TV Guide w/c 21st January 2013

A very quick post today. Sorry it’s so late; my computer has been out of action most of the  day.
Sarah has collated the guide this week and here are her picks of the week:

My pick of the week this week was really difficult.  Obviously everyone should be watching Brian Cox’s new series The Wonders of Life, but for A level biologists students, two Radio 4 iPlayer programmes were fantastic. Pop Up Economics is a 15 minute introduction to innovation which discusses why the British Olympic Cycling Team are the best in the world, and why if you’re told ‘No’ in science you maybe should go ahead and do it anyway.  Then Adam Rutherford’s two-part documentary on the natural history of Sexual Nature was great, and one that I’m going to set as snow work for my A level biologists if I’m stuck at home tomorrow.  Plus it features #ASEChat hero Prof Steve Jones :).

Sarah has also suggested http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0110dsc – The Story of Physics from the BBC Science Club  as the video of the week. A good introduction to Physics for KS3/4.

You can download the xlsx guide here:  tv-guide-20-jan-13.xlsx and a printable pdf version (all on one page) here: tv-guide-20-jan-13.pdf

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Year group Title of the programme Why is it so great? When is it on?
Any enthusiastic biologists  Natural World – Jaguars (TV) Following scientists as they train orphan jaguar cubs to survive in the wild. Mon 21 Jan, 9:30pm, BBC 2 & HD (or on iPlayer)
A level scientists Material World (Radio)  Quentin Cooper examines current scientific issues Mon 21 Jan, 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE and A level psychologists  The Life Scientific: Annette Karmiloff-Smith (Radio) Annette Karmiloff-Smith discusses her research with Jim Al-Khalili, including whether children under 2 should watch TV. Tues 22 Jan, 9:30pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Natures Microworlds (TV) Discover the flora and fauna that inhabits Canada’s costal forests. Wed 23 Jan, 8:30pm, BBC 4
Any enthusiastic people Africa (TV) Continuing Sir David Attenborough’s new series on Africa.  This episode journeys through the vibrant Cape region. Wed 23 Jan, 9pm, BBC 1 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic scientists  Material World (Radio) A look at the week’s scientific news. Thurs 24 Jan, 4:30pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic physicists or engineers The Genius of Invention (TV) Revealing the fascinating story of how Britian harnessed power through technology. Thurs 24 Jan, 9pm, BBC 2 or HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Lost Land of the Volcano (TV) A series that combines adventure with world class biology. Sat 26 Jan, 7pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Springwatch Guide to Otters (TV) An in-depth look at this amazing species. Sat 26 Jan, 7pm, BBC HD
GCSE Physicists Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey (TV) Get closer to the sun than you have ever been before Sat 26 Jan, 5:35pm, BBC 2 Scotland, Sun 27 Jan, 6:30pm, BBC 2 England, 6:45pm BBC 2 Wales (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Naked Scientists (Radio) The Naked Scientists tackle questions from everyday chemistry to quantum physics. Sun 27 Jan, 6pm, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (or on iPlayer)
Everybody The Wonders of Life (TV) Find out how life began – Prof Brian Cox journeys to Asia to unlock the origin of life. Sun 27 Jan, 9pm, BBC 2 or HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Just So Science (Radio) Presented by Vivienne Parry, this new series explores the science behind Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. 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. 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. On iPlayer
A level scientists Pop up Economics: Hotpants vs the Knockout Mouse (Radio) A brand new Radio 4 series in which Tim Harford tells an audience short stories about fascinating people and ideas in economics. On iPlayer
A level biologists Sexual Nature:  A Brief Natural History of Sex (Radio) Adam Rutherford and guests discuss why sex is so important to the survival of life on Earth. On iPlayer
Any enthusiastic people Africa (TV) If you haven’t seen 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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