TV Guide w/c 7th January 2013

Happy New Year! It’s been a hectic holiday for me as I’ve been given an awesome Christmas present: a new baby daughter. And @MrsDrSarah, my TV guide collaborator (and brains behind the whole idea), has been at the ASE Conference for the last 3 days so she’s been rather busy too.

So I missed a guide last week, but if you’d been paying attention to your TV schedules and weren’t too distracted by Mary Poppins or Midsomer Murders, you will have noticed that a new David Attenborough series started on the BBC: Africa. This was filled with amazing footage of the various animals and birds of the Kalahari desert and the climax was a fight for dominance between two bull giraffes. The fight lasted a couple of minutes which was slowed down but if you take a minute to remind yourself of the scale of these animals it really is quite astounding behaviour that has been filmed, and well worth seeking out on iPlayer.

The even more observant of you will have noticed that a new David Attenborough series started on Sky: Galapagos 3DI’ve not seen this as I don’t have access to Sky, but the trailer looks fabulous. It’s a 3 part series looking at the influence the Galapagos islands have had on our understanding of evolution and adaptation. The link will allow you to watch the first episode Origin from New Years Day if you have a Sky account.

What a wonderful week of Science TV and Radio we have lined up for you. The second episodes of Africa and Galapagos would have been my picks of the week but it’s StarGazing Live week. Dara O’Briain and Brian (O)Cox are gracing our screens again with the help of Liz Bonnin and Mark Thompson. If you follow the link then you’ll find a wealth of information of things you could do in school or suggest for your students to do to join in. I realise this doesn’t give you much time to plan for this week; I will advise you earlier next year!

Stargazing Live – (Photo: Mel Gigg, Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group from BBC Stargazing Website)

A new feature of the weekly TV Guide is a YouTube video link to share with your students. I’ve decided to start off with a year end video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj7iE2Q0Mpw) from the SciShow channel by Hank Green (one of the VlogBrothers – his brother is the author John Green) where he gives a run down of the science stories of 2012. Hank has a rather unique delivery (sometimes I think he may pass out mid sentence) however he and his brother are veteran YouTuber’s and his SciShow channel has a large selection of interesting videos.

You can download the xlsx guide here: TV guide 7 Jan 13

If you are finding these guides useful, please leave a comment below and tell us how you use them in school, or leave suggestions for improving the guide. Many thanks, Alex and Sarah.

