The Professor Brian Cox’s Movies – The Best Universe Documentaries

best universe documentaries


  • Wonders of the Solar System
  • Wonders of the Universe
  • Wonders of Life
  • Human Universe
  • Forces of Nature
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Imagine time of free and unlimited information, a time of unprecedented progression in astronomical discoveries. In fact, you do not need to imagine it because we live right in this moment. The world never knew so much about the Universe as we now.

The Universe is a world different from all that we know and as most of us are more receptive visually by nature, documentaries are one of the best ways of getting  and understanding of this little complex matter. The good news is that there are many! And they are all fascinating and interesting and has a lot to learn from each of them. I admit that I have seen many of all documentaries about the universe that are made and here I want to share my favorite-  the movies of Professor Brian Cox.

best universe documentariesWhen this man speaks about physics and astronomy, he seems to be speaking about his great love in life. Within minutes, his passion will infect you and you will forget about everything conquered by its unique appearance. And because everything that comes from him comes from his heart, he can easily explain in plain language the complex processes and interactions in the Universe so that a little child could understand them. Prof.Brian Cox will tour the entire planet to find the exact spot from which to explain something seemingly very complex just because from there you will understand it much easier , will board a special plane that falls freely in the air to show the effect of lack of gravity, or will undergo several G-force to be clear what it is if you are on Jupiter. But who is Brian Cox?

Is a particle physicist and professor at the University of Manchester. He is also a member of the team on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

In a previous career he was the keyboardist in the synthpop dance band ‘D:Ream’ who performed at the 1997 victory party of the New Labour at the Royal Festival Hall, London, England.

He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to Science. He is the Professor of Particle Physics and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England.



The  “Collection of Wonders ”  along  with “Human Universe” are masterpieces. I adore them! They contributed  my love to the Universe to jump into a new,  higher dimension. The  Collection of Wonders  includes:

  • Wonders of the Solar System
  • Wonders of the Universe
  • Wonders of Life


Each of them has several one-hour episodes on various topics. I will examine them briefly so as not to spoil the pleasure while watching them.



In the series” solarsystemWonders of the Solar System”   the Professor will pay attention  to the processes and amazing things in our home Solar System. Episodes in it are:

  • Empire of the Sun
  • Order Out of Chaos
  • The Thin Blue Line
  • Dead or Alive
  •  Aliense


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In “Wonders of the Universe” Brian Cox will tell you about the epic story of the Universe in four unique episodes:

  • Destiny
  • Stardust
  • Falling
  • Messengers

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In “Wonders of Life”  the Professor considered one of fundamental question in the first episode –

  • What is Life, followed by
  • Expanding Universe
  • Endless Forms most Beautiful
  • Size Matters
  • Home

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humanuniverseI highly recommend the documentary  “Human Universe”. Here prof. Brian Cox speaks about the long way from the beginning of the human being until now in five episodes:

  • Apeman- Spaceman
  • Why We Are Here
  • Are We Alone
  • A Place in Space and Time
  • What is Our Future

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This is the newest movie of the Professor.The documentary series couples high-definition cinematography with calm and methodical narration, uncovering how some of our planet’s most beautiful sights and events are created by the underlying Forces of Nature. It follows on from Brian’s 2014 series for the BBC, Human Universe. Here are the names of the episodes:

  • The Universe in a Snowflake
  • The Moth and the Flame
  • Somewhere in Spacetime
  • The Pale Blue Dot

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I’m more than sure that you’ll love the movies. I believe  that you won’t  watch them only once. The documentaries of prof. Brian Cox are a unique interactive learning tool which is good to own. Lift yourself, your child or a friend one step up in the awareness of our place in the Universe.

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24 thoughts on “Movies

  1. james

    So cool, great topic and I have yet to see anything like it. I always loved the stars. The mind boggling idea of the universe is forever. I can’t even fathom the vastness of it. Foolish to think we are the only living things in it. I spent a lot of time looking at the telescopes and remembered as a kid that i had a great deal of them as they got better and better. Sadly the older I got the less I looked at the stars. I am so glad you have such passion in the topic of the Universe. I was also extremely shocked how many of those movies I have actually sat down and watched with my wife. I am more of a geek then i thought 🙂

    1. Ignat

      Hello James. Yes, the universe is really so vast that it is difficult for the mind to comprehend, and it would be such a waste of space if only our planet has life. Sorry to hear that you are not looking at the stars as before, they always make buzzing mind to stop for a bit and quiet down in the silence of the magnificent picture. I am glad that you have experience with telescopes today they are very modern and almost do everything by itself. Maybe you have to get back in astronomy 🙂

  2. Ian

    Great post! I love Brian Cox’s movies, he shows a true scientific approach and curiosity about the world and beyond.
    He blends a sensible scientific approach while also imbuing his performances with emotion. I love hearing his voice as well. It’s very soothing.
    Thanks for sharing and keep it up!

    1. Ignat

      Yeah, very well said Ian, Brian Cox is amazing! Thank you for the comment.

  3. Riaz Shah

    Hey Ignat,
    Big fan of Brian Cox here, I bought Wonders of Life before and man, what he unveils is very deep. Makes you stop, stare at the sky for a second, and ask… What is my purpose? Mind blowing, it helped me shape myself and I would definitely recommend this everyone!

    1. Ignat

      Absolutely agree with you Riaz! Professor Cox is treasure which people need to know! Тhe first time when I came across with his movie I started to love him.
      Thanks for comment.

