TV Guide w/c 28th January 2013

Life on Earth – the complete series.

This week is a full week of science on TV so the guide runs two whole pages. I never get bored of seeing Sir David Attenborough so my 1st pick of the week is a repeat of the landmark series Life On Earth which is a real treat especially if you’ve never seen it. It is 13 episodes long and the first 5 are on at 4:15pm every weekday this week. Another pick is the CBBC series Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom. Last week they had a high octane look at the life and work of Archimedes and it is still on iPlayer and this week they’re looking at the rocket scientist Wernher von Braun – perfect for younger scientists. I’m also looking forward to Discovery on Monday evening about Quantum Biology (look out for a related web video of the week next week). The Genius of Invention was full of useful information and demo’s but the format felt a little forced. Still, this week’s is about the combustion engine and jet engine, so should be loads of science in there. Oh and Professor Brian Cox is on for 2 hours on Sunday with The Wonders of Life, about how our senses evolved, and a repeat of his star studded science lecture from Christmas 2011.

I’ve highlighted these and other picks in the table below.

This week’s web video pick is a recent video about the Iodine Clock filmed with a high speed camera: http://www.periodicvideos.com/videos/feature_high_speed_iodine_clock.htm – PeriodicVideos is a fantastic resource of videos on all the different elements “starring” Professor Martyn Poliakoff.
You can download the xlsx guide here:  tv-guide-28-jan-13.xlsx and a printable pdf version (on two pages) here: tv-guide-28-jan-13.pdf

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Year group Title of the programme Why is it so great? When is it on?
GCSE and A Level physicists The Why Factor? (Radio) Exploring the science and history of the mirror. Mon 28 Jan, 11:32am, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Life on Earth: 1. The Infinite Variety (TV) The original series. David Attenborough explores the wildlife and landscape that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Mon 28 Jan, 4:15pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
A Level biologists Discovery (Radio) An introduction into the new field of quantum biology. Mon 28 Jan, 7:32pm, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer)
GCSE and A Level biologists Wild Things (TV) Exploring Britain’s dramatically changing wildlife by examining what grows where and why? Mon 28 Jan, 8:30pm, Channel 4 (or on 4OD)
A level scientists Material World (Radio) Quentin Cooper on how to design a new plane, dangers of bird flu, fishing mackerel and domestication of the dog. Mon 28 Jan, 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Life on Earth: 2. Building Bodies (TV) The original series. David Attenborough explores the biology of the Great Barrier Reef Tues 29 Jan, 4:15pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE scientists Science Café (Radio) The Geek Manifesto: a book and campaign for the public and politicians to learn about science. Tues 29 Jan, 6:30pm, BBC Radio Wales (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Click: Robots for Humans (Radio) What if robots superceded humans? Tues 29 Jan, 7:05pm, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer)
GCSE and A Level biologists Survivors: Nature’s Indestructible Creatures (TV) The Great Dying: the effect of the mass extinctions of the Permian period (250 Mya) Tues 29 Jan, 8:00pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people  The Life Scientific: Noel Sharkey (Radio) Noel Sharkey is a professor of artificial intelligence and robotics. Tues 29 Jan, 9:30pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Life on Earth: 3. The First Forests (TV) The original series. David Attenborough looks at the evolution of plants on land during the Devonian period (400 Mya) Wed 30 Jan, 4:15pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
KS2 and KS3 scientists Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom (TV) It IS Rocket Science. Dick and Dom reveal the genius of Wernher von Braun Wed 30 Jan, 6:15pm, CBBC (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Natures Microworlds (TV) The largest living structure is the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia. Discover the secret of the coral that built it. Wed 30 Jan, 8:30pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE physicists Costing The Earth (Radio) Looking at Germany’s goal of producing 100% of its power using green technology. Wed 30 Jan, 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Africa (TV) The hottest and one of the largest deserts on Earth is the Sahara. How does life survive in this hostile environment? Wed 30 Jan, 9pm, BBC 1 repeated Sunday 5pm (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Life on Earth: 4. The Swarming Hordes (TV) The original series. There are millions of species of insect. David Attenborough looks at their role in the ecosystem. Thurs 31 Jan, 4:15pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Material World (Radio) Quentin Cooper investigates the science in the news Thurs 31 Jan, 4:30pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Science in Action (Radio) The week’s science news from the BBC World Service Thurs 31 Jan, 7:30, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic physicists or engineers Horizon: Mission to Mars (TV) A behind the scenes look at NASA as they prepare for the audacious landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars. Thurs 31 Jan, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people The Genius of Invention (TV) The story of how our need for speed resulted in world changing inventions (including the combustion and jet engines). Thurs 31 Jan, 9pm, BBC 2 or HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Life on Earth: 5. Conquest of the Waters (TV) The original series. David Attenborough looks some of the 30,000 species of fish. Fri 1 Feb, 4:15pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE physicists Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey (TV) Our seasons are due to the angle of the Earth’s tilt. Helen Czerski looks at how this produces extreme weather. Sat 2 Feb, 6:30pm, BBC 2 Scotland, Sun 3 Feb, 6:30pm, BBC 2 England, 10:00pm BBC 2 Wales (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Natural World: Radio Gibbon (TV) Chanee Brule set up a rescue centre for the gibbons of Borneo. To increase awareness of their potential extinction he also established Radio Kalaweit. Sat 2 Feb, 5:30pm BBC HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Lost Land of the Volcano (TV) Filming the birds of paradise. Sat 2 Feb, 7pm BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Naked Scientists (Radio) The Naked Scientists tackle questions from everyday chemistry to quantum physics. Sun 3 Feb, 6pm, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (or on iPlayer)
Everybody The Wonders of Life: Expanding Universe (TV) How did the senses evolve? Professor Brian Cox goes in search of the creatures that can help answer that question. Sun 3 Feb, 9pm, BBC 2 or HD (or on iPlayer)
A Level and GCSE physicists. A Night with the Stars (TV) Professor Brian Cox explores some of the most challenging concepts in Physics. Sun 2 Feb, 10pm (England Scotland only), BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people The Code (TV) Presented by Marcus de Sautoy, this is a collection of 6 short films each solving a mystery with mathematics. On iPlayer
KS3 scientists and mathematicians EcoMaths (TV) Looking at the mathematics and science of sustainable energy. On iPlayer
KS2 KS3 scientists Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom (TV) Archimedes was an expert engineer from Syracuse in Ancient Greece. Dick and Dom recreate one of his most brilliant inventions On iPlayer
Any chemists and biologists. Food Unwrapped A series on the science behind the food we eat. On 4OD
A level scientists Pop up Economics: The Kidney Matchmaker (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
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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2 Responses to TV Guide w/c 28th January 2013

  1. Thanks for continuing to put this guide together . It is really helpful as there is more science related progs on TV, and you can catch up at other times too .
    I watched the CBBC programme last week with Dick and Dom and my ex pupil Fran. This was action packed, and a pretty good introduction to the work of Archimedes who did more than jump out of the bath saying Eureka. I’d recommend this for KS3 as well as young viewers, don’t be out off by the CBBC label

    • I really enjoyed the Dick and Dom programme last week and had included it in the guide before you’d sent me a message. It must be really satisfying to see an ex-pupil of yours being so successful at communicating science. She did really well and kept those two in check! 🙂

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