Andy Serkis as Albert Einstein

Einstein and Eddington

Andy Serkis as Einstein David Tennant as Eddington
Eddington (David Tennant) and Einstein (Andy Serkis)
Photo by Nigel Hawkes

This human story chronicles two men who, during the First World War, refused to accept narrow nationalistic boundaries and, against the odds, continued to strive for a greater truth.  Between them, they changed the world and proved one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century.

Opening in 1913, the then obscure German theorist Albert Einstein (Serkis) had spent years working on his General Theory of Relativity, a theory that threatened two centuries of Newtonian certainty and the foundations of British science.   British scientist Arthur Eddington (Tennant) was one of the most prominent astrophysicists and was Director of the Cambridge Observatory, a seat originally held by the father of British science, Sir Isaac Newton.

Andy Serkis as Einstein

Andy Serkis as Einstein
 

Eddington's wholehearted belief that "truth knows no boundaries" led him to start a correspondence with Einstein and to solely champion Einstein's theories at a time when the rest of the British scientific community and the public at large were rejecting anything German, due to their role in the war.

Eddington's expedition to Africa to photograph light bending round the sun during an eclipse lead to his proof that Einstein's theory is right, turning Einstein into a worldwide superstar in 1919. A star is born.

March 23, 2010 on HBO SIgnature (USA)

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Starring David Tennant (Doctor Who, Blackpool, Recovery) and Andy Serkis (Longford, King Kong, Lord Of The Rings) with Jim Broadbent (Longford, Lucy Cohu (The Queen's Sister), Rebecca Hall (Starter For Ten) and Jodhi May (Friends & Crocodiles).

Einstein And Eddington is written by Peter Moffat (Hawking, Cambridge Spies), the producer is Mark Pybus and the director is Philip Martin (Hawking, Prime Suspect).   Moffat and Martin are reunited after working together on the award-winning Hawking, BBC Two's 2005 biopic of Stephen Hawking, who is considered the greatest mind in physics since Einstein.   

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