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Episode 2: Plastic

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Professor Mark Miodownik tells the story of plastics - created in the lab, they have brought luxury to the masses and shaped the modern age. He recounts tales of the mavericks responsible for some of plastic's most outrageous failures and heady successes, from the explosive attempts to make a replacement for ivory billiard balls to the ultimately ubiquitous Bakelite.

Investigating at atomic level, Mark discovers the extraordinary properties that have allowed plastics to dominate our world and reveals how the next generation of plastics will take its inspiration from nature, creating man-made materials which behave as though they are alive and which could help rebuild the human body. Show less

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Miodownik
Executive Producer:
Helen Thomas
Series Producer:
Jacqueline Smith

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