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Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Alok Jha investigates how modern weather forecasting was born amid 20th-century catastrophes, as meteorologists helped fight two world wars and tried to predict natural disasters. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alok Jha
Producer:
Andrew Smith
Director:
Andrew Smith
Executive Producer:
Paul Sen
Series Producer:
Paul Sen
Production Company:
KEO North

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Schaffer reveals the engineering wonders of the 19th century: computers made out of cogs, giant replica dinosaurs, huge telescopes and devices heralding the birth of cinema. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Simon Schaffer
Executive Producer:
Paul Sen
Director:
Andrew Smith
Production Company:
Furnace Limited

Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes

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

Professor Jim Al-Khalili investigates the amazing science of gravity. As well sculpting our universe, gravity also affects our weight, height and even the rate at which we age. Show more

The Gene Code

Episode 1: The Book of Life

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Adam Rutherford explores how the entire human genome was decoded, discovering that every human carries the entire story of life on earth hidden in his or her DNA. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Adam Rutherford
Producer:
Tim Usborne
Director:
Tim Usborne
Executive Producer:
Paul Sen

Everything and Nothing

Episode 1: Everything

Duration: 1 hour

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

Prof Jim Al-Khalili sets out to discover what the universe might actually look like and charts the stories of the men and women who discovered the truth about the cosmos. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jim Al-Khalili
Executive Producer:
Paul Sen
Producer:
Nic Stacey
Director:
Nic Stacey

Everything and Nothing

Episode 2: Nothing

Duration: 1 hour

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

Prof Jim Al-Khalili sets out to answer the question of what is nothing, showing how the quantum world of the supersmall shaped the vast universe we inhabit today. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jim Al-Khalili
Executive Producer:
Paul Sen
Producer:
Nic Stacey
Director:
Nic Stacey

Duration: 1 hour

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

Physicist Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a journey into the science of bubbles - not just fun toys, but also powerful tools that push back the boundaries of science. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Helen Czerski
Executive Producer:
Richard Reisz
Producer:
Paul Sen
Director:
Paul Sen

Duration: 1 hour

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

Professor Simon Schaffer presents a documentary telling the story of automata, extraordinary clockwork machines designed hundreds of years ago to mimic and recreate life. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Alok Jha charts the history of weather forecasting. In the 1850s, driven to prevent sea disasters, meteorologist Robert Fitzroy issued Britain's first storm warnings. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alok Jha
Producer:
Paul Vanezis
Director:
Paul Vanezis
Executive Producer:
Paul Sen
Series Producer:
Paul Sen
Production Company:
KEO North

The Secrets of Quantum Physics

Episode 2: Let There Be Life

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Jim Al-Khalili investigates the most accurate, yet perplexing, scientific theory ever - quantum physics. He finds out whether it might solve biological mysteries. Show more

Order and Disorder

Episode 2: Information

Duration: 1 hour

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

Investigating the concept of information, Jim Al-Khalili learns that it is not just about human communication, it is woven very profoundly into the fabric of reality. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jim Al-Khalili
Executive Producer:
Paul Sen
Writer:
Nic Stacey
Director:
Nic Stacey

Duration: 1 hour

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

Expert John Wass presents a documentary telling the story of how hormones were discovered and remain at medicine's cutting edge as we try to deal with modern scourges like obesity. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Alok Jha charts the history of weather forecasting. He tells the story of how meteorology became one of the most important scientific endeavours of the modern age. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alok Jha
Producer:
James Sandy
Director:
James Sandy
Executive Producer:
Paul Sen
Series Producer:
Paul Sen
Production Company:
KEO North

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

George McGavin investigates the dramatic life of the oak tree - a species that makes extraordinary transformations as it meets the challenges of the four seasons. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
George McGavin
Executive Producer:
Paul Sen
Producer:
Nic Stacey
Director:
Nic Stacey
Production Company:
Furnace Limited

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Jim Al-Khalili shows how chaos theory can answer a question that mankind has asked for millennia - how does a universe that starts off as dust end up with intelligent life? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jim Al-Khalili
Executive Producer:
Paul Sen
Director:
Nic Stacey
Producer:
Nic Stacey

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

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Science journalist Angela Saini and disability rights activist Adam Pearson investigate how the legacy of eugenics continues to the present day. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 4 months

Science journalist Angela Saini and disability rights activist Adam Pearson, investigate eugenics - the controversial idea that the human race can be improved by selective breeding. Show more

The Secrets of Quantum Physics

Episode 1: Einstein's Nightmare

Duration: 59 minutes

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

How Albert Einstein thought he had found the fatal flaw in quantum theory, because it implies that sub-atomic particles can communicate faster than light. Show more

Order and Disorder

Episode 1: Energy

Duration: 1 hour

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

In attempting to answer the question of what is energy, Jim Al-Khalili investigates a strange set of laws that link together everything from engines to humans to stars. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jim Al-Khalili
Executive Producer:
Paul Sen
Writer:
Nic Stacey
Director:
Nic Stacey

Atom

Episode 1: The Clash of the Titans

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Nuclear physicist Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of the discovery that everything is made of atoms, and of the minds behind the scientific breakthrough. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jim Al-Khalili
Producer:
Tim Usborne
Director:
Tim Usborne
Executive Producer:
Paul Sen

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