Longitude (TV series)

Longitude is a 2000 TV drama produced by Granada Television and the A&E Network for Channel 4, first broadcast between 2 and 3 January 2000 in the UK on Channel 4 and the US on A&E. It is a dramatisation of the 1995 book of the same title by Dava Sobel. It was written and directed by Charles Sturridge and stars Michael Gambon as clockmaker John Harrison (1693–1776) and Jeremy Irons as horologist Rupert Gould (1890–1948).

GenreCostume drama
Written byCharles Sturridge,
Dava Sobel (book)
Directed byCharles Sturridge
StarringMichael Gambon
Jeremy Irons
Composer(s)Geoffrey Burgon
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes4 (2 DVDs)
Executive producer(s)Pippa Cross,
Delia Fine,
Anthony Root
Producer(s)Selwyn Roberts
CinematographyPeter Hannan
Editor(s)Peter Coulson
Running time250 min (UK)
200 min (US)
Production company(s)Granada Television
A&E Network
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release2 January (2000-01-02) –
3 January 2000 (2000-01-03)


Longitude presents the story of Harrison's efforts to develop the marine chronometer and thereby win the Longitude prize in the 18th century. This is interwoven with the story of Gould, a retired naval officer, who is restoring Harrison's four chronometers and popularises his achievements in the early twentieth century.


18th Century 20th Century


In 2001, Longitude was nominated for the British Academy Television Awards in ten categories, winning in five, including Best Actor (Michael Gambon) and Best Drama Serial.[1]


  1. ^ "Awards for Longitude". IMDb. Retrieved 20 February 2009.

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