TV & Radio Guide 17th – 30th December 2012

There will be an extended edition of the TV Guide this week to cover Christmas, but due to an appointment with The Hobbit this afternoon and lots of marking I haven’t yet finished the post. So I will update this post later tonight with the following week’s TV and my picks of the week. (see older archives of TV Guides here and here)

Edit: Back from the Hobbit (great fun)… I’ve updated the table below to include TV and Radio over Christmas week.

My top picks from this week are Material World on Thursday (repeated the following Monday) looking at the unsung heroes of science, and Orbit – which is on early on Thursday morning, but will be on iPlayer later.

My top pick from the Christmas week has to be the three Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (on Boxing Day, 27th and 28th) with Dr Peter Wothers. Chemistry has not been well provided for on the TV & Radio over the last few weeks, so this is a chance for it to have the limelight.

Also, here are the wonderful science interviews from last week’s PM news programme on Radio 4. Thursday’s conversation with Aoife McLysaght was particularly nice, especially her little anecdote about why science is so important.

You can download the xlsx guide here TV guide 17 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 Ed Byrne, to discuss the creation of life. Mon 17 Dec, 4:30pm (Tue 18 Dec, 11pm), Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Material World (Radio) Find out whether cash prizes for science are a good thing, is there any science in The Hobbit, and solving the archaeological hoax of the Piltdown Man. Mon 17 Dec, 9pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE and A level biologists Discovery (Radio) Explorations in the world of science Mon 17 Dec, 7:30pm, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer)
GCSE and A level physicists 10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Earthquakes The science of earthquakes. Mon 17 Dec, 7pm, BBC 4
Any enthusiastic people Stephen Fry – Gadget Man Looking at how science and technology can keep us healthy. Mon 17 Dec, 8:30pm, Channel 4
Any enthusiastic people 10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Avalanches Iain Stewart reveals how the deadliest avalanche killed 18,000 people in three minutes. Tue 18 Dec, 7pm, BBC 4
Geeks and Nerds 🙂 The Big Bang Theory A new series of the comedy series is on E4 Tue 18 Dec, 8:30, E4
Any enthusiastic people The Life Scientific (Radio) Jim Al Khalili interviews – John Gurdon Nobel Prize winner. Tue 18 Dec, 9:30pm, Radio 4
Any enthusiastic people The Science Cafe (Radio) Science and technology stories from Welsh scientists. Tue 18 Dec, 6:30pm, Radio Wales and iPlayer after
Any enthusiastic people 10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Tsunamis Iain Stewart explores the most powerful giant waves in history. Wed 19 Dec, 7pm, BBC 4
Any enthusiastic people For All Mankind (Radio) Science writer Chris Riley examines the enduring legacy of the Apollo moon missions. Wed 19 Dec, 9pm, Radio 4
GCSE and A Level Physicists Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey Presenters Kate Humble and Dr Helen Czerski follow the Earth’s voyage around the sun for one complete orbit, to witness the astonishing consequences this journey has for us all. Thu 20 Dec, 4am, BBC 2 (and on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people The Science of Space Dive A repeat of the programme showing the preparation and build up to Felix Baumgartner’s historical space dive last month. Thu 20 Dec, 5am, BBC 2 (and on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Tails You Win: The Science of Chance A witty, mindboggling look at what chance really is. Thu 20 Dec, 7pm, BBC 2 (and on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Material World (Radio) Quentin Cooper and his guests discuss the unsung heroes of science. Thu 20 Dec, 4:30pm, Radio 2 (and on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Science In Action (Radio) All the week’s science news Thu 20 Dec, 7:32pm, BBC World Service (and on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Naked Scientists (Radio) The Naked Scientist tackle questions from all areas of science. Sun 23 Dec, 6pm, BBC Local Radio (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people The Infinite Monkey Cage (Radio) The Monkeys celebrate Christmas in their inimitable fashion. Mon 24 Dec, 4:30pm (Tue 25 Dec, 11pm), Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Material World (Radio) Quentin Cooper and his guests discuss the unsung heroes of science. Mon 24 Dec, 9pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Discovery (Radio) Explorations in the world of science Mon 24 Dec, 7:30pm, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer)
GCSE biologists Attenborough and the Giant Egg David Attenborough returns to the island of Madagascar in search of evidence for the extinct elephant bird. Tue 25 Dec, 8:45am, BBC 2
GCSE biologists Attenborough’s Ark: Natural World Special David Attenborough picks ten animals that he would most like to save from extinction. Tue 25 Dec, 9:45am, BBC 2
Any enthusiastic people Planet Dinosaur in 3D: Ultimate Killers A thrilling and immersive 3D journey into a lost world. Tue 25 Dec, 2:20pm, BBC HD
Any enthusiastic people Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild – Life on Camera David Attenborough offers a unique perspective on 60 years of wildlife filmmaking. Wed 26 Dec, 10am, BBC 2
Any enthusiastic people Is Our Weather Getting Worse? Droughts, violent storms and floods – has 2012 been a freak year or should we prepare for more extreme weather? Wed 26 Dec, 7:55pm, More4
Chemists and any enthusiastic people Royal Institution Christmas Lectures The Modern Alchemist, Air: The Elixir of Life. How our knowledge of air can be used to control fire, defy gravity and harness lightning. Wed 26 Dec, 8pm, BBC 4 / BBC HD
Any enthusiastic people Stephen Fri on the Phone (Radio) 1 Cellular Dreams – the development of the mobile phone network. Thu 27 Dec, 12:15am, Radio 4 and then on iPlayer
Any enthusiastic people Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild – Understanding the Natural World David Attenborough offers a unique perspective on 60 years of wildlife filmmaking. Thu 27 Dec, 10am, BBC 2
Chemists and any enthusiastic people Royal Institution Christmas Lectures The Modern Alchemist, Water: The Fountain of Youth. Dr Peter Wothers investigates whether drinking water can restore his youth Thu 27 Dec, 8pm, BBC 4 / BBC HD
Any enthusiastic people Stephen Fri on the Phone (Radio) 2 Carphone to Exec Brick Fri 28 Dec, 12:15am, Radio 4 and then on iPlayer
Any enthusiastic people Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild – Our Fragile Planet David Attenborough offers a unique perspective on 60 years of wildlife filmmaking. Fri 28 Dec, 10:05am, BBC 2
Chemists and any enthusiastic people Royal Institution Christmas Lectures The Modern Alchemist, Earth: The Philosopher’s Stone. Dr Peter Wothers discovers how carbon dioxide can be turned into diamonds and attempts the ambitious feat of turning lead into gold. Fri 28 Dec, 8pm, BBC 4 / BBC HD
Any enthusiastic people Stephen Fri on the Phone (Radio) 3 How Texting Triumphed and the Taxifone Failed Sat 29 Dec, 12:15am, Radio 4 and then on iPlayer
Any enthusiastic people Dara O’Briain’s Science Club An excellent series of programmes on a variety of topics. 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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