, 13 Feb 2007
This dramatisation about Robert Oppenheimer and other scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project was made in the early eighties and stands the test of time very well. There are seven episodes, beginning with Oppenheimer's life and work in the years before the Second World War and his connections with people on the political left, which cost him his security clearance later on in the time of the MacCarthy witch hunts. The drama then depicts the community of scientists working at Los Alamos, their rivalries, their quarrels and the strains on their marriages. David Suchet is particularly good as the physicist Edward Teller. They were under pressure to create an atomic bomb before the Germans, but by the time the first bomb was tested, the war was over in Europe. Sam Waterson is excellent as Oppenheimer, who had to deal with truly unenviable moral dilemmas not to mention some difficult women and colleagues.
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