1951: King's College, London. The Race for DNA is on. As James Watson and Francis Crick build their models, Rosalind Franklin toils in her basement lab making precise photographs of DNA strands, unaware she's immersed in a drama that will define the world of science for generations to come. But when cancer consumes her at age 37, she realizes the prize she's coveted has nothing to do with a Novel Laureate. For Rosalind, the prize is life itself. Dramatizing not only the race for DNA, but also Rosalind Franklin's complex relationship with her father and ongoing romantic relationship with fellow scientist Jacque Mering, Rosalind's Helix tells the notorious DNA story from her point of view. Rosalind, a mountain climber, intellectual, and traveler, was neither a dowdy workaholic lab assistant (as portrayed in James Watson's famous Double Helix) nor a feminist martyr, but a passionate and brilliant woman.
Writer: Susan Stanton