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Secrets of Skin

Series 1

Communication

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 6 months

Professor Ben Garrod explores how skin has evolved remarkable ways to enable animals to communicate with each other, from vibrant displays of colour to skin pouches to amplify sound. Show more

Secrets of Skin

Series 1

Defence

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

What is the most toxic animal on earth? Why is a rhino armour plated? Professor Ben Garrod discovers the complex ways in which skin helps defend animals against threats of all kinds. Show more

Secrets of Skin

Series 1

Sensing

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Professor Ben Garrod explores how some snakes can see using heat, how crocodiles feel through their jaws, and how some animals use electricity to navigate their world. Show more

Secrets of Skin

Series 1

Adaptability

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Professor Ben Garrod explores how versatile the basic skin structure truly is, revealing how slight adaptations have created birds' feathers and a rhinoceros’s horn. Show more

Secrets of Skin

Series 1

Protection

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Professor Ben Garrod reveals how skin protects vertebrates from extremes of temperature, the harmful effect of UV and a host of living organisms that want to get in. Show more

Secrets of Skin

Series 1

Moving

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

What makes sharks built for speed? How do snakes move without limbs? How do sugar gliders fly without feathers? The answers all lie in their skin. Show more