TV Movie | | Drama, History
In two parallel stories, the clockmaker John Harrison builds the marine chronometer for safe navigation at sea in the 18th Century and the horologist Rupert Gould becomes obsessed with restoring it in the 20th Century.
Jeremy Irons agreed to take the role of Rupert Gould in part because of his friendship with Charles Sturridge, who had directed him in Brideshead Revisted (1981). To prepare for the role he read Gould's diaries, and studied Harrison's clocks at the Royal Observatory.
What makes a man great? A man may be great in his aims, or in his achievements, or in both, but I think that man is truly great who makes the world his debtor... who does something for the world which the world needs and which nobody before him has ...
In a conversation occurring in approximately 1730, John Harrison refers to the number pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. However, the notation pi was not in current use until it was adopted by Leonhard Euler in 1737.