TV and Radio Guide w/c 25th November 2013

Sorry, very short post (had ill kids today)
Sarah’s picks are the Infinite Monkey Cage (this was really good on risk last week) and the Refugees of the Rainforest contrasting Gerald Durrell’s naturalist work in Jersey with the orangutan’s natural habitat on Sumatra (Sarah cites Durrell’s books as a catalyst to studying biology)

My picks are In Our Time on the development of the microscope and the second episode of Light and Dark with Jim Al-Khalili.


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TV and Radio Guide w/c 18th November 2013

Comet ISON – Photo by Adam Block / Mount Lemmon SkyCenter / University of Arizona

This Monday sees Jim Al-Khalili explain how we’ve been able to discover so much about the universe through the manipulation of light in Light and Dark, and The Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince is back on the radio. Also we have a new episode of Horizon on Friday looking at Comet ISON which is currently making a show in the night sky.

Both Sarah and I are hoping that there will be more Chemistry programmes on our airwaves soon. I’ve been told that Professor Andrea Sella is “cooking up some Chem” for the Frontiers radio series soon. He’s also been on Business Daily for their Elements series (mp3 podcasts downloads here: A matter of life and phosphorous and Elemental business: Helium).

There are some video suggestions on the end of the guide this week, including a discourse by Professor Stephen Curry at the Royal Institution about the development of X-Ray crystallography.


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TV and Radio Guide w/c 11th November 2013


Download the PDF version of the guide to use at school

Time And Relative Dimensions In Space – timey wimey wibbly wobbly stuff with Professor Brian Cox. Picture © BBC

Time and relative dimension in space confuses most mere mortals, but has Doctor Who met his match in Professor Brian “Bigger on the inside than the outside doesn’t seem too complicated to me” Cox? How does the Doctor travel in time? Are there extra terrestrials living throughout the galaxy? Find out on Thursday when the Professor with just one heart attempts to explain the Science of Doctor Who at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. It can’t be any more fantastical than Richard Hammond creating a planet at the top of a big tower.

The rest of the week is a bit quiet: Digital Human on Monday looks at people with illness or disability using technology to improve their lives, the bacteria in our guts get examined in Frontiers on Wednesday, there’s the obligatory Inside Science on Thursday and more Frozen Planet on Saturday.

Next week I’ll be reintroducing the online video suggestions and including them in the guide itself alongside the podcasts. Tweet any suggestions to @ScienceTVRadio

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 4th November 2013

Download the PDF version of the guide to use at school: Science TV and Radio Guide_20131104.pdf

Welcome back after a blustery and wet half term. I hate doing short posts, but there’s been too much else on today as well as preparing the guide to spend lots of time on it. Sarah’s picks are: The Living World about Fairy Rings for her GCSE students who are studying fungi, and Science Cafe, who are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alfred Russel Wallace’s birth. Against my better judgement, my pick of the week is Richard Hammond building a universe. He’s not my favourite science presenter, but the programmes he does are usually well made. Catch the previous planet building episode on iPlayer. Also try to catch Jim Al-Khalil reviewing the development of the theory of the Big Bang.


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