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 and Radio Guide w/c 8 July 2013

Sarah has collated this week’s TV and Radio guide before jetting off to New York, New York. I however have spent the weekend trying to build a deck in the garden and have just got round to posting this. Apologies, my fault.

So, Inside Science was pretty good last week with discussion on Bovine TB and coral sunscreen. And What makes us Human with Dr Alice Roberts was excellent. I love twitter, I asked Alice a question about metabolic limits affecting gestation period and she came back to me with details of a research paper looking at the genetic markers for premature birth – great stuff. We also missed telling you about In Our Time last week about the Invention of Radio.

This week we’ve got more fantastic programming for you. Sarah’s pick of the week is the Frozen Planet series: awesome documentary film making and great for clips about adaptation. I’ll choose the Natural World Special on filming a Giant Squid.

Hope you don’t mind, but no video collection today (I’ve been offline most of the week what with teachmeets and hayfever, so haven’t been keeping my ear to the ground for good video resources). I’ll give you a double helping next week. Promise.

We will be taking a break during the summer holidays starting the week commencing 22nd July. However if there is anything particularly interesting on TV and Radio we’ll tweet it from @ScienceTVRadio so make sure you’re following.

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 1 July 2013

Well better late than never… 

This week sees the introduction of a new science programme on Radio 4 to fill the gaping cavern in our lives that was left by the departure of Material World. Inside Science is presented by Dr Adam Rutherford (with Dr Lucie Green, and Professor Alice Roberts presenting later in the year)  and is @MrsDrSarah’s pick of the week. My pick is What Makes Us Human, looking at the differences between our species and other animals. 

The video of the week is a lovely slow mo video showing the wonderful phenomenon self-siphoning beads by Earth Unplugged featuring Steve Mould from Festival of the Spoken Nerd. It was brought to my attention via and features some nice explanations about forces and travelling waves.

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