TV and Radio Guide w/c 27th January 2014

So yesterday was a bit of a blur, and I only just managed to get the guide out Monday morning at break time. Sorry once again for the delay.

A number of picks this week:

  • Horizon – Sugar v Fat – the evidence about what is worse for you, sugar or fat, has taken a new direction in the last few years, with more and more studies showing how and why sugar is so bad for you. Horizon compares the two with a unique experiment. Identical twin doctors follow radically different diets to try to determine the effects.
  • Fixing Nitrogen (on iPlayer now) – with @SellatheChemist looking at alternatives to producing Nitrogen via the Haber process for fertiliser.
  • Inside the Animal Mind – with Chris Packham, looking at what it would be like if we had the senses of other animals.
  • Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom – they’re investigating Fleming and his discovery of penicillin.
  • Pain, Pus, and Poison – Michael Mosley tackles infection.
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TV and Radio Guide w/c 20th January 2014

Firstly, an apology for missing last week’s TV and Radio guide. It was a rather momentous occasion for the Science TV and Radio Guide as @MrsDrSarah and I met in person for the first time at the ASE Annual conference in Birmingham. It was a very busy weekend and unfortunately the guide was the casualty of not enough spare time.

Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom – back for Series 2

However, we’re back and so are the cheeky duo Dick and Dom with their second series of Absolute Genius. The series last year caught me by surprise. I only heard about it through a colleague on twitter who used to teach Fran Scott, the science expert on the programme. Annoyingly this brilliant programme doesn’t show up in the Science and Nature category on the BBC schedules, which is a shame as it an Absolute Genius piece of programming, aimed effectively at older primary, and perhaps KS3 students.

Highlights are :

  • Absolute Genius – Dick and Dom are looking at the Wright brothers and the science of powered flight.
  • Hidden Kingdoms – How a young chipmunk in the woods of North America and a tree-shrew in the rain forest survive in the very different habitats.
  • Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search for Modern Medicine – Michael Mosley takes us on a journey through the discovery and development of our most useful and valuable drugs.
  • Project Nim – another chance to see the fantastic documentary about Nim Chimpsky, the chimpanzee who was the subject of a landmark experiment to see if he could develop the use of human language under the right conditions.

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 6th January 2014

Happy New Year! I’ve spent today collating the programmes for this week, “discussing” Teach First and teacher training routes on twitter (why?) and planning for tomorrow. And no I’ve not watched Sherlock yet.

Highlights are :

  • Of course – Stargazing Live – with Prof Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain wth Liz Bonnin searching for the Aurora Borealis. There are 3 days of programmes dedicated to the skies starting on Tuesday.
  • Code of Life – If you can catch this programme on BBC 4, or on iPlayer it’s really worth it. The discovery of DNA in the scientist’s own words.
  • Dolphins: Spy in the Pod. Despite the characterisation of the underwater camera “spies”, this was compelling watching last week and Orca are always worth watching.
  • Terry Wogan is looking at the Human Body Clock, this should be entertaining if not enlightening (hopefully both).

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