TV Guide w/c 10th December 2012

This week’s TV Guide is collated by @MrsDrSarah (see older archives of TV Guides here and here) is now available.

A bit of a quiet week this week as Science Club has come to the end of its first series (it has a special episode airing at Christmas though), so this week is mainly for the biologists. Loads of David Attenborough on iPlayer and @MrsDrSarah’s pick of the week is the Frontiers: DNA radio programme now only available on iPlayer – she says “it was fascinating, especially the comment that now more DNA can be sequenced in a second than was possible in the span of a PhD about a decade ago”. I have to agree.  The repeated series First Life about the evolution of the early forms of life on earth is also worth a watch (more info on the series can be found here).

An early reminder about Science on TV at Christmas: tell your students (especially chemists) about the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures which, this year, are entitled The Modern Alchemist. They will be broadcast on the BBC this Christmas. Also check out the excellent Royal Institution RI Channel for past Christmas Lectures, the great Tales from the Prep Room video series as well loads of other video clips from TV science communicators such as Brian Cox, Dara O’Briain, Liz Bonnin etc, all organised into themes or collections. It really is a fabulous resource.

If you have any suggestions for next week, let me @A_Weatherall or @MrsDrSarah know on twitter using the hashtag #sciteachlib.

You can download the xlsx guide here: TV guide 10 Dec 12

Year group Title of the programme Why is it so great? When is it on?
GCSE and A level biologists The Infinite Monkey Cage (Radio) This week, hosts Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined by Jo Brand, along with two neuroscientists, to discuss the puzzle of the human brain. Mon 10 Dec, 4:30pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
A level physicists Discovery: Particle Physics (Radio) Find out what particle physicists are doing since the discovery of the Higgs boson. Mon 10 Dec, 7:32pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE and A level biologists Material World (Radio) Includes an interview with James Watson, one of the scientists who first examined the 3D structure of DNA. Mon 10 Dec, 9pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Miniature Britain (TV) Take a tour round Britain, with host George McGavin examining the fascinating world that is so small that we barely notice it. Wed 12 Dec, 8pm, BBC 1 (or on iPlayer)
A level biologists Frontiers: Forensic Phonetics (Radio) Discover how scientists use the characteristics of human speech to help solve crime. Wed 12 Dec, 9pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists David Attenborough’s First Life Attenborough examines the evolution of life on earth, travelling across continents to examine the history of the planet. Thurs 13 or Sat 15 Dec, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Naked Scientists (Radio) The Naked Scientist tackle questions from all areas of science. Sun 16 Dec, 6pm, BBC Local Radio (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people David Attenborough – 60 Years in the wild.  Various on TV. Sir David Attenborough has made an astonishing contribution to wildlife broadcasting over the past decades.  The BBC is celebrating this with a wealth of programmes, all of which are worth watching! On iPlayer
Any enthusiastic biologists Nature’s Microworlds A superb series that examines particular habitats and how the species living in the area interact to survive. On iPlayer
Any enthusiastic people Dara O’Briain’s Science Club An excellent series of programmes on a variety of topics.  The most recent episode examined the brain. On iPlayer
GCSE and A level biologists Frontiers: DNA Hear how the future of genetics is being shaped by increasingly powerful computers that can sequence genomes at astonishing rates. On iPlayer
Any enthusiastic people The Infinite Monkey Cage Brian Cox and Robin Ince discuss all things codebreaking in this episode. On iPlayer
Any enthusiastic podcast fans Science Weekly with Alok Jha A whole range of science & technology is explored in this podcast from the Guardian. via iTunes (or your chosen podcast player)
Any enthusiastic podcast fans Science in Action New developments in science from around the world from the BBC. via iTunes (or your chosen podcast player)
Any enthusiastic podcast fans The Naked Scientists A podcast from the live Naked Scientists radio show – laying science bare, answering questions and interviewing top scientists via iTunes (or your chosen podcast player)
GCSE & A level scientists How Stuff Works – Stuff You Should Know A podcast (which isn’t always science but is very good anyway) packed with stuff you should know about. via iTunes (or your chosen podcast player)
Any enthusiastic podcast fans Little Atoms Podcast A podcast from the live Little Atoms talk show. http://www.littleatoms.com/
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