TV and Radio Guide w/c 2 September 2013

Welcome back to the Science TV and Radio Guide.  

My star gazing included finally getting a fairly good picture of the International Space Station

Well six weeks has gone quickly. There was some good Science TV and Radio over the summer including:

  • Science Club with Dara O’Briain and guests introducing us to lots of different aspects of modern science.
  • Seven Ages of Science; Lisa Jardine’s history of science starting from the renaissance to the current day. Primarily about dead white men (and women) but an interesting overview.
  • Inside Science: this series has replaced the much loved Quentin Cooper and his series, Material World. Adam Rutherford and Alice Roberts present a very informative and interesting programme about science.

It’s been a busy summer as well with garden projects, holidays and star spotting.  But as well as all that, The guide has undergone a redesign over the summer and we are changing the way we provide the information.


We have a new print only version of the science TV and Radio Guide* [EDIT added a link to the guide here – it’s also further down the post. Please print it out to share with your students]. It is sized at A3 so if you have an A3 printer then it should print very nicely on that. However if you print it out on a good laser printer, it should photocopy up to A3 if necessary (though it is very readable on A4). Changing from a pdf printed from the spreadsheet to a more appealing design is something I’ve wanted to do for a few months now. Let us know what you think.

Calendar reminders: There is now a Google calendar available with all the week’s TV on it. This allows notifications to be sent via email or twitter. This is still in “beta” so please bear with us.

We now have a ratings system letting you know how good the programme is likely to be  (we don’t get advanced viewings 🙂 )


This week’s guide

This week the guide was collated by both @MrsDrSarah and @A_Weatherall. (We are using a popular cloud based spreadsheet so we can collaborate! – 21C skills).

Sarah’s pick of the week is The Life Scientific, with Professor Mark Lythgoe for those who a) Didn’t do as well in their AS exams as hoped and b) for those who did so well that they are filling out applications for Med School! My pick of the week is Crash Test Dummies which was excellent for GCSE Physics, specifically forces and momentum, but also a really good case study for developing robust scientific experiments.

I’m afraid we’ve not had a chance to collate any videos for you this week what with all the changes and a little thing like a new academic year and results analysis! Instead here’s a question: would you like any recommended videos added to the printed guide? Please tweet us or comment on the post to let us know.

*Please comment if you would like us to provide a spreadsheet version as well in future posts.

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 this week’s guide as a printable pdf : ScienceTVandRadioGuide_2_Sept_2013.pdf

I’ve collated all the links from this week’s guide in this bundle.

You can also subscribe to the following RSS feed in your favourite newsreader and never miss a post: RSS and follow the @ScienceTVRadio twitter account.

