TV and Radio Guide w/c 4th March 2013

A quick post this week – Sarah has collated the guide this week and her pick of the week is Material World discussing ‘junk’ DNA. One of her friends works in this field studying non-coding DNA, so it holds particular interest for her. Sarah is also going to ask her A level biologists to listen to it for homework. How many of you use the guide in this way, to set further learning opportunities for your students? Let us know in the comments if you have any specific ideas or examples.

I noticed this week that Bang Goes the Theory is back on for a new series. This programme always has interesting items and this series Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin is joining the team. During the first episode Jem Stansfield is going to try to make plastic from potatoes – good for GSCE C1: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p015sc06, I’ll be watching with interest.

I love these videos from Veritasium. Derek often starts his videos by finding out what people know about the particular subject and this video is no different: people in Sydney are astounded by the results of Young’s Double Slit experiment. What is Light?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iuv6hY6zsd0. I’ll be passing this on to my A Level Physicists. (A point of interest, the 2 people with Derek in the vault under the Royal Society are Brady Haran, who makes the PeriodicVideos and Henry Reich who makes the MinutePhysics videos. They all met up in London last summer so there is a lot of crossover in their videos at the moment).

Do leave a comment if anything piques your interest. We’d love to know if you or your students have any feedback about the science programmes.

You can download the xlsx guide here: tv-guide-4-March-13.xlsx and a printable pdf version here:  tv-guide-4-March-13.pdf
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Year group Title of the programme Why is it so great? When is it on?
Any enthusiastic people Living Planet (TV) A repeat of one of Sir David Attenborough’s fantastic biology documentaries. Mon 4 and Thurs 7 March, 4:20pm,  Tues 5 and Wed 6 March, 4:15pm BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE Scientists and Geographers The Great British Winter (TV) An examination of the British mountains in winter. Mon 4 – Fri 8 March, 18:30pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Bang Goes the Theory (TV) The Bang Goes the Theory team are back, investigating the science behind the headlines. Mon 4 March, 19:30pm, BBC 1 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE and A level Biologists Discovery (Radio) Peter Bowes explores how science and lifestyle could hold the promise to staying young. Mon 4 March, 19:32pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
A level scientists Material World (Radio) Is ‘junk DNA’ really rubbish? Scientists dispute recent findings about our genetic code. Mon 4 March, 9pm, Radio 4, or available as a podcast
A level Biologists Who’s the Pest (Radio) How can bees’ sense of smell be used to detect explosives and disease? Recent research is discussed. Tues 5 March, 11am, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer)
A level Biologists The Human Zoo (Radio) An invitation to discover the way we think, behave and make decisions. Tues 5 March, 3pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE Biologists Science Café (Radio) Previewing the 2013 Bangor Science Festival Tues 5 March, 6:30pm, BBC Radio Wales (or on iPlayer)
A level Biologists Thinking Allowed (Radio) Laurie Taylor discusses the growing medicalisation of everyday life. Wed 6 March, 4pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
KS3/GCSE Physicists Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom (TV) The terrible twosome are looking into the genius that is James Watt. Wed 6 March, 6:15pm, CBBC  (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Nature’s Microworlds (TV) Discover how the Highlands’ moorlands and forest are carefully balanced ecosystems. Wed 6 March, 8:30pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
A level Physicists Costing the Earth (Radio) Tom Heap investigates how solar lamps are lighting parts of Africa the grid can’t reach. Wed 6 March, 9pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
A level scientists Material World (Radio) Discussing the week’s science news. Thurs 7 March, 4:30pm, Radio 4, or available as a podcast
GCSE and A level Physicsists The Sky at Night (TV) Catching up with the results of Sir Patrick Moore’s last challenge to the country’s astronomers. Thurs 7 March, 7:30pm, BBC 4, Sat 9 March, 11:30am, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE Biologists The Trials of Life (TV) Explore how animals employ an extraordinary variety of techniques to disperse their offspring. Fri 8 March, 4:25pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people The Why Factor (Radio) Find out about the role that silence plays in our lives. Fri 8 March, 7:32pm, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Wild Arabia (TV) In a rapidly changing Arabia, wildlife funds surprising opportunities and allies. Fri 8 March, 9pm, BBC 2 and HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Natural World (TV) Explore the wildlife of the Scottish Highlands. Sat 9 March, 7pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Natural World (TV) A look at London’s wildlife, from badgers and foxes to seals and parakeets. Sun 10 March, 5pm, BBC HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Africa (TV) Investigate the greatest desert on Earth. Sun 10 March, 6pm, BBC HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Naked Scientists (Radio) The Naked Scientists tackle questions from the everyday to the totally odd! Sun 24 Feb, 6pm, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Life on Earth (TV) One of Attenborough’s superb documentaries. On iPlayer
A level scientists Science in Action (Radio) A discussion of recent advances in science. On iPlayer
A level physicists The Life Scientific (Radio) Sue Ion discusses working in the nuclear industry following the Chernobyl disaster. On iPlayer
KS2 and 3 scientists Deadly Mission Madagascar (TV) A team of young scientists explore the unique wildlife of Madagascar. On iPlayer
Any enthusiastic people Wonders of Life (TV) Catch up on Prof Brian Cox’s fantastic recent series. On iPlayer
Any enthusiastic biologists Africa (TV) Attenborough’s most recent BBC documentary. 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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