Horizon Life Story (1964– ) Online
Watson and Crick race to find the structure of DNA before Linus Pauling, Maurice Wilkins, or Rosalind Franklin can find the key to unlocking the secret.
|Episode cast overview, first billed only:|
|Jeff Goldblum||-||Jim Watson|
|Tim Pigott-Smith||-||Francis Crick|
|Alan Howard||-||Maurice Wilkins|
|Juliet Stevenson||-||Rosalind Franklin|
|Betsy Brantley||-||Elizabeth Watson|
|John Moreno||-||Vittorio Luzzati|
|Daniel André Pageon||-||First Colleague|
|Yves Aubert||-||Second Colleague|
|Anthony Benson||-||J.T. Randall|
|Clive Panto||-||Max Perutz|
|Rupert Massey||-||John Kendrew|
|Geoffrey Chater||-||Sir Lawrence Bragg|
|Nicholas Fry||-||Raymond Gosling|
|Tom McCabe||-||Bill Seeds|
|Petronella Ford||-||Odile Crick|
Was originally shown as a "Horizon special" on the BBC, Horizon being the name of BBC2's main science programme.
Jeff Goldblum, who portrays James D. Watson, later narrated the 5-episode documentary series "D.N.A.,"(2003), the first episode of which, "The Secret of Life," retold the same events portrayed in this film, following James D. Watson to original locations at Cambridge and King's College, and also featuring some of the original figures, such as Maurice Wilkins, Erwin Chargaff, Raymond Gosling, and Peter Pauling.
Jeff Goldblum met James Watson on a number of occasions over the years, but it wasn't until he bumped into him on a cruise (in the company of Tom Stoppard, Stevie Wonder and Paul G. Allen) that Watson declared he'd never have chosen Jeff to portray him in film.