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Duration: 59 minutes

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

Jim Al-Khalili on the fascinating story of the telescope. How it took a seashore plant, a bottle of mercury and a property boom to give us the machine that discovered the universe. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jim Al-Khalili
Interviewed Guest:
Derrick Pitts
Interviewed Guest:
Brett Salmon
Interviewed Guest:
Dan Coe
Interviewed Guest:
Fabio Silva
Interviewed Guest:
Shelley James
Interviewed Guest:
Binh Danh
Interviewed Guest:
Lindsey Smith
Executive Producer:
Iain Riddick
Executive Producer:
Ben Bowie
Director:
Chris Riley

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

The amazing story of our greatest superpower - the ability to fly. A tale of passion, danger and death, it involves a bicycle, a toy, a disaster at sea and the ultimate sacrifice. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jim Al-Khalili
Interviewed Guest:
Brandon Mikesell
Interviewed Guest:
Shini Somara
Interviewed Guest:
David Lentink
Interviewed Guest:
Tiera Guinn Fletcher
Interviewed Guest:
Bruce Weaver
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Browning
Executive Producer:
Iain Riddick
Executive Producer:
Ben Bowie

Duration: 59 minutes

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

The amazing story of the car includes an alliance with a deadly predator, devastating floods, a 19th-century publicity stunt, a mountain of horse dung and a trip to the slaughterhouse. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jim Al-Khalili
Interviewed Guest:
Alice Roberts
Interviewed Guest:
Danny Forster
Interviewed Guest:
Robert Hurford
Interviewed Guest:
Jutta Kleinschmidt
Interviewed Guest:
Jay Leno
Interviewed Guest:
Chris Geddes
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Kaner
Executive Producer:
Iain Riddick
Executive Producer:
Ben Bowie
Director:
Nat Sharman

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Jim Al-Khalili uncovers the fascinating story of the smartphone. It would take a Hollywood star, a missed vacation and a Roman siege to give us the device that defines our age. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jim Al-Khalili
Interviewed Guest:
Saul David
Interviewed Guest:
Nadya Mason
Interviewed Guest:
Jim Meigs
Interviewed Guest:
Danielle George
Interviewed Guest:
Tan Le
Interviewed Guest:
Philippe Kahn
Executive Producer:
Iain Riddick
Executive Producer:
Ben Bowie
Director:
Sean Smith

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Jim Al-Khalili explores the fascinating story of the robot, from ancient times to the modern day - asking if robots will one day take over the world. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jim Al-Khalili
Interviewed Guest:
Rod Brooks
Interviewed Guest:
Liang Zhipeng
Interviewed Guest:
Sydney Padua
Interviewed Guest:
Chris Burton
Interviewed Guest:
Danielle George
Interviewed Guest:
Owen Holland
Interviewed Guest:
Jennifer Trosper
Interviewed Guest:
Linus Engelberger
Interviewed Guest:
Giorgio Matar
Interviewed Guest:
Jim Meigs
Director:
Sean Smith
Executive Producer:
Ben Bowie
Executive Producer:
Iain Riddick

Duration: 59 minutes

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

The incredible story of that amazing invention, the rocket. It took a teenage genius, a Chinese monk, a Soviet plot and a butter machine to give us the ability to leave the Earth. Show more