TV and Radio Guide w/c 31st March 2014

Some great TV and Radio next week including:

  • Jim Al-Khalili’s brilliant Chemistry: A Volatile History on Saturday.
  • Jim Al-Khalili also talks with Veronica van Heyningen about the discovery of Pax-6 (a key gene for the eye) in a Life Scientific on Tuesday
  • Bang Goes The Theory looking into old age on Monday
  • Costing the Eath discusses the recent report from the IPCC
  • Horizon: Living with Autism
  • Inside Science doing its thing on Thursday
  • In Our Time on the states of matter on Thursday morning.
  • Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson on Sunday (if you have Sky)

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 24th March 2014

Just the guide today.


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TV and Radio Guide w/c 17th March 2014

Some great programmes on this week including:


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TV and Radio Guide w/c 10th March 2014

OK – I said lunchtime, and it’s lunchtime somewhere in the world – just ask the ISS.

Sarah has collated the programmes and her pick is Live from Space on Channel 4 and my pick of the week is on National Geographic if you have it – Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey – I will be getting the DVD! 

Sorry again for the delay. Back to normal service next week.

Thanks for your support… 


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TV Guide Hiatus

Hi all,

I’ve received a comment today on the blog asking whether we’ve stopped doing the guide. The quick answer is no.

The problem has been that the guide is a time intensive operation and is generally done over our weekend. Both Sarah and I have been busy with work, away, ill etc over the 2 week staggered 1/2 term period.

I was hoping to post the guide this evening, but I’m currently preparing for an lesson observation tomorrow.

I’m really sorry for letting you all down over the last few weeks, but please be assured that producing the guide is still an ongoing concern; I just have to get better at producing it more quickly.

Many thanks to your continued support.

Alex (and Sarah)

TV and Radio Guide w/c 10th February 2014

It’s a quiet week this week. Sarah has collated the programmes and her pick is the Infinite Monkey Cage special on BBC Radio 4Extra from last year. My pick of the week is Horizon – Man on Mars 

Other highlights include:

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 3rd February 2014

This week sees the return of the Sky at Night, which has now moved to its new home on BBC Four and is hosted by Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Chris Lintott with contributions from Helen Czerski. This month the planet Jupiter is the star and this is Sarah’s Pick of the Week.

My pick of the week is Horizon – Swallowed by a Sinkhole with Professor Iain Stewart. Why is Florida the Sinkhole capital of the World.

Other highlights include:

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 27th January 2014

So yesterday was a bit of a blur, and I only just managed to get the guide out Monday morning at break time. Sorry once again for the delay.

A number of picks this week:

  • Horizon – Sugar v Fat – the evidence about what is worse for you, sugar or fat, has taken a new direction in the last few years, with more and more studies showing how and why sugar is so bad for you. Horizon compares the two with a unique experiment. Identical twin doctors follow radically different diets to try to determine the effects.
  • Fixing Nitrogen (on iPlayer now) – with @SellatheChemist looking at alternatives to producing Nitrogen via the Haber process for fertiliser.
  • Inside the Animal Mind – with Chris Packham, looking at what it would be like if we had the senses of other animals.
  • Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom – they’re investigating Fleming and his discovery of penicillin.
  • Pain, Pus, and Poison – Michael Mosley tackles infection.
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TV and Radio Guide w/c 20th January 2014

Firstly, an apology for missing last week’s TV and Radio guide. It was a rather momentous occasion for the Science TV and Radio Guide as @MrsDrSarah and I met in person for the first time at the ASE Annual conference in Birmingham. It was a very busy weekend and unfortunately the guide was the casualty of not enough spare time.

Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom – back for Series 2

However, we’re back and so are the cheeky duo Dick and Dom with their second series of Absolute Genius. The series last year caught me by surprise. I only heard about it through a colleague on twitter who used to teach Fran Scott, the science expert on the programme. Annoyingly this brilliant programme doesn’t show up in the Science and Nature category on the BBC schedules, which is a shame as it an Absolute Genius piece of programming, aimed effectively at older primary, and perhaps KS3 students.

Highlights are :

  • Absolute Genius – Dick and Dom are looking at the Wright brothers and the science of powered flight.
  • Hidden Kingdoms – How a young chipmunk in the woods of North America and a tree-shrew in the rain forest survive in the very different habitats.
  • Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search for Modern Medicine - Michael Mosley takes us on a journey through the discovery and development of our most useful and valuable drugs.
  • Project Nim - another chance to see the fantastic documentary about Nim Chimpsky, the chimpanzee who was the subject of a landmark experiment to see if he could develop the use of human language under the right conditions.

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 6th January 2014

Happy New Year! I’ve spent today collating the programmes for this week, “discussing” Teach First and teacher training routes on twitter (why?) and planning for tomorrow. And no I’ve not watched Sherlock yet.

Highlights are :

  • Of course – Stargazing Live – with Prof Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain wth Liz Bonnin searching for the Aurora Borealis. There are 3 days of programmes dedicated to the skies starting on Tuesday.
  • Code of Life – If you can catch this programme on BBC 4, or on iPlayer it’s really worth it. The discovery of DNA in the scientist’s own words.
  • Dolphins: Spy in the Pod. Despite the characterisation of the underwater camera “spies”, this was compelling watching last week and Orca are always worth watching.
  • Terry Wogan is looking at the Human Body Clock, this should be entertaining if not enlightening (hopefully both).

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