Elements of BBC2 in fall: 'Zinc,' 'Einstein'

Factual programs explore WWII, marine biology

LONDON -- Viewers may have been left in the lurch over whether he will return to screens here again as "Doctor Who," but actor David Tennant will take on a very different mantle when he plays a British astrophysicist in a new drama that will air on BBC2 this autumn.

In "Einstein and Eddington," due to hit screens in the fall, Tennant will play Arthur Eddington alongside Andy Serkis (the "Lord of the Rings" movies), who plays Albert Einstein in a drama that explores the relationship between two pioneering scientists, one British and one German, against the political backdrop of Europe on the brink of World War I.

Other upcoming highlights include "My Zinc Bed," an adaptation of David Hare's drama about drug addiction, which stars Uma Thurman and Jonathan Pryce.

In "Fallen," the network will commemorate the lives of British servicemen and women who died serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in an epic three-hour documentary that examines their lives and the impact their death has made on their families and friends.

Factual highlights include "Oceans," exploring underwater archaeology, geology, marine biology and anthropology, while "WWII -- Behind Closed Doors" looks at the relationships Joseph Stalin and the leaders of the Western allies. BBC2's main acquisition "Heroes" will return for Season 3.