Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff: 10 little-known things to know about the twins carried away by the Covid-19

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TV’s most famous twins, Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff, died from Covid-19 six days apart. Although in the media, the Bogdanoff brothers kept some secrets.

They marked a whole generation. “Temps X”, the popular science program of Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff, introduced hundreds of thousands of children and adolescents to science in the late 1970s and early 1980s. so particular physical died six days apart, carried away by the Covid-19 at 72 years old. They had not wished to be vaccinated. Their life retained a part of mystery.

Twins born in the Gers

Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff were born in Saint-Lary in the Gers on August 29, 1949. It is their maternal grandmother, who had left Austria in 1926 after her divorce, who settled in the Gers in Saint-Lary castle.

Bogdanov or Bogdanoff

Igor and Grichka’s birth name is Bogdanoff. It was the name of their father, a painter of Russian origin. However, during their careers, the two brothers changed their name to Bogdanov, ending in -ov like UFO.

They harassed TF1

In 1976, Grichka called TF1 very regularly to be able to share his passion. By dint of insisting, he succeeded in obtaining Yves Mourousi, the presenter of the 1 p.m. newspaper. The journalist invites Grichka and Igor on his set to present their first book “Keys to science fiction”. Under the spell, Yves Mourousi offers them to present a column on extraterrestrials and robots in his Sunday show “Bon appétit”. Three years later, the brothers get their own “Temps X” show set in a spaceship setting.

They imagined the internet

On January 1, 1980, in “Temps X”, Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff imagine the creation of a worldwide network for the exchange of information which they call … internex. The Internet will see the light of day a decade later.

Contested scientific theses

Igor had a doctorate in theoretical physics, Grichka a doctorate in mathematics. However, the validity of their scientific work has been contested by much of the scientific community. A 2003 CNRS report disclosed by the weekly Marianne in 2010 concluded: “Faced with so much nonsense, confusion and obvious incomprehension, we cannot consider them as serious scientific texts”. The two brothers had seized the Council of State which rejected their appeal in 2019.

A mysterious physical appearance

Angular faces, prominent cheekbones, pronounced chins … The Bogdanoff brothers themselves admitted having “an extraterrestrial face”. However, they have always kept the mystery of the origin of the evolution of their face. Their friend, the philosopher and former Minister of National Education Luc Ferry, spoke of “an abuse of aesthetic medicine” and “just botox” for the chins.

Two opposing private lives

Grichka Bogdanoff remained single and never had children. Igor had six children from three different wives. He was married for several years with the writer Amélie de Bourbon-Parme.

Three discreet sisters

The Bogdanoff brothers had three sisters who live far from the media world. Laurence, 57, was a candidate on a list in the municipal elections of Garenne-Colombes in Hauts-de-Seine in 2020. Géraldine manages a taxi company in Drôme. Véronique is a sophrologist, according to Gala.

“Time X”: the return?

The Bogdanoff brothers had shot three pilots of a few minutes of their cult show “Temps X” for a broadcast on C8. The twins were to appear there in computer graphics. Fifty episodes were already written, according to their agent Damien Nougarede.

A book project with Pope Francis

In 1991, Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff published “Dieu et la science”. Thirty years later, they planned to write volume two and planned to involve Pope Francis, whom they were to meet in 2022. “It was gradually taking shape,” their editor Guy Trédaniel told the Parisian.