TV and Radio Guide w/c 20 October 2014

Hello again…

Sarah’s pick of the week is the new David Attenborough documentary – Life Story – which explores the steps animals make through their lives. The cinematography looks stunning.

Once again my pick of the week is  Human Universe, in which Professor Brian Cox explains the special so called Goldilocks conditions required for a civilisation such as ours to thrive in the universe… are we alone?

If you can, I recommend that you subscribe to or download the podcast of Plants: from Roots to Riches (there are 25 episodes available to listen to).

Other recommendations are:

  • Hidden Histories of the Information Age: the events and innovations from the age of communication
  • The Life Scientific: Maggie Boden is in discussion with Jim Al-Khalili about her experience in multiple academic subjects that help make her a world authority in the field of artificial intelligence.
  • Inside Science: Solar physicist Dr Lucie Green gives us her round up of the week’s news and views in the scientific world.
  • Wonders of the Monsoon: the thousands of islands that make up Malaysia and Indonesia are unique habitats that are affected greatly by the monsoon.
  • Naked Scientists: answering science questions from listeners and 5 Live Science where those Naked Scientists go through the week’s science news.
  • The Private Life of Plants: at the time it was made (the mid 1990s) this series was a triumph of special timelapse photography that gave a unique insight into the world of plants.

Remember, these programmes are now available for 30 days after broadcast on BBC iPlayer.

I promised a round up of the science programmes available on 4 on Demand this week, however as I am on half term next week I will be doing a round up of programmes instead of a full guide.

Science TV and Radio Guide_20141020.pdf

TV and Radio Guide w/c 23 September 2013

Download the PDF version of the guide to use at school: Science TV and Radio Guide_20130923.pdf

Sir David Attenborough is presenting a brilliant two part series looking at the evolutionary development of vertebrates. (Picture: BBC)

It was a really great week of TV and Radio last week. Both Science Brittanica and Rise of Animals were wonderful. Professor Brian Cox and Sir David Attenborough’s enthusiasm for the information they are presenting is infectious. So our pick of the week has to be Science Brittanica with Brian explaining the scientific method through the main players in the history of British Science and their experiments. @MrsDrSarah had so many people (students and staff!) come up to her this week to say how much they had enjoyed the programme last week, it’s obviously hit its target well and was very well pitched to engage.

You might not use this at school, but I’ll be introducing Nina and the Neurons: Earth Explorers to my little one this week (it starts on Monday). A late addition to the guide is It is Rocket Science, a comedy on Radio 4 based on the history of the development of rockets. I’ve not listened to any of these episodes, but the @scienceTVRadio twitter account got a cheeky follow from the show, so I checked it out. Episode 3 is still on iPlayer, and Episode 4 is on Wednesday night at 11:15pm.

I am so pleased by the reaction of the Inside Science production team to my request to provide the audio clips for the Science Practicals pieces from the last two programmes. They got back to me very quickly and the wonderful Jen Whyntie from Radio 4 Online team organised for the clips to be made available online. So they’re available here:  the first introductory debate between Alom Shaha and Professor Jim Iley and Professor Robin Millar’s interview from the following week.*


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TV and Radio Guide w/c 16 September 2013

Another quick post – sorry, the day job keeps getting in the way.

Once again Sarah has collated the links for you. There are two new series starting this week which we would recommend you watch, Science Britannica with Professor Brian Cox, and David Attenborough’s Rise of Animals. Keep an eye out for them.

Both Sarah’s and my pick of the week is The Life Scientific with the mathematician Professor Ian Stewart. He’s a fabulous popular science writer specialising in mathematics and has also co-written the Science of Discworld with Terry Pratchett. (Also I used to live next door but three when I was four years old).

Also worth listening to is Inside Science. I think this programme is definitely a worthy replacement for Material World. Over the last two weeks they have had discussions about practical work in the science classroom. Alom Shaha sparked off the debate and its continued last week with an excellent interview with Professor Robin Millar from the University of York.

[EDIT] I contacted the producer of Inside Science, Michelle Martin, via @AdamRutherford on Twitter and thanks to the sterling work of Jen Whyntie (of Interacting Weekly podcast fame) who works for Radio 4 online I’ve managed to get the clips put online.
Here’s the first introductory debate between Alom Shaha and Professor Jim Iley and Professor Robin Millar’s interview from the following week

I was hoping to embed them, however doesn’t allow flash embedding so back to the drawing board. Thanks again Jen. [/EDIT]


Here’s the guide: Science TV and Radio Guide_20130916.pdf

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TV Guide w/c 7th January 2013

Happy New Year! It’s been a hectic holiday for me as I’ve been given an awesome Christmas present: a new baby daughter. And @MrsDrSarah, my TV guide collaborator (and brains behind the whole idea), has been at the ASE Conference for the last 3 days so she’s been rather busy too.

So I missed a guide last week, but if you’d been paying attention to your TV schedules and weren’t too distracted by Mary Poppins or Midsomer Murders, you will have noticed that a new David Attenborough series started on the BBC: Africa. This was filled with amazing footage of the various animals and birds of the Kalahari desert and the climax was a fight for dominance between two bull giraffes. The fight lasted a couple of minutes which was slowed down but if you take a minute to remind yourself of the scale of these animals it really is quite astounding behaviour that has been filmed, and well worth seeking out on iPlayer.

The even more observant of you will have noticed that a new David Attenborough series started on Sky: Galapagos 3DI’ve not seen this as I don’t have access to Sky, but the trailer looks fabulous. It’s a 3 part series looking at the influence the Galapagos islands have had on our understanding of evolution and adaptation. The link will allow you to watch the first episode Origin from New Years Day if you have a Sky account.

What a wonderful week of Science TV and Radio we have lined up for you. The second episodes of Africa and Galapagos would have been my picks of the week but it’s StarGazing Live week. Dara O’Briain and Brian (O)Cox are gracing our screens again with the help of Liz Bonnin and Mark Thompson. If you follow the link then you’ll find a wealth of information of things you could do in school or suggest for your students to do to join in. I realise this doesn’t give you much time to plan for this week; I will advise you earlier next year!

Stargazing Live – (Photo: Mel Gigg, Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group from BBC Stargazing Website)

A new feature of the weekly TV Guide is a YouTube video link to share with your students. I’ve decided to start off with a year end video ( from the SciShow channel by Hank Green (one of the VlogBrothers – his brother is the author John Green) where he gives a run down of the science stories of 2012. Hank has a rather unique delivery (sometimes I think he may pass out mid sentence) however he and his brother are veteran YouTuber’s and his SciShow channel has a large selection of interesting videos. Read more of this post