Longitude (TV series)
|Written by||Charles Sturridge,
Dava Sobel (book)
|Directed by||Charles Sturridge|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||4 (2 DVDs)|
|Executive producer(s)||Pippa Cross,
|Running time||250 min (UK)
200 min (US)
|Original channel||Channel 4|
|Original release||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 a dramatisation 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).
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.
|18th Century||20th Century|