Longitude: The Miniseries

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History, Science Documentary with no narration published by Channel 4 in 1999 - English language

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Based on Dava Sobel's extraordinary novel, this four part TV production is a magnificent drama. Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons stars in this sweeping adaption of Sobel's best-selling book which tells a time spanning parallel story of high seas adventure and political intrigue in the race to discover the life-or-death secret of LONGITUDE. Once out of sight of land, mariners had no reliable way of telling their exact position in the world's seemingly endless oceans, so on 1714 Parliament offered a 20,000 prize to anyone who could accurately measure longitude at sea. Since seafaring was one of the lifelines of the empire, this project was widely regarded as the most important of its time. Then an unknown craftsman comes along and claims to have done the impossible! John Harrison will be grilled by jury of scholars for decades. The scandal would be too big if a simple man had actually succeeded where all renowned scientists of the time failed miserably. John Harrison (Michael Gambon) flies in the face of popular opinion by saying that the stars do not provide the answer, and provides his own solution with the invention of a mechanical clock. However, it takes Harrison forty years to prove his theory, and he is eventually forgotten in the mists of time. Centuries later, Robert Gould (Jeremy Irons) attempts to restore Harrison's reputation by tracking down and repairing the four clocks he originally constructed. This is the true story of one man's forty-year struggle to win the prize money by proving that his mechanical clock was the answer, not the stars as most people in the scientific establishment believed. It also tells the story of Rupert Gould, who two centuries later tracked down the four machines Harrison had built and took on the task of restoring both the reputation and the physical condition of the clocks, enabling future generations to realise the significance of Harrison's vision. This film was awarded a BAFTA award in 2001 for Best Drama Series and Best Actor (Michael Gambon). Written and Directed by Charles Sturridge ; A Granada Film production for Channel Four in association with A&E Television Networks

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
Video Bitrate: 2 076 Kbps
Video Resolution: 720x400
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 224 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 1 h 33 min - 1 h 45 min
Number Of Parts: 2
Part Size: 1.52 GB - 1.69 GB
Source: DVD (Thanks to Pit-Bull-Power@a.b.xvid.german)
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