BBC, Science set scripted special about physicist

Willl focus on Richard Feynman, space shuttle disaster

BBC and Science are teaming for a drama spesh based on the life of U.S. physicist Richard Feynman. One-off special will be Science’s first go in the scripted realm.

Feynman, to be played by William Hurt, helped uncover the truth behind the space shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986. Bruce Greenwood, Brian Dennehy and Joanne Whalley have also been cast in the untitled drama. Kate Gartside penned the script; James Hawes helms the program.

“This is the gripping story of a brilliant physicist’s battle for scientific truth in the dark corridors of big government,” said Kim Shillinglaw, BBC commissioning editor of science and natural history. “It promises to be a powerful factual drama for BBC Two and part of our mission to make sciences programs ever more surprising and ambitious.”

For BBC, Mark Hedgecoe and Cassian Harrison are exec producing. Rocky Collins is exec producer for Science.

Program will bow on BBC Two and Science next year.

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