What is the programme called? Why is it so good? When is it on? Who will it interest? More information?
The Sky at Night: Fatal Attraction This programme looks at black holes, specifically the ones at the centre of our galaxy, and how destructive they can be. Mon 2 Sept, 12:20am (1:05am in Scotland), BBC 1 & on iPlayer Any enthusiastic Physicists
Wow! How did they do that? Discover the entrepreneurs behind some of science’s recent practical inventions. Mon 2 Sept, 9:30am, Radio 4 & on iPlayer GCSE Scientists
Discovery – Raising Allosaurus In the 20 years since the release of the film Jurassic Park, DNA cloning technologies have advanced dramatically. Professor Adam Hart asks whether we could and should start bringing extinct animals back from the dead. Mon 2 Sept, 7:32pm, BBC World Service & on iPlayer Any enthusiastic Biologists
Nature’s Microworlds: Monterey Bay Biodiversity is the key to this amazing habitat. Great for using in GCSE biology. Mon 2 Sept, 7:30pm, BBC 4 & on iPlayer GGSE Biologists
Ceramics: How They Work Ceramics have uses that range from the high-tech to ancient pottery. Mark Miodownik looks deep inside this wonderful group of materials. Mon 2 Sept, 8pm, BBC 4 & on iPlayer Anybody
Crash Test Dummies: A Smashing History A look at the history of the crash test dummy and how the improvements in car safety led to improvements in the test dummies. Great for How Science Works. Mon 2 Sept, 10pm, BBC 4 & on iPlayer Anybody
★★★ Pick of Week
Caterpillar to Butterfly – Change A two minute short film recording the life cycle of a caterpillar. Tues 3 Sept 2013, 5:55am, BBC 2 or online Any enthusiastic Biologists
The Life Scientific This week, hear from Professor Mark Lythgoe, who, having failed his A levels, now runs the largest Medical Imaging facility in Europe. Tues 3 Sept, 9am or 9:30pm, Radio 4 & on iPlayer A Level Scientists
★★★ Pick of Week
Shared Planet Monty Don asks “are agricultural crops bad for nature?” Tues 3 Sept, 11am, Radio 4 FM & on iPlayer GGSE Biologists
Costing The Earth Tom Heap finds out if a campaign to ban clearing of rainforests to grow palm oil can really work. Tues 3 Sept, 3:30pm and Wed 4 Sept, 9pm, Radio 4 & on iPlayer GGSE Biologists
Science Café Discover how a Welsh bird observatory is tracking migration patterns. Tues 3 Sept, 6:30pm, BBC Radio Wales & on iPlayer Any enthusiastic Biologists
Nature’s Microworlds: Okavango The Okavango is the world’s largest inland delta and home to one of Africa’s greatest congregations of wildlife. But as the seasons change the river dries up completely before the rains flood it again. Tue 3 Sept, 7:30pm, BBC 4 or on iPlayer Any enthusiastic Biologists
Seven Ages of Science Lisa Jardine explores how scientists became separated from wider society. Tues 3 Sept, 9pm and Wed 4 Sept, 3:30pm, Radio 4 & on iPlayer or podcast A Level Scientists
Natural World: Sri Lanka: Elephant Island This programme follows a sub-species of Asian elephants that live on the island of Sri Lanka. Wed 4 Sept, 10am, BBC 2 on iPlayer Any enthusiastic Biologists
Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams Professor Simon Schaffer tells the amazing story of automata – extraordinary clockwork machines designed hundreds of years ago to mimic and recreate life. Wed 4 Sept, 9pm, BBC 4 or on iPlayer Anybody
The Final Frontier? A Horizon Guide to the Universe Footage from past Horizon programmes charting the development of our understanding of the Universe Wed 4 Sept 11:50pm, BBC 4 or on iPlayer Any enthusiastic Physicists
Japan’s Tsunami: How It Happened One of the biggest natural disasters is back in the news due to recent radioactive leaks into the ocean. Find out how the tsunami happened in this documentary. Thurs 5 Sept, 12am, More 4 or on 4OD Anybody
Inside Science Inside Science is your guide not just to the research that makes the headlines, but to how science itself is evolving, transforming our culture, and affecting our lives. Thurs 5 Sept, 4:30pm and 9pm, Radio 4 or on iPlayer or podcast Anybody
Science in Action A roundup of the week’s science news. Thurs 5th Sept, 7:32pm and Fri 6th Sept, 9:32am, BBC World Service or on iPlayer Anybody
The Secret Life of Waves This is a lovely film about what a wave is and what effects they have. Perfect to accompany A Level Physics. Fri 6 Sept, 1:55am, BBC 4 or on iPlayer Any enthusiastic Physicists
Wonders of Nature: Polar Bear – Mother and Baby A two minute film of polar bears exploring their polar habitat. Fri 6 Sept, 5:50am, BBC 2 or online GGSE Biologists
Wonders of Nature: Flamingo – Courtship Spectacle A two minute film showing the courtship behaviour of flamingos. Fri 6 Sept, 5:53am, BBC 2 or online GGSE Biologists
The Why Factor Find out how human memory works and why some memories flood back more easily than others. Fri 6th Sept, 7:32pm, BBC World Service or on iPlayer A Level Psychologists
Natural World: Meet the Monkeys A film that tries to compare the social interactions of crested black macaques from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi with our own human societies. Fri 6 Sept, 9pm, BBC 2 or on iPlayer Any enthusiastic Biologists
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Earthquakes Professor Iain Stewart looks at the stories and science behind some of the biggest earthquakes. Sat 7 Sept, 8pm, BBC 4 or on iPlayer KS3 Scientists
Naked Scientists The Naked Scientists answer listeners’ questions from kitchen chemistry to quantum physics. Sun 8th Sept, 6pm, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire or on iPlayer Anybody

What you can still get online

What is the programme called? Why is it so good? Where can I see it? Who will it interest? More information?
Horizon: Dinosaurs: The Hunt for Life Jurassic Park may no longer be the stuff of science fiction. Dr Mary Schweitzer has seen the remains of red blood cells and touched the soft tissue of an animal that died 68 million years ago. Most excitingly of all, she believes she may just have found signs of DNA. on iPlayer Anybody
Dara O’Briain’s Science Club Dara and the team look at the invisible worlds that surround us. Last in this series. on iPlayer Anybody

Recommended podcasts

What is it called? Why is it so good? Who will it interest? More information?
Science Weekly with Alok Jha A whole range of science & technology is explored in this podcast from the Guardian. Any enthusiastic podcast fans
Science in Action New developments in science from around the world from the BBC. 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 Any enthusiastic podcast fans
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. GCSE & A level scientists
Little Atoms Podcast A podcast from the live Little Atoms talk show. Any enthusiastic podcast fans

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