  4. Your niche is well informative and give well explanation about the universe and well structured.

    1. Thanks Davidd! I’m doing this with all of my heart 🙂

  5. stella

    Hi Ignat, I was fascinated by your post, it got me thinking more about the universe. People like professor Brain Cox have made it easier for a layman to understand how the solar system and the universe in general works. I will be checking out his documentaries to find out more as I have a lot to learn when it comes to this topic. Thank you for the information.

    1. Ignat

      Your are very welcome stella!

      The movies of prof. Brian Cox are are really masterpieces. The best way to start if you are new in the topic. And about the topic – you can’t get wrong with Astronomy. Definitely will bring only positive things in your life.

      Thanks for the comment!

  6. Ignat, I have watched a number of TV shows with Brian Cox presenting. What I love about him is he takes the dryness, that so many lecturers have, out of physics . When I did civil engineering I redid a physics course I originally had done years before, just to brush up on it. My earliar professor was fascinating and had the whole class enraptured. And I aced the course.

    The second time through the subject was split into two parts with two different lecturers. The first was of the dry and boring teaching method. That course I struggled with as he was such a poor communicator. The second was like my earlier lecturer and again I aced the course to the extent my average over the two parts was pretty good.

    Lots of people hate science because they had bad communicators!

    If your physics love extends beyond the stars try watching the TV series ‘Twisting the Dragon’s Tail’. It is presented by another PhD fellow, name of Derek Muller. He is a similar presenter and I have talked to many people who say he is the first person that made physics interesting for them.

    I love watching the sky, both during the day for cloud formations and at night for everything else. We live in the country so we see a very bright night sky and, at the right times. the Aurora Australis. It is so soothing looking up and seeing all that.

    Great site and I will keep returning.


    1. Dear Helen,
      What you are saying is so interesting. I really like physics but have never think about going on course. Because of you now I believe it will be very exciting to join one.
      I definitely will check Deler Muller’s series, and want to thank you for giving me this information.
      Really jealous about Aurora Austalis – didn’t see the phenomenon so far, but I’m sure the future will bring it to my Life.
      Thank you for the interesting comment. Will be happy to see you again here 🙂

  7. ches

    What a great site for those interested in our galaxy and the rest of the universe. I used to work in an astronomical observatory here in the UK. This would be ideal information for those visitors who wanted to know more about the night sky.
    Prof. Brian Cox is a wonderful teacher. He is always so positive and breaks the difficult and scientific content so that the young, the old and the inbetween can understand it. His knowledge is incredible.
    I often wondered if his videos were available to buy but didn’t pursue my question. But here they are for me to peruse at my leisure. Thanks for the info.

    1. Ignat

      Thanks ches! 

      If I have to be honest, the professor ignited in me the passion about the Universe, and later on this website appear 🙂


  8. Kris

    Gosh you have obviously been infected with some of that Brian Cox amazing passion for the universe the way you are discussing these films! I was wondering, are they very easy to understand? I think my kids would enjoy learning more about the wonders of the universe, but I want them to be able to understand. They are 10 and 12. Thanks so much for sharing. Kris

    1. Ignat

      :)))) Well, obviously I was infected with his passion, yes…

      The movies are very easy to understand and I believe your kids will like them a lot! You can start with “Wonders of Life” – it will grab them’s attention for sure, and then keep going with the other ones. 

      Thanks for the comment, Kris

  9. Chad

    Hello Ignat,

    Great article on movies by Brain Cox, I have watched a lot of his documentaries, and agree that he gives the impression of real passion for Phisics & Astronomy.

    He projects a positive vibe to his commentaries, that makes watching him very entertaining and informative at the same time.

    Did not realize you can get the DVD’s from Amazon; that is a good gift idea for someone who seemingly has everythiing.

    Thanks for the information,

    Have a great day!


    1. Ignat

      Thanks Chad!

       Professor Brian Cox Rocks! 


  10. SharonRPh

    I am so glad I read your article on Brian Cox’s movies.  Waaaay back in the 60’s my brother and I were huge sci-fi fans when no one around us even had a clue.  This brings back memories and the desire to do some viewing that actually feeds my brain.  The fact that you present Brian Cox as a unique, totally immersed, kinda down-to-earth (no pun) guy encourages me to change my viewing diet this very evening!   Thanks for a complete and very organized review of his work that is available!

    1. Ignat

      Is always a good feeling to know that I just made one more follower of Professor Brian Cox! Enjoy his work SharonRPh and thanks for the comment!

  11. Emmanuel Buysse

    Great article and very good information

    I’m always been a huge “fan” of the universe, it is very fascinating how everything begun, the stars, planets, I have a telescope specially to look for the stars nd other galaxies

    I will check out these documentaries you proposed, because they explain so much

    Thanks for sharing it with us!

    1. Ignat

      You are very welcome Emmanuel Buysse! You going to love the Professor! 

  12. Maria

    This is a great topic, the Universe is a big mystery. Even there are a lot of theories, with good physics explanations it is a mystery. The series from Professor Brian Cox, combine good pictures and his own rich and magical imagination for tell stories. I hope we all will enjoy them. The prices in Amazon are reachable, the collection is not expensive. I liked your post, well done.

    1. Ignat

      Thanks Maria, once you get touched with Professor Brian Cox is for a life time! Also one of the best learning tools so far! 

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