Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives

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Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives
Based onThe Many Worlds by Hugh Everett
Directed byLouise Lockwood
Presented byMark Oliver Everett
Narrated byAnnie Mac
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerAndrew Thompson
  • Folko Boermans
  • Jon Neuburger
Running time60 minutes[2]
Production companyBBC
Original release
Release26 November 2007 (2007-11-26)

Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives is a BAFTA-winning[3] television documentary broadcast in 2007 on BBC Scotland and BBC Four, in which American rock musician Mark Oliver Everett talks with physicists and the former colleagues of his father—Hugh Everett—about his father's many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.[4][5] The documentary was shot and directed by Louise Lockwood and edited by Folko Boermans.

The American premiere screening was at the 2008 inaugural World Science Festival in New York City.[6]

The documentary was shown in full before each concert during the 2008 world tour of Eels.[citation needed]

A petition was started to persuade the BBC to issue the documentary on DVD.[7]

Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives was broadcast in the United States on the PBS program Nova on 21 October 2008. The US version of the documentary features American voice actors for the narration.[8] This version was available in DVD but has fallen out of print.[9]

The British version of the documentary is narrated by Annie Mac. The NOVA version was narrated by journalist Stefanie E. Frame.

Everett called making the film "the single most rewarding experience of my life in many ways."[10]


  1. ^ "Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives". Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives". BBC. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ TV Craft Winners 2008 Archived 2 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine, BAFTA
  4. ^ Thompson, Andrew, "The rock star and the quantum mechanic", BBC News, Monday, 26 November 2007
  5. ^ Hugh Everett: New film tackles "many worlds" theory of quantum mechanics 60 second science, Scientific American blog, by Jordan Lite and George Musser
  6. ^ " - an Eels Fansite". Archived from the original on 19 August 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2008.
  7. ^ Petition to BBC 4 for release of Parallel Worlds Parallel Lives on DVD Archived 1 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives", PBS Nova TV program, October 2008.
  9. ^ Amazon listing for Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives
  10. ^ "Hugh Everett Is Alive and Well in an Alternate Universe". Studio 360. WNYC. 10 December 2015.

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