TV and Radio Guide w/c 18th March 2013

There is a surprising amount of insect related TV and Radio this week from dissections to alternative menu ideas. But my pick of the week is on Sunday; Project Nim is an award winning documentary about the chimpanzee Nim Chimpsky who was the subject of a study designed to find out if an ape could acquire language skills. He was treated as a human and developed the ability to use basic American Sign Language. I’ve not seen the film yet so am definitely going to be watching this.

I will also be looking forward to the insect dissection on Wednesday and I’ll be recommending the documentary about the Japanese family affected by the Fukashima disaster to my GCSE students as it will complement our lessons on radiation.

Sarah’s pick is  Bang Goes the Theory which is on a sugar rush this week. There has been a lot in the news recently about sugar in the diet affecting obesity. The team are going to be looking at how sugar is useful as well as why it is bad for you.

I also can’t resist pointing out that there are two radio programmes on sleep this week. The first on Monday is about why we sleep and the second is on the condition of insomnia with a repeat for those still awake at 4:30 in the morning! And continuing on from last week’s non-white male scientist pick (Elsie Widdowson), Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell is interviewed in Science Cafe about her work as an astronomer and her discovery of pulsars.

It is National Science and Engineering Week this week and the theme this year is Invention and Discovery; so here are a few videos that follow that theme:


