TV and Radio Guide w/c 23 Feb 2015


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Welcome back after half-term break.

Please excuse the short post and enjoy this week’s Science TV and Radio. Thanks to @MrsDrSarah for collating the data.

Picks include:

Here’s the guide: Science TV and Radio Guide_20150223.pdf

TV and Radio Guide w/c 9 Feb 2015


Video Pick: Riding Light


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Video pick: Riding Light ride a photon travelling at the speed of light from the sun. This video takes you all the way out to Jupiter 40 minutes later . A great video to share with students to give them an idea of the scale of the universe and the speed of light. Thanks to Christina Milos (@surreallyno) for posting link on twitter.

This week’s picks include:

Here’s the guide: Science TV and Radio Guide_20150209.pdf

TV and Radio Guide w/c 2 Feb 2015

This week’s picks include:

Here’s the guide: Science TV and Rado Guide_20150202.pdf


TV and Radio Guide w/c 26 Jan 2015

The ascent of Everest. The original footage restored and colourised by the BFI.

Some more older Horizon films this week, as well as Sarah’s pick of the week – a restored film documenting the ascent of Everest.
Other highlights include: Inside Science, The Infinite Monkey Cage and Could we Survive a Mega Tsunami.

If you can – catch last week’s Inside Science for a great piece on light.

Here’s the guide: Science TV and Radio Guide_20150126.pdf


TV and Radio Guide w/c 19 Jan 2015

The Infinite Monkey Cage returns. This week: deception.

Sarah’s pick of the week is also mine: Yes, those science monkeys are back with more guests to pull apart non-scientific thinking and discuss ideas that are beyond us mere mortals. Other than that it’s a quiet week with nothing much else catching our eye – though you could catch up on lots of Horizon’s if the fancy takes you.

Check out the 3 recommended videos on the bottom of the guide. The first is the set of 3 Christmas Lectures, How to Hack Your Home, which are now online at the RI Science site. The other two are both produced by (indeed one written) by Alom Shaha, one (The Electric Sausage) for the STEM Centre and the other (Why science is NOT ‘Just a Theory’) for the RI Science site. Check them out.

Here’s the guide: Science TV and Radio Guide_20150119.pdf


TV and Radio Guide w/c 12 Jan 2015

Quick post this week – will blog more later –

Highlights are

  • Brainwaves (from Monday) Jocelyn Bell Burnell on her discoveries and gender in scientific academia.
  • What’s The Right Diet For You? A Horizon Special. Following a study of 75 people trying tailored diets.
  • The Sky At Night. From last Sunday. Great new insights into the Milky Way.
  • TED Radio Hour: Why We Fear. Chris Hadfield joins Guy Raz for a discussion on the psychology of and need for fear.
  • And in case you missed it from last week: Self Orbits Cern. The link is to the podcast of this 5 part set of musings by Will Self as he treks, ambles, and scent-marks his way round the 27km of the Large Hadron Collider. This is an exploration into the meaning of high energy science, and why science is such a great vehicle to be on for the journey into the unknown. Episode 4, when Will suddenly gets it, is great. My retrospective pick of last week.

Here’s the guide: Science TV and Radio Guide_20150112.pdf


TV and Radio Guide w/c 5 Jan 2015


2015 is the International Year of Light

Happy New Year. We’re back.

We’re looking forward to a year of Science TV and Radio with hopefully no interruptions to the guide this year. Things to look out for in the next few months are a new series of The Infinite Monkey Cage and StarGazing Live in March to coincide with the solar eclipse.

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A TV and Radio Guide break…

Philae Lander - sleep

Philae is resting: The Rosetta lander


Dear teachers and students who use the science TV and Radio guide,

Sarah and I have been discussing the absence of the guide for the last few weeks and have come to a decision. We are both too busy to collate and produce the weekly guide at the moment. The autumn term has taken its toll on us both and we keep having to put off the labour of love that you all enjoy using. This leads to weekly disappointment for you and guilt and frustration for us.

So a decision… we’re going to stop producing the guide until the New Year. This will give us time to get all the other things like family life and work commitments in order. I will also endeavour to spend the time making the process more “helper friendly” so that the people who have kindly offered help in the past can support us next year.

Please continue to follow the @ScienceTVRadio twitter account as we will tweet and RT programmes that we think will interest you in the meantime.

Best wishes and a happy December and Christmas.

We’ll see you in the New Year.


(No) TV and Radio Guide w/c 10 November 2014

It’s been a hectic start back to school after 1/2 term holiday and I’m struggling to balance all the things in I need to do for school with family life.

Please pass on my apologies to your students but there is no TV and Radio Guide this week.

I’ll include some highlights from the week to pique your interest:

  • Sunday’s Sky at Night is a special edition focusing on the exciting Rosetta mission that is landing on a comet this week. This is a must see.
  • The last episode of Human Universe was brilliant and you can watch it again next Sunday at 7pm.
  • Book of the Week is all about the history of forensics – written and read by the crime author Val McDermid
  • Inside Science on Radio 4 – but you listen to that every week anyway don’t you.

Be back soon, promise.

Best wishes,


TV and Radio Guide w/c 20 October 2014

Hello again…

Sarah’s pick of the week is the new David Attenborough documentary – Life Story – which explores the steps animals make through their lives. The cinematography looks stunning.

Once again my pick of the week is  Human Universe, in which Professor Brian Cox explains the special so called Goldilocks conditions required for a civilisation such as ours to thrive in the universe… are we alone?

If you can, I recommend that you subscribe to or download the podcast of Plants: from Roots to Riches (there are 25 episodes available to listen to).

Other recommendations are:

  • Hidden Histories of the Information Age: the events and innovations from the age of communication
  • The Life Scientific: Maggie Boden is in discussion with Jim Al-Khalili about her experience in multiple academic subjects that help make her a world authority in the field of artificial intelligence.
  • Inside Science: Solar physicist Dr Lucie Green gives us her round up of the week’s news and views in the scientific world.
  • Wonders of the Monsoon: the thousands of islands that make up Malaysia and Indonesia are unique habitats that are affected greatly by the monsoon.
  • Naked Scientists: answering science questions from listeners and 5 Live Science where those Naked Scientists go through the week’s science news.
  • The Private Life of Plants: at the time it was made (the mid 1990s) this series was a triumph of special timelapse photography that gave a unique insight into the world of plants.

Remember, these programmes are now available for 30 days after broadcast on BBC iPlayer.

I promised a round up of the science programmes available on 4 on Demand this week, however as I am on half term next week I will be doing a round up of programmes instead of a full guide.

Science TV and Radio Guide_20141020.pdf


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