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Sunday, July 09, 2000 N/A
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  • Season: 1999-2000
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Drama
  • Category: Movies
  • Subject Matter: Period Piece, Biography, Historical Piece
  • Based On: Longitude written by Dava Sobel
  • Misc.: 4 Hours

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Plot Synopsis

Based on the book by Dava Sobel. In 1714 England, after a sea disaster caused by faulty navigation, Parliament offer a large prize for the first man to solve the problem of calculating longitude at sea. John Harrison a rural carpenter/clockmaker worked for 50 years to convince skeptical scientists and pompous bureaucrats that the dilemma should be fixed by a time-keeping device rather than stargazing. He ultimately builds a timepiece that could fit in a navigations hand.


Production Company:

  • Granda Films IAW Channel Four, A&E Networks

Production Type:

  • Independent
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