The invitation said: ‘Channel 4 invites you to join Professor Stephen Hawking for a special preview screening of Stephen Hawking: Master of the Universe at Channel 4…’ No way was I saying no to that so off I went.
I’ve interviewed some top Hollywood stars in my time – I’m talking Big Kahunas here. However, I have never felt so humbled and awed as I was when Professor Hawking’s chair was wheeled in. "Hello. How are you?" he said to members of the press via his electronic voice synthesizer.
As far as I’m concerned, that should be officially listed as an eighth Wonder of the World. It was absolutely incredible to be in the presence of such a great man.
You’ll have to excuse my inability to find the words to express the feeling that came over me. Suffice it to say, I had goose bumps.
We were all there to watch the first instalment of a two-part series which examines some of the very biggest, mind-blowing posers of them all – and more astonishingly, tries to find answers. Presented by Professor Stephen Hawking, arguably the most famous scientist of our age, it lifts the lid on what we know about the universe, and how much more is still to be gleaned. The results will probably surprise even the most ardent armchair boffin. Among the posers featured here are: how did the universe begin, how will it end and what was there before it?
On starry, starry, nights – when looking up at the sky makes me breathless at the beauty of it all – I’ve pondered these very things. Who? What? When? Why? How? Watching this programme will make you realise just how insignificant our planet really is in the grand scheme of things – how petty are all the things we find to fight over (religion? Pah). The man himself says: "…my need to find answers to the fundamental questions about our existence is undiminished." Now that’s what I call music to my ears. The series starts on Channel 4 tonight, and concludes next week, at 9pm. Watch and prepare to be astounded…
Channel 4 clip: Stephen Hawking introduces Master Of The Universe
Today I am mostly lovin’ – Mad Men. Make a date to watch every Sunday on BBC Four (or catch up every Tuesday night on BBC2) because this is quality must-see television. Another fab US import.
Today I am mostly hatin’ – Am I the only person creeped out by that Foxy Bingo TV advert? It’s that bloomin’ man-fox!
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