TV and Radio Guide w/c 30 September 2013

Download the PDF version of the guide to use at school: Science TV and Radio Guide_20130930.pdf

Glamping in an hobbit hole (but not this one). (Image source:

Sorry for the short and late post again – I have been without internet and electricity for the last 48 hours, in a hobbit hole somewhere in North Yorkshire. Lovely but not a particularly conducive environment for producing TV and Radio guides :). Luckily @MrsDrSarah has done the hard work and collated all the programmes. I just have to turn the information into a pretty pdf and calendar data for you all. Simples…

Picks of the Week

Jim Al Khalili is talking to geneticist Jenny Graves in The Life Scientific. The final episode of Scientific Britannica is on Wednesday, where Prof. B. Cox will be explaining what Science is.  Also look out for Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search for Modern Medicine with Dr Michael Mosley looking into what pain is and how it is controlled. If you are a primary teacher doing a project on British Wildlife, there is a radio programme about Scottish Salmon aimed at KS1 children on very early in the morning.  And our last pick is Costing the Earth on the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Great for debate for how science and politics interact.

A comment was made by some colleagues last week that needs passing to the TV and Radio science producers: chemistry teachers are feeling hard done by – more chemistry please. 🙂

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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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