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Eric Idle's The Entire Universe

Explore the history of the entire universe with Professor Brian Cox, a chorus of singers and dancers, show tunes, and guest stars Warwick Davis, Noel Fielding, Hannah Waddingham and more.


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A cosmic explosion of comedy, music, dance and science, ERIC IDLE’S THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE tackles nothing less than the origins of the cosmos in a zany one-hour variety extravaganza on PBS. In his quest to unlock the secrets of the universe, Idle is ably assisted by renowned British physicist Brian Cox and special guests Warwick Davis, Noel Fielding, Robin Ince and Hannah Waddingham, with an appearance from European Space Agency astronaut and former Space Station crewmember Tim Peake. 

Filmed before a live audience, ERIC IDLE’S THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE opens with Master of Ceremonies Idle introducing Professor Cox, who will deliver a lecture on the origins of the cosmos. His valiant attempts to explain the 138-billion-year history of the universe — including the Big Bang, the space-time continuum, fundamental particles, gravitational fields and more — are constantly interrupted by a motley crew of special guests, including popular British comedian and new host of the UK’s The Great British Bake-Off Noel Fielding, who appears as both Albert Einstein and a Higgs Bosun particle; Warwick Davis, whose jokes about his height are paired with a song lamenting Pluto’s diminished status in the solar system; and Game of Thrones’ Hannah Waddingham, the original Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, who sings about time and the speed of light backed by dancers from the Muriel Tritt School of Music and Dance. 

Eric Idle's The Entire Universe

Eric Idle's The Entire Universe

Aired: 2017-12-22 12:00:00 54:30 Expires: 01/20/18 Rating: TV-PG

Explore the history of the universe with Professor Brian Cox.