Paul Olding








In Brief



Particle physicist and ex D:Ream keyboard player Prof Brian Cox (he got a promotion) wants to know What Time Is It? It’s a simple question and it sounds like it has a simple answer. But do we really know what it is that we’re asking? Brian visits the ancient pyramids at Chichen Itza in Cancun where the Maya built temples to time. He finds out that a day is never 24 hours because our planet spins erratically, and meets the keeper of time on our planet. He discovers that we not only travel through time at the speed of light, but to someone watching you, your time can speed up or slow down depending on where you are and what you’re doing. He journeys to the beginning of time (and beyond), and explores the very limit of time, a point where current physics just doesn’t have the answers.











Award for Scientific Merit

“…This BBC Horizon production maintains the high standard set by their earlier documentaries, and with

stylish visuals and Professor Brian Cox’s always engaging delivery, takes a simple, familiar question

through an impossibly complex yet fascinating series of answers…”





Audience Prize




Other Festivals


Academia Film Olomouc, Czech Republic 2010


Goethe Institute Science Film Festival, Bangkok 2009





The Sun – ‘They call me the Liam Gallagher of physics’


Radio Times – ‘Horizon at its best’


TV Scoop – ‘Stupendous Programme’


Digital Spy – ‘watchable, intelligent, entertaining’


Independent – ‘a cerebral treat’


Times – ‘better than Professor Brian Cox's last Horizon’


Spiked – ‘baffling’


Independent – ‘a cerebral treat’



Public (Blogs and Emails)

Fantastic programme

I enjoyed it immensely

Enjoyable, interesting, informative

I had my brain stimulated

dealt nicely with translating the deepest concepts into layman's terms

Cox is lucky to be quite a handsome guy

thought he did a pretty good job of explaining some pretty complicated concepts

it did its job well, namely of getting people who are not scientist interested in the subject

Horizon as it used to be. And as it should be

both engrossing and mind-expanding. Simply brilliant.

Cox is like Carl Sagan in his enthusiasm and ability to convey complex ideas

an incredible episode of Horizon

A whirlwind tour of everything from quantum time to general relativity in an hour.




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Featuring behind the scenes videos

(that you won’t see on tv)





Photo Album



Chichen Itza, Cancun












Filming Aerials in Boston



MIT Haystack, Boston



DoP Chris King








On the Road, Baltimore




Viewing the Hubble Deep Field




Contemplating Einstein

Anza Borrego Desert, Calif







DoP Chris King




Catching his second fish



Researcher Tom Ranson








Soundman Jon Thomas




Me and my beard



Rock Star (yeah right)








Jibbing in the desert




Time ticks by




Night time on the beach in San Diego























Max Tegmark

Cosmological Time





Irwin Shapiro

‘Shapiro Time Delay’




Arthur Neil

Day length Time







Dennis McCarthy

Director of Time, USNO





Steve Beckwith

Hubble Deep Field




Saul Perlmutter

Cosmological Time









Neil Turok

M Theory





Fay Dowker

Causal Set Theory









There once was a lady named Bright,
Who traveled faster than light.
She set out one day,
In a relative way,
And returned on the previous night.




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