Year group Title of the programme Why is it so great? When is it on?
GCSE Biologists Nature’s Weirdest Events Chris Packham investigates unusual natural events such a town engulfed by a swarm of flying insects, friendly polar bears and noisy mating calls. Mon 7th Jan, 7pm BBC HD or BBC iPlayer
GCSE and A Level Chemists Nitrogen: Forgetting Fritz (Radio) A short look at one an important scientist Frizt Haber who helped developed our understanding of the important element nitrogen. Mon 7th Jan, 11:32am BBC World Service and BBC iPlayer
Any enthusiastic people Material World (Radio) Winter vomiting bug, the physics of superheroes, and silk boxers for soldiers. Mon 7th Jan, 9pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Discovery (Radio) Explorations in the world of science Mon 17 Jan, 7:30pm, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer)
GCSE Biologists Saving Species (Radio) Efforts to manage alien species at the London Wetland Centre and salmon research in Dorset Tue 8th Jan 11:30am (Thu 10th Jan, 9pm), Radio 4 and BBC iPlayer
GCSE Biologists Nature’s Weirdest Events More odd events investigated by Chris Packham: a village overcome with tiny crabs, angry elk and apocalyptic skies. Tue 8th Jan, 7pm BBC HD or BBC iPlayer
GCSE and A Level Physicists and any enthusiastic people StarGazing Live – Back To Earth Dara O’Briain and Brian Cox and their guests debate all things astronomical back in the studio. Tue 8th Jan, 9pm BBC Two / HD
GCSE and A Level Biologists Galapagos (3D) : Episode 2:  Adaptation David Attenborough investigates the driving forces behind the vast range of varied and unique forms of life in the Galapagos. Tue 8th Jan, 9pm, Sky 1 or Sky 1 HD
Any enthusiastic people The Life Scientific (Radio) Jim Al Khalili interviews: Amoret Whitaker who uses insects to solve crime. Tue 8th Jan, 9:30pm, Radio 4
GCSE and A Level Biologists The Science Cafe (Radio) Professor Mike Bruford researches genomes of endangered species. Tue 8th Jan, 6:30pm, Radio Wales and iPlayer after
A Level Biologists Thinking Aloud (Radio) A sociology programme that is looking at the effect of commerce on the spread of infection. Wed 9th Jan, 4pm, Radio 4 and iPlayer after
GCSE Biologists Nature’s Weirdest Events More odd events investigated by Chris Packham: frozen frogs reanimated, ocean ooze, and real life zombies. Wed 9th Jan, 7pm BBC HD or BBC iPlayer
GCSE and A Level Physicists and any enthusiastic people StarGazing Live Dara O’Briain and Brian Cox look back into the distant past of the universe by studying deep space. Wed 9th Jan, 8pm BBC Two / HD
GCSE and A Level Physicists and any enthusiastic people StarGazing Live – Back To Earth Dara O’Briain and Brian Cox and their guests debate all things astronomical back in the studio. Wed 9th Jan, 9pm BBC Two / HD
GCSE and A Level Biologists Africa : Savannah David Attenborough introduces the unique and constantly changing landscape of east Africa and how the animals that live there must be adaptable in order to survice. Wed 9th Jan, 9pm, BBC One
Any enthusiastic people Material World (Radio) Quentin Cooper and his guests discuss the weeks scientific news. Thu 10th Jan, 4:30pm, Radio 4 (and on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Science In Action (Radio) All the week’s science news Thu 10th Jan, 7:32pm, BBC World Service (and on iPlayer)
GCSE and A Level Physicists and any enthusiastic people The Sky At Night: Winter skies Filmed just before Sir Patrick Moore passed away, this episode tells you what to look out for in the skies if you are a new or budding astronomer. Thu 10th Jan, 7:30pm, BBC Four
GCSE and A Level Physicists and any enthusiastic people StarGazing Live Dara O’Briain and Brian Cox look at meteors, asteroids and comets. Thu 10th Jan, 8pm BBC Two / HD
GCSE and A Level Physicists and any enthusiastic people StarGazing Live – Back To Earth Dara O’Briain and Brian Cox and their guests debate all things astronomical back in the studio. Thu 10th Jan, 9pm BBC Two / HD
Any enthusiastic people The Why Factor (Radio) Looking at everyday objects and actions from a different point of view. Fri 11th Jan, 7:30pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people StarGazing (Not) Live Repeats of the programme from earlier in the week. Sat 12th Jan 4pm/5pm/6pm BBC Two
GCSE and A Level Physicists and any enthusiastic people The Sky At Night Various episodes from the Sky at Night. Sun 13th Jan, 7pm,7:15pm, 8pm,  BBC 4
Any enthusiastic people Sir Patrick Moore: Astronomer, Broadcaster, Eccentric A look back at the extraordinary life of Sir Patrick Moore. Sun 13th Jan, 8:30pm BBC 1
Any enthusiastic people Ben Goldacre’s Bad Evidence (Radio) A discussion by the author of Bad Science and Bad Pharma on using randomised controlled trials in social policy. Good for How Science Works. 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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7 Responses to TV Guide w/c 7th January 2013

  1. DrHuxTM says:

    Looks like Stargazing will capture the imagination, although the Fritz Haber programme will be good. He has a very interesting story behind him.

    • Thanks, I remember StarGazing was really informative and engaging last year. I’m just hoping for no clouds in the sky 🙂

      I’m going to listen to the Fritz Haber programme as well as I know little about him.

  2. Aegilopoides says:

    Thank you so much for these guides. I find them really useful. I’ve been putting them up in school and gently reminding pupils to have a look at them and highlighting anything that is particularly relevant. I have been surprised at how many of the younger students have told me that they have watched something.

    • So glad you get a positive response from the students. Highlighting them is a great idea. I print out in A3 and this term they’ll be going on our school website dashboard.

  3. BAV says:

    Thank you so much for producing this list. I will forward it to the science department in my school every week. Excellent feedback from students about this list already this week.
    Please keep up the good work!

    • Brilliant that your’re getting good feedback – anything in particular? We fully intend to keep this going and build on it. It’s a labour of love, but the benefits definitely outweigh the time spent.

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