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1995-1996 Fermat's Last Theorem

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British mathematician Andrew Wiles's bid to find proof for Fermat's last theorem.

The story of the British mathematician Andrew Wiles and his bid to find proof for Fermat's last theorem, which has taxed mathematicians since the 17th century.

Andrew Wiles stumbled across the world's greatest mathematical puzzle, Fermat's Theorem, as a ten- year-old schoolboy, beginning a 30-year quest with just one goal in mind - to solve the problem that has baffled minds for three centuries.

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Director
Simon Singh
Editor
John Lynch
Participant
Andrew Wiles

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1982-1983 Killer in the Village

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Tracing the spread of AIDS across America. (1983)

First transmitted in 1983, Horizon traces the spread of a newly identified disease, AIDS, across America. It asks if the seeds of a spreading epidemic had already reached London.

First transmitted in 1983, Horizon traces the spread of AIDS across America. AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome - was only named in 1982, and was still largely unknown. This programme follows the search for a cause and cure, and asks whether the seeds of a spreading epidemic had already reached London.

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1964-1965 The World Of Buckminster Fuller

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The work of Buckminster Fuller, the inventor of the geodesic dome. (1964)

First transmitted in 1964, Horizon profiles Buckminster Fuller, the inventor of the geodesic dome.

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Participant
Buckminster Fuller
Producer
Ramsay Short
Editor
Philip Daly
Film Editor
Peter Cantor

Horizon

1997-1998 Mir Mortals

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The story of the men who orbited Earth on board the ill-fated Mir space station. (1998)

First transmitted in 1998, this is the story of four men who orbited Earth on board the ill-fated Mir space station.

First transmitted in 1998, this is the story of four men who orbited Earth on board the ill-fated Mir space station, which NASA declared unsafe in 1991. Although Mir had been lived in almost continuously since she was launched in 1986, the joint Russian-American mission in 1997 saw unprecedented problems on board the station; from fire, power blackouts and mechanical breakdowns to a dramatic midspace collision that left everyone on board scrambling for their lives.

Contributors include American astronauts Jerry Linenger and Michael Foale, Russian cosmonauts Vasily Tsibliyev and Sasha Lazutkin, and ground support staff such as Tamara Globa, one of Russia's foremost astrologers.

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Narrator
Stephen Kemble
Series Editor
John Lynch
Producer
Jill Fullerton-Smith

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1965-1966 Man In Space

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Horizon reports from the spacecraft centre in Houston, Texas. (1966)

First transmitted in 1966, Horizon reports from the spacecraft centre in Houston, Texas.

First transmitted in 1966, Horizon reports from the spacecraft centre in Houston, Texas, about the experiences of the astronaut; how he reacts to being in space and the stresses of launching and re-entry.

Credits

Participant
Col. Frank Borman
Presenter
Dick Gilling
Reporter
David Lutyens
Producer
Adrian Malone
Director
Peter Cantor
Executive Producer
Gordon Rattray Taylor

Horizon

1964-1965 Strangeness Minus Three

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The discovery by physicists of a unique particle. (1964)

First transmitted in 1964, the prediction and recent discovery of a fleeting particle may transform our ideas about the ultimate structure of matter.

First transmitted in 1964, it took physicists at Brookhaven, Long Island, New York, two years and 97,025 photographs before they successfully identified a predicted new particle, which has a unique characteristic known as 'strangeness minus three'. Contributing physicists include Murray Gell-Mann, Yuval Ne’eman and Richard Feynman.

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1974-1975 A Time To Be Born

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Horizon investigates the growing tendency to induce childbirth. (1975)

First transmitted in 1975, Horizon investigates the growing tendency in hospitals to induce childbirth by injecting hormones into mothers.

First transmitted in 1975, Horizon investigates the growing tendency in hospitals to induce childbirth by injecting hormones into mothers . The practice has become increasingly widespread in recent years and this film asks if induction is desirable, necessary and safe.

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1972-1973 The Curtain Of Silence

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Programme about deafness in Britain today. (1973)

First transmitted in 1973, Horizon reports on deafness in Britain today, including the provision of aids for the deaf and the dangers of noise induced deafness.

First transmitted in 1973, Horizon reports on deafness in Britain today, including the education of deaf children, the provision of aids for the deaf, and the dangers of noise induced deafness.

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1967-1968 Investigating Murder

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How science is helping more and more to establish the outcome of serious crimes. (1968)

Find out about modern methods of crime investigation, and how a routine scientific test can often establish guilt more decisively than half a dozen eye-witnesses. (1968)

In Britain the crime of murder, the most serious of crimes, leads to the most serious punishment. The investigation of murder and the presentation of evidence always demands the utmost care in proving a man's guilt ' beyond all reasonable doubt' for his liberty will depend on it.

The certainty and ingenuity of science is helping more and more to establish the outcome of a case. The scientifically trained detective at the scene of the crime, the pathologist in the mortuary, and the biochemist in the laboratory can each supply the piece of the jigsaw that solves the crime, and often a routine scientific test can establish guilt more decisively than half a dozen eye-witnesses. (1968)

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1981-1982 The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

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Professor Richard Feynman of Caltech talks about his life and career.

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1977-1978 Now The Chips Are Down

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The rise of the microprocessor and its effect on industry. (1978)

First transmitted in 1978, Horizon examines the rise of the microprocessor and asks if automation presents a problem for the future of British industry.

First transmitted in 1978, Horizon examines the rise of the microprocessor and asks if automation presents a problem for the future of British industry.

