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The Mark Steel Lectures. Mark Steel
The Mark Steel Lectures

The Mark Steel Lectures

  • TV factual / stand-up
  • BBC Four
  • 2002 - 2006
  • 18 episodes (3 series)

Series telling the story of some of the world's greatest names, from Byron to Pankhurst, in an accessible, comic manner. Features Mark Steel and Martin Hyder.

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Series 1, Episode 2 - Isaac Newton

He was a scientist who thought he could turn lead into gold. He was an obsessive with a secret Swiss boyfriend. And, in the world of The Mark Steel Lectures, he likes Alphabetti Spaghetti and the Communards.

Further details

He was a scientist who thought he could turn lead into gold. He was an obsessive with a secret Swiss boyfriend. And, in the world of The Mark Steel Lectures, he likes Alphabetti Spaghetti and the Communards.

The contradictions of this fascinating character, half-scientist, half-magician, take us from Newton's childhood penchant for arson to the Houses of Parliament via Old Compton Street, discovering on the way why God can't draw circles and what Cliff Richard will be doing in the year 3150.

Mark Steel explores the world and the discoveries of Isaac Newton - surely one of Britain's finest scientific alchemical gay fraud-busting genius MPs.

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 14th October 2003
Time
10:40pm
Channel
BBC Four
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Cast
Mark Steel Host / Presenter
Martin Hyder Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Ainsley Harriott Ensemble Actor
Benedict Sandiford Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Mark Steel Writer
Pete Sinclair Writer (Additional Material)
James Serafinowicz (as James Sezchuan) Writer (Additional Material)
Phil Clarke Script Editor
Production team
Michael Cumming Director
Jon Rolph Producer
Graham Smith Executive Producer
Jon Blow Editor
Claire Buckett (as Clare Buckett) Make-up Designer

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