TV & Radio Guide 17th – 30th December 2012

There will be an extended edition of the TV Guide this week to cover Christmas, but due to an appointment with The Hobbit this afternoon and lots of marking I haven’t yet finished the post. So I will update this post later tonight with the following week’s TV and my picks of the week. (see older archives of TV Guides here and here)

Edit: Back from the Hobbit (great fun)… I’ve updated the table below to include TV and Radio over Christmas week.

My top picks from this week are Material World on Thursday (repeated the following Monday) looking at the unsung heroes of science, and Orbit – which is on early on Thursday morning, but will be on iPlayer later.

My top pick from the Christmas week has to be the three Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (on Boxing Day, 27th and 28th) with Dr Peter Wothers. Chemistry has not been well provided for on the TV & Radio over the last few weeks, so this is a chance for it to have the limelight.

Also, here are the wonderful science interviews from last week’s PM news programme on Radio 4. Thursday’s conversation with Aoife McLysaght was particularly nice, especially her little anecdote about why science is so important.

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TV Guide w/c 10th December 2012

This week’s TV Guide is collated by @MrsDrSarah (see older archives of TV Guides here and here) is now available.

A bit of a quiet week this week as Science Club has come to the end of its first series (it has a special episode airing at Christmas though), so this week is mainly for the biologists. Loads of David Attenborough on iPlayer and @MrsDrSarah’s pick of the week is the Frontiers: DNA radio programme now only available on iPlayer – she says “it was fascinating, especially the comment that now more DNA can be sequenced in a second than was possible in the span of a PhD about a decade ago”. I have to agree.  The repeated series First Life about the evolution of the early forms of life on earth is also worth a watch (more info on the series can be found here).

An early reminder about Science on TV at Christmas: tell your students (especially chemists) about the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures which, this year, are entitled The Modern Alchemist. They will be broadcast on the BBC this Christmas. Also check out the excellent Royal Institution RI Channel for past Christmas Lectures, the great Tales from the Prep Room video series as well loads of other video clips from TV science communicators such as Brian Cox, Dara O’Briain, Liz Bonnin etc, all organised into themes or collections. It really is a fabulous resource.

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