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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 2, Episode 6 - Albert Einstein

The fundamental nature of the universe and a dislike of socks are tackled as comedian Mark Steel visits Switzerland to profile Albert Einstein.

Further details

A great physicist but a lousy father, Einstein played with the nature of space and time as easily as he did his beloved violin. Mark Steel grapples with the fundamental nature of the Universe and Einstein's dislike of socks to provide a comic guide to the essence of the most famous scientist in history.

Surely the only television programme in history to explain special relativity with reference to both minicabs and Blake's 7, this is Einstein in a nutshell, at nearly the speed of light.

Broadcast details

Friday 10th December 2004
BBC Four
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Mark Steel Host / Presenter
Martin Hyder Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Jo Brand Self
Writing team
Mark Steel Writer
Pete Sinclair Writer (Additional Material)
James Serafinowicz (as James Sezchuan) Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Michael Cumming Director
Jon Rolph Producer
Emma De'Ath Executive Producer
Graham Smith Executive Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer
Jon Blow Editor
Matt Roberts Editor
Geoff Slack Costume Designer
Sarah Burrows Make-up Designer

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