Longitude (TV series)

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Longitude
Genre Costume drama
Written by Charles Sturridge,
Dava Sobel (book)
Directed by Charles Sturridge
Starring Michael Gambon
Jeremy Irons
Composer(s) Geoffrey Burgon
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 4 (2 DVDs)
Production
Executive producer(s) Pippa Cross,
Delia Fine,
Anthony Root
Producer(s) Selwyn Roberts
Editor(s) Peter Coulson
Cinematography Peter Hannan
Running time 250 min (UK)
200 min (US)
Broadcast
Original channel Channel 4
Original airing 2 January 2000

Longitude is a 2000 TV drama produced by Granada Productions and the A&E Network for Channel 4, first broadcast in 2000 in the UK on Channel 4 and the US on A&E. It is an adaptation of the 1997 book of the same title by Dava Sobel. It was written and directed by Charles Sturridge and stars Michael Gambon as clockmaker John Harrison (1693–1776) and Jeremy Irons as horologist Rupert Gould (1890–1948).

Plot[edit]

Longitude presents the story of Harrison's efforts to develop the marine chronometer and thereby win the Longitude prize in the 18th century. This is interwoven with the story of Gould, a retired naval officer, who is restoring Harrison's four chronometers and popularises his achievements in the early twentieth century.

Cast[edit]

18th Century 20th Century

Awards[edit]

In 2001, Longitude was nominated for the British Academy Television Awards in ten categories, winning in five, including Best Actor (Michael Gambon) and Best Drama Serial.[1]

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