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Stephen Hawking, Hollywood biggies on TV show

Usually sticking to its non-fiction content brief, this channel has, in a rare case, brought together the likes of Stephen Hawking, Samuel L Jackson, Morgan Freeman and Robin Williams for a show about life, the universe and everything else.

tv Updated: Oct 16, 2011 15:16 IST
Serena Menon

Usually sticking to its non-fiction content brief, this channel has, in a rare case, brought together the likes of Stephen Hawking, Samuel L Jackson, Morgan Freeman and Robin Williams for a show about life, the universe and everything else.

Called Curiosity, the show will delve into larger-than-life questions about space, biology, medicine, nature, archaeology, nature, technology and the scope of the human mind.

“This is one of our biggest productions, if not the biggest,” says Rahul Johri, senior vice president and general manager, Asia-Pacific, Discovery. “There are some questions in everyone’s mind, so the idea was to address them in some way,” adds Johri.

Interestingly, all the celebrities who have been roped in to lend their voices to Curiosity, have, in some way, been interested in the subject. “For instance, Stephen is the greatest thinker when it comes to the universe, Morgan is also into space and exploration, so he has done the episode on parallel universes,” says Johri, about the show that will go on air on Discovery at 8 pm on Monday. He adds, “Keeping this at the back of the mind, the programming of this show begun. It has big questions and even bigger names addressing and anchoring them.”

The show will open with an episode called Did God Create The Universe by Hawking. It will be followed by various others, presented by artistes like Maggie Gyllenhaal, singer-rapper Will I Am, Michelle Rodriguez (who presents Alien Invasion: Are We Ready) and Courtney Cox, who will be anchoring the episode called Life After Earth.