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Episode 1: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Documentary examining the life of Leonardo da Vinci, from his illegitimate birth to the unveiling of his masterpiece The Last Supper in 1497. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Drama relating the remarkable story of Stephen Hawking's early years as a PHD student at Cambridge, his search for the 'beginning of time' and his struggle against illness. Show more


Stephen Hawking:
Benedict Cumberbatch
Fred Hoyle:
Peter Firth
Roger Penrose:
Tom Ward
Jane Wilde:
Lisa Dillon
Dennis Sciama:
John Sessions
Isobel Hawking:
Phoebe Nicholls
Arno Penzias:
Michael Brandon
Bob Wilson:
Tom Hodgkins
Dr John Holloway:
Matthew Marsh
Nurse Susan McClean:
Anastasia Hille
Frank Hawking:
Adam Godley
Jayant Narlikar:
Rohan Siva
George Ellis:
Bertie Carvel
Robert Silkin:
Sebastian Armesto
Martha Guthrie:
Alice Eve
Leon Ockenden
Che Cartwright
Lidia Sciama:
Carolina Giammetta
Train Passenger:
Linda Spurrier
Cab Driver:
James Warrior
Jessica Pope
Philip Martin


Episode 2: Dangerous Liaisons

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Dramatised reconstruction of the life of Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo pursues his obsession with flight, and becomes embroiled in a rivalry with Michelangelo. Show more