNA, one of the greatest true detective stories of the 20th century.
Watson and Crick have the bright ideas and the will to win. But there's one little problem; Rosalind Franklin has the crucial data... and she plays the game by very different rules.

(The Dark Lady of DNA, Thursday 9.25 pm Radio 3)
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Writer: William Nicholson
Phorography: Andrew Dunn
Designer: John Bone
Film Editor: Jim Latham
Horizon Editor: Robin Brightwell
Producer/Director: Mick Jackson
Jim Watson: Jeff Goldblum
Francis Crick: Tim Pigott-Smith
Maurice Wilkins: Alan Howard
Rosalind Franklin and: Juliet Stevenson
Raymond Gosling: Nicholas Fry
Vittorio Luzzati: John Moreno
Sir Lawrence Bragg: Geoffrey Chater
Erwin Chargaff: Lyndon Brook
Elizabeth Watson: Betsy Brantley
J.T. Randall: Anthony Benson
Max Perutz: Clive Panto
John Kendrew: Rupert Massey
Bill Seeds: Tom McCabe
Freda Ticehurst: Jill Johnson
Peter Pauling: Vincent Marzello
John Griffith: David Allister
Odile Crick: Petronella Ford
Jerry Donohue: Ray Charleson
Pop Prior: Katherine Kath
Alex Stokes: Vass Anderson
Bruce Fraser: Ian Harvey

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