TV Guide w/c 14th January 2013

John Gurdon in Stockholm to collect his Nobel Prize in 2012 (Source: Wikipedia).

There is a bit of a biology focus for this week’s TV. The Pick of the Week is John Gurdon on Discovery (this is an edited version of Jim Al-Khalili’s – The Life Scientific) on Monday evening – @MrsDrSarah is setting it as recommended listening for her GCSE biologists ahead of their B2 exam later this month. A recommendation from @Bio_Joe that I missed last week: Baby Makers – The Fertility Clinic (on BBC iPlayer till Thursday), looks at the process of artificial fertilisation. My pick is Africa which continues to amaze with its beautiful footage; this week’s episode examines the biodiversity in the rainforests of The Congo. And those of you with Sky – don’t miss Galapagos (next showing tonight at 7:30 on Sky 1).

To balance the biology on TV we’ve got two (four actually) recommended videos for the chemists among you to watch :  

And don’t forget if you missed Stargazing Live, you can watch Stargazing not Live this week on iPlayer.

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It was a record week for the TV guide last week, let’s keep it going! 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?
Any enthusiastic people Just So Science (Radio) Presented by Vivienne Parry, this new series explores the science behind Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. Mon 14 – Fri 18 Jan, 1:45pm, BBC Radio 4 (so listen again on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists The Polar Bear Family & Me (TV) A unique insight into the life of a polar bear family with astonishing footage from wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan. Mon 14, Tues 15 and Wed 16 Jan, 7pm, BBC 2 or HD (or on iPlayer)
A level biologists Discovery: John Gurdon (Radio) Sir John Gurdon, who won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2012, discusses his pioneering research on cloning. Mon 14 Jan, 7:32pm, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer)
GCSE and A level physicists, future engineers and historians Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here (TV) An exploration of an extraordinary period of British history. Mon 14 Jan, 9:30pm, BBC 2 or HD (or on iPlayer)
GCSE and A level physicists The Life Scientific (Radio) Jim Al-Khalili in conversation with Professor Robert Mair about how engineers must be innovative problem solvers. Tues 15 Jan, 9:30pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Africa (TV) Continuing Sir David Attenborough’s new series on Africa.  This episode journeys through the rainforest of The Congo. Wed 16 Jan, 9pm, BBC 1 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Living With Monkeys: Tales From the Treetops (TV) Experience life in the Central African rainforest as scientists seek to save one of the world’s rarest species of monkey. Thurs 17 & Fri 18 Jan, 7pm, BBC HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Science in Action (Radio) The week’s science news. Thurs 17 Jan, 7:32pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE biologists Natural World (TV) Up close and personal with manta rays. Sat 19 Jan, 5pm, BBC HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Lost Land of the Tiger (TV) Follow the astounding search for tigers in the Himalayan mountains. Sat 19 Jan, 7pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic physicists Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey (TV) The Earth orbits the sun at 100,000km/h!  In this episode, physicist Dr Helen Czerski shows how the angle of the Earth tilt creates extreme weather. Sat 19 Jan, 7pm, BBC HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Woolly Mammoth: Secrets From the Ice (TV) Revealing the natural history of the woolly mammoth. Sun 20 Jan, 6pm, BBC HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Naked Scientists (Radio) The Naked Scientists tackle questions from everyday chemistry to quantum physics. Sun 20 Jan, 6pm, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic physicists Stargazing Live Now no longer live, this series brings the night’s sky to an accessible level – all you need is your eyes and possibly a pair of binoculars. On iPlayer
GCSE and A level geographers Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones Follow comedian Griff Rhys Jones as he explores Britain’s waterways. On iPlayer
GCSE and A level biologists Baby Makers: The Fertility Clinic Behind the scenes at one of Britain’s leading fertility clinic, this documentary shows how doctors and scientists harvest and artificially fertilise human embryos. On iPlayer until Thurs 17 Jan
Any enthusiastic people Africa If you haven’t seen the first two episodes in this fantastic new series, catch up immediately! 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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