Hawking (2004) Film


Benedict as physicist Stephen Hawking in this drama about his early days at Cambridge University.

Hawking is a TV drama about the early work of British physicist and astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. It was produced by the BBC and first aired on 13 April 2004.
The drama was nominated as Best Single Drama for a BAFTA in 2005. BenedictCumberbatch also received a nomination as Best Actor (he lost against Rhys Ifans in Not Only But Always) for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking. However, Benedict was awarded the Golden Nymph for Television Films for Best Performance by an Actor.

What is it about:
The TV drama shows the early career of physicist Stephen Hawking during his time at Cambridge University. During the celebration of his 21st birthday Hawking suffers a sudden full-body paralysis and is taken to hospital. He learns that he is suffering from ALS (Motor Neuron Disease), a degenerative disease of the motor nervous system, leading to progressive, irreversible paralysis and amyotrophia. Nevertheless, he manages with tedious efforts to refute Fred Hoyle’s equilibrium theory (which Hoyle developed as an alternative to the Big Bang theory).

A very interesting interview with Benedict about his role and Stephen Hawking: Hawking BBC.

Philip Martin

Peter Moffat

more info:
complete list of cast and crew can be seen hier
avalaible on Amazon here or online on YouTube:

Image Credit: Karin Woywod