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-18-March-13.xlsx  and a printable pdf version here:  tv-guide-18-March-13.pdf
I’ve collated all the links from this week’s guide in this bit.ly bundle:
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Year group Title of the programme Why is it so great? When is it on? Link to the programme
Any enthusiastic people The Trials of Life (TV) This excellent series is being repeated all week. Mon 18 to Fri 22 March ~4:20pm,  BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Y5kbev
GCSE Biologists Bang Goes the Theory (TV) The team look at the uses and abuses of sugar. Mon 18 March, 7:30pm BBC 1 (Tues 19th 7pm BBC 2 in Wales and NI)  (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Zf0UHS
GCSE and A level Biologists The Why Factor (Radio) Why do we sleep? Mon 18 March, 11:32pm, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/WO2GCj
GCSE and A level Biologists Noise: A Human History (Radio) A 30 part series looking at the development of human noise over the last 100,000 years. Mon 18 March – Fri 22 March, 13:45pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/XKIhie
GCSE and A level Biologists Discovery (Radio) Can our a restricted calorie diet help us stay young or live longer? Mon 18 March, 7:32pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/ZId4Xn
GCSE Biologists Can Eating Insects Save the World? (TV) Deep fried locusts, BBQ tarantulas anyone: could insects offer a solution to the global food crisis? Mon 18 March, 9pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/ZPPvgJ
GCSE Physicists Surviving the Tsunami: My Atomic Aunt (TV) 2 years after the tsunami that caused the Fukashima nuclear emergency: how has life changed for a family living near the plant? Mon 18 March, 10pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/16zJKsP
A level scientists Material World (Radio) Water on Mars, Neanderthal eyes, Cholera and tapeworm genetics Mon 18 March, 9pm, Radio 4, or available as a podcast http://bit.ly/13NGYRj
GCSE Biologists Edwardian Insects on Film (TV) A wildlife cameraman tries to recreate Percy Smith’s 1908 film The Acrobatic Fly Tues 19 March, 9pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/10VXSso
A level Biologists Who’s the Pest (Radio) Using insect physiology to solve technological design problems. Tues 19 March, 11am, Thu 21 March 9pm Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/142SFUg
A level Biologists The Human Zoo (Radio) Experiments desgined to find out how we make decisions and judgements? Tues 19 March, 3pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Yiw3Yt
GCSE Biologists Costing The Earth (Radio) Green Babies: will the predicted 2013 baby boom be bad for the environment? Tues 19 March, 3:30pm, Wed 20 March, 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Z5RgUS
GCSE Biologists Science Café (Radio) Adam meets Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the astronomer who discovered pulsars. Tues 19 March, 6:30pm, BBC Radio Wales (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/ZZZuT1
GCSE Physicists Horizon (TV) 2010-2011 Asteroids – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Tues 19 March, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/10vAp4A
A level Biologists Planet Ant: Life inside the Colony (TV) Cutting edge technology is used to observe ants inside their colony. Tues 19 March, 9pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Wd3Hl3
KS3/GCSE Physicists Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom (TV) Da Vinci was a famous polymath. Dick and Dom look at some of his many genius ideas. Wed 20 March, 6:15pm, CBBC  (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Z9EXcg
Any enthusiastic people Insect Worlds (TV) How do insects affect our ecosystems. Wed 20 March, 8:30pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Yyvx8b
Any enthusiastic people  Insect Dissection: How Insects Work (TV) The anatomy of insects is so different to ours. An in-depth look an insect physiology. Wed 20 March, 9pm, BBC 4 and Sun 24 March 7pm BBC HD (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/WpbGge
A level scientists Material World (Radio) Discussing the week’s science news. Thurs 21 March, 4:30pm, Radio 4, or available as a podcast http://bbc.in/13NGYRj
A level scientists Science in Action (Radio) Discussing the week’s science news. Thurs 21 March, 7:32pm, World Service  or available as a podcast http://bbc.in/Zpa2av
GCSE and A level Physicists Horizon: How to Avoid Mistakes in Surgery (TV) Dr Kevin Fong looks at how research into making decisions under pressure will help make surgery safer. Thurs 21 March, 9pm (11:20pm NI), BBC 2, BBC HD (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/ZQ2Pl7
GCSE and A level Biologists The Why Factor (Radio) Why don’t we sleep? Insomnia explored… Fri 22 March, 7:32pm (and Sat 4:32am 🙂 ), BBC World Service (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/10WhIUe
Any enthusiastic people Noise: A Human History (Omnibus) (Radio) The week’s episodes in one chunk (see Monday) Fri 22 March, 9pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/XQzOrF
GCSE and A level Biologists Galapagos (TV) A repeat of the 3 part series about the Galapagos islands. Sat 23 March, 2pm-4:30pm, BBC HD (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/15SD6MV
GCSE and A level Biologists Planet Ant: Life inside the Colony (TV) Cutting edge technology is used to observe ants inside their colony. Sat 23 March, 7pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Wd3Hl3
GCSE and A level Biologists Natural World: Attenborough’s Ark (TV) 10 animals that Attenborough would like to save from extinction Sat 23 March, 8:30pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/10W3Pp8
GCSE and A level Biologists Project Nim (TV) Nim Chimpsky was a chimp who was the focus of a famous experiment that inspired the last Planet of the Apes film. Sat 23 March, 9:30pm, BBC 2 BBC HD (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Z5MWVz
GCSE Biologists Deadly Mission Madagascar (TV) The team helps return endangered turtles to the wild. Sun 24 March, 12:05pm, CBBC (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/111V0Oe
Any enthusiastic people Africa (TV) David Attenborough explains the future of the environment and life in Africa Sun 24 March, 6pm, BBC HD (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/16zWDmK
GCSE Biologists Secrets of our Living Planet (TV) The Emerald Band: Chris Packham explores the web of life around the Brazil nut tree. Sun 24 March, 5pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Wpivye
Any enthusiastic people Naked Scientists (Radio) The Naked Scientists tackle questions from the everyday to the totally odd! Sun 24 March, 6pm, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/13ZKNmc
Any enthusiastic people Genius of Invention A version of the series edited for schools (30 mins) Wed 20 March 4am – 6am, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/WuZOrL
Any enthusiastic people Horizon (TV) The Creative Brain. Scientists investigate how moments of creativity occur. (on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/VUlXkj
Any enthusiastic people Meteor Strike: Fireball from Space (TV) What can be done to protect the planet from another meteorite like the one in Russia? On 4OD http://bit.ly/ZphQcj
Any enthusiastic people Bang Goes The Theory  (TV) They’re back, and this time Maggie Philbin from Tomorrow’s World is with them! On iPlayer http://bbc.in/Za25r5

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