''Hawking'' is a {{BBC}} TV drama about the early career of StephenHawking, when he was a young doctoral student at Cambridge. It aired in 2004 and stars BenedictCumberbatch. It deals with three important threads in Hawking's life during those years: his relationship with Jane Wilde, the woman he would later marry; his diagnosis with Motor Neurone Disease, and the development of his ideas about the origins of the universe. The film was well regarded by critics when it first aired, and gained a resurgence in popularity after ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' came out, due to Cumberbatch's active fanbase.

[[IThoughtItMeant Has absolutely nothing to do with falconry.]]
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: A matter of some debate, amusingly enough.
-->"[Stephen] was so accommodating and really sweet and he teased me. He said: 'You're better looking than me; I was more scruffy than you'. "I've seen the photographs and it's not true," grins Benedict.
* {{Adorkable}}: Stephen, oh so very much, especially when he [[GeekyTurnOn gets all scientific]] when talking to girls.
** Penrose also has his moments.
* BathtubScene: Probably not intended for fanservice, as the context is a bit sad, but still, it's wet Benedict Cumberbatch.
* CallBack: "Can you hear me?"
* CallForward: When we first see Stephen he's sat idley, very much like someone would if they were doing a bad impression of Stephen Hawking. Then of course he stands up.
* CharacterTitle
* CuteGlassesBoy: Stephen's NerdGlasses only make him more {{Adorkable}}.
* DawsonCasting: Stephen is twenty-one at the beginning of the story. Benedict Cumberbatch was twenty-eight.
* {{Determinator}}: Seems to be the Hawking family ethos.
* {{Dramatization}}: It's based on real people, events and scientific ideas, but some of the details have been fictionalized.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: After two years not knowing whether he'd live to get his doctorate, Stephen finally makes a scientific breakthrough and his girlfriend agrees to marry him.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The stargazing scene at Stephen's birthday party. It shows Stephen's scientific interests, his sense of humor, his developing relationship with Jane, and, when Stephen and Jane are preparing to go back indoors, shows the first obvious indication that there's something medically wrong with him.
* FramingDevice: Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson's TV interview.
* GeekyTurnOn: Stephen's flirting-via-science can be seen as an attempt to invoke this. Or maybe he's just really bad at mundane small talk.
* GeniusCripple: Surprisingly downplayed, considering that this is about Stephen Hawking. By the last half hour of the movie Stephen's disability's progressed enough that he's started using a cane, but he's still ambulatory in the final scene. The "genius" part is played straight.
* GiveGeeksAChance
* IllBoy: Stephen, although [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready he survives]], and the young leukemia patient at the hospital.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Wilson and Penzias have a bit of this: the "know each other very well" variety, not the bickering.
* MononymousBiopicTitle
* NoAntagonist
* OscarBait: Not literally, as it wasn't a theatrical release, but it is a historical {{Biopic}} with a disabled protagonist. They even manage to mention the Holocaust in one of the Penzias and Wilson segments.[[note]]Arno Penzias was born in Germany in the 1930s, and a time came when his Jewish family found it expedient to leave the country.[[/note]]
** It did win a BAFTA.
* PluckyGirl: Jane, particularly when she's standing up to the Bursar on Stephen's behalf.
* SeriousBusiness: Theories about the origin of the universe, although since the characters in question are physicists, this is appropriate and to be expected.
** To a lesser degree, classical music. Stephen loves his Creator/RichardWagner.
* TheStoic: Stephen's parents.
-->"You've never been a sentimental man, Frank. I don't think we can afford for you to start now."
* VindicatedByHistory: The Big Bang, in-universe. Showing this seems to be the purpose of Penzias' and Wilson's segments.
* WaxingLyrical: During the stargazing scene.
--> "Jane?" "Yes?" [[Music/TheBeatles "Please please me."]]
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Stephen Hawking, back when he was more mobile and far less famous.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: Eventually subverted. Near the beginning of the movie, Stephen's remaining lifespan is estimated to be about two years. Two years later, while his illness has become noticeably worse, he's still going strong and full of plans for the future.
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