The programme was followed by a live studio discussion, included here, featuring Mick McLean from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, Robert Clayton, technical director at GEC, and Barrie Sherman, director of research at the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs.

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Narrator
Paul Vaughan
Interviewer
Richard Kershaw
Interviewed Guest
Mick McLean
Interviewed Guest
Robert Clayton
Interviewed Guest
Barrie Sherman
Producer
Edward Goldwyn
Editor
Simon Campbell-Jones
Unknown
Ted Walter

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2012-2013 Episode 3: Eat, Fast and Live Longer

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Michael Mosley examines the powerful science behind the ancient idea of fasting.

Michael Mosley examines the science behind fasting, as he sets himself the ambitious goal of living longer, staying younger and losing weight without changing his lifestyle.

Michael Mosley has set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight in the bargain. And he wants to make as few changes to his life as possible along the way. He discovers the powerful new science behind the ancient idea of fasting, and he thinks he's found a way of doing it that still allows him to enjoy his food. Michael tests out the science of fasting on himself - with life-changing results.

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Presenter
Michael Mosley
Director
Kate Dart

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1981-1982 The Race to Ruin

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Examining the US fear that the Russians are ahead of them in the space race. (1981)

First transmitted in 1981, Horizon examines the US fear that the Russians are ahead of them in the space race.

First transmitted in 1981, Horizon examines the US fear that the Russians are ahead of them in the space race and that they're developing beam and laser weapons capable of hitting targets on earth from space platforms.

Credits

Narrator
Peter Wilson
Editor
Graham Massey
Film Editor
David Thomas
Producer
Jeremy Taylor
Producer
Jon Palfreman

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2016 Episode 15: Jimmy Carr and the Science of Laughter

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Jimmy Carr looks at what laughter is, why we enjoy it and what it has to do with comedy.

Jimmy Carr takes over Horizon for a one-off special to try to get to the bottom of what laughter is, why we enjoy it so much and what, if anything, it has to do with comedy.

Comedian Jimmy Carr takes over Horizon for this one-off special programme, produced as part of BBC2's sitcom season.

Jimmy turns venerable documentary strand Horizon into a chat show, with eminent laughter scientists as guests and a studio audience to use as guinea pigs. Jimmy and his guests try to get to the bottom of what laughter is, why we enjoy it so much and what, if anything, it has to do with comedy.

Between them, and with the help of contributions from other scientists on film, Jimmy and guests discover that laughter is much older than our species, and may well have contributed to making us human.

With professors Sophie Scott, Robin Dunbar and Peter McGraw.

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Presenter
Jimmy Carr
Series Editor
Steve Crabtree
Director
Peter Leonard
Producer
Peter Leonard

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2020 What's the Matter with Tony Slattery?

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58 minutes Available for 18 days First broadcast:
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Comedian Tony Slattery turns to psychiatry for some answers to his psychological problems.

Comedian Tony Slattery meets experts to explore his psychological problems, finding out if he is definitely bipolar, confronting addiction and opening up about a childhood trauma.

Tony Slattery was one of the most gifted TV comedians of the late 80s and early 90s. One of the Cambridge Footlight set that included Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson, he became a household name on Whose Line is it Anyway? Then in 1996, amidst rumours of a massive breakdown, he seemed to vanish from our screens overnight.

Now as he approaches 60, Tony has been touring the country with a show that explores his past and his mental health. Diagnosed with depression, he and his partner of over 30 years Mark Hutchinson have always been convinced there was more to it. Bipolar disorder was first discussed around the time of his breakdown nearly 25 years ago but never confirmed. Now Tony wants to have his mental health reassessed and has been referred to Professor Guy Goodwin, one of the world’s leading experts on the condition, to see if he can finally get a definitive diagnosis.

But like so many people with complex mental health issues, Tony isn’t going to be easy to diagnose. Bipolar disorder is characterised by severe and disabling highs and lows over which the sufferer has little control. Having bipolar disorder may also predispose you to abuse alcohol or other substances which can cloud the picture and intensify symptoms. Although Tony gave up a cocaine habit decades ago, he is still a heavy drinker, so Goodwin pulls in Professor Julia Sinclair, an expert in addiction and mental health, to get her input.

Tony’s partner Mark has been carrying the burden of his illness for decades and believes a traumatic experience in Tony’s childhood could still be affecting him. Whilst in Belfast, they visit Professor Ciaran Mulholland, an expert in childhood trauma and mental illness, and in an extraordinarily raw and intimate session, Tony opens up about these painful events for the first time in his life.

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Featured Artist
Tony Slattery
Director
Clare Richards
Producer
Clare Richards
Executive Producer
Katie Buchanan
Executive Producer
Alan Holland
Editor
Sean Mackenzie
Production Manager
Eleanor Warren
Composer
Andy C Taylor
Narrator
Denise Gough
On-line editing
Sam Mangan
Production Company
Sundog Pictures

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2021 Coronavirus Special - What We Know Now

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Dr Chris Van Tulleken takes us through the latest developments and answers concerns.

In this third Horizon special, Dr Chris Van Tulleken is joined by his brother Xand and Dr Guddi Singh to take us through the latest developments and answer current concerns.

In this third Horizon special, Dr Chris Van Tulleken is joined by his brother Xand and Dr Guddi Singh to take us through the latest developments and answer current concerns.

Though the effect of the coronavirus pandemic has been devastating to many, the team reveal the breakthroughs in genetics, medicine and modelling that have provided a way out of this situation and given hope and confidence that, in the event of a future pandemic, we can take it on and win.

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