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Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

2010

Episode 1: Why Elephants Can't Dance

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Dr Mark Miodownik explains how scientists have pieced together some of the physical rules that govern the strength, lifespan and dance moves of animals. Show more

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

2010

Episode 2: Why Chocolate Melts and Jet Engines Don't

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Mark Miodownik zooms into the microscopic world beneath our fingertips and reveals how this world can make objects behave like magic. Show more

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

2010

Episode 3: Why Mountains Are So Small

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Mark Miodownik investigates the world of the very big and very tall. He reveals that, at this scale, everything is governed by a battle with gravity. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The team looks at the cosmic impacts which have shaped the universe around us, from asteroids crashing into the surface of the moon to galaxies colliding with each other. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Presenter:
Mark Miodownik
Series Producer:
Rob Liddell
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf

How It Works

Episode 1: Metal

Duration: 1 hour

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

Mark Miodownik traces the history of our love affair with metal. He investigates metals at the atomic level and sees how metal crystals can be grown to survive inside a jet engine. Show more

Contributors

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

How It Works

Episode 2: Plastic

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Mark Miodownik shows how plastics have brought luxury to the masses and reveals how the next generation will take its inspiration from nature and could help rebuild the human body. Show more

Contributors

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

Dara O Briain's Science Club

Series 1

Episode 6: Music

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Dara O Briain and his expert team examine the science behind music. James May explores how music is linked to our emotions and Mark Miodownik takes apart an electric guitar. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Dara O Briain
Presenter:
Dara O Briain
Presenter:
Alok Jha
Presenter:
Alok Jha
Presenter:
Mark Miodownik
Presenter:
Mark Miodownik
Presenter:
Tali Sharot
Presenter:
Tali Sharot
Participant:
James May
Participant:
James May
Participant:
Brian Cox
Participant:
Brian Cox
Executive Producer:
Andrew Cohen
Executive Producer:
Andrew Cohen
Series Producer:
Kaye Godleman
Series Producer:
Kaye Godleman
Production Manager:
Roger Houston
Production Manager:
Roger Houston
Series Editor:
Nigel Paterson
Series Editor:
Nigel Paterson

The Genius of Invention

Learning Zone

Episode 1: Power

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Exploring the fascinating stories behind the invention and development of the steam engine, the electrical generator and the steam turbine. Show more

The Genius of Invention

Learning Zone

Episode 2: Speed

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Exploring the fascinating stories behind the invention and development of the steam locomotive, the internal combustion engine and the jet engine. Show more

The Genius of Invention

Learning Zone

Episode 3: Communication

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Exploring the fascinating stories behind the invention and development of the electric telegraph, the telephone and wireless communication. Show more

The Genius of Invention

Learning Zone

Episode 4: Visual Image

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Exploring the fascinating stories behind the invention and development of photography, moving pictures and television. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Materialist scientist Professor Mark Miodownik challenges two-Michelin-star chef Marcus Wareing to the ultimate cookery competition. Is cooking a science or an art? Show more

Dara O Briain's Science Club

Series 2

Episode 3: DIY Science

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Dara O Briain and his team explore how powerful, affordable technology is ushering in a new era of DIY science that everyone can get involved in. Show more

Dara O Briain's Science Club

Series 1

Episode 4: Space

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Comedian Josh Widdecombe joins Dara and the team of experts to take a peek into mankind's final frontier - space. Show more

Contributors

Series Editor:
Nigel Paterson
Series Editor:
Nigel Paterson
Presenter:
Dara O Briain
Presenter:
Dara O Briain
Presenter:
Alok Jha
Presenter:
Alok Jha
Presenter:
Mark Miodownik
Presenter:
Mark Miodownik
Presenter:
Helen Czerski
Presenter:
Helen Czerski
Participant:
Josh Widdicombe
Participant:
Josh Widdicombe
Executive Producer:
Andrew Cohen
Executive Producer:
Andrew Cohen
Series Producer:
Kaye Godleman
Series Producer:
Kaye Godleman
Production Manager:
Roger Houston
Production Manager:
Roger Houston
Participant:
Martin Rees
Participant:
Martin Rees

Duration: 59 minutes

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

In the first BBC documentary to be filmed entirely on smartphones, Mark Miodownik reveals the weird materials that have built our high-tech world. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Miodownik
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf
Assistant Producer:
Kate Szell

A Good Read

Professor Mark Miodownik and Diana Henry

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Scientist Mark Miodownik and food writer Diana Henry tell Harriett Gilbert about the books they love. Flann O'Brien, Elizabeth Taylor and chef Gabrielle Hamilton are the authors. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Mark Miodownik
Interviewed Guest:
Diana Henry
Producer:
Beth O'Dea

Dara O Briain's Science Club

Series 1

Episode 1: Reproduction

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Dara O Briain and a team of experts look at the world of reproduction and inheritance. Comedian Ed Byrne discovers just how closely related he is to a Neanderthal. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Dara O Briain
Series Editor:
Nigel Paterson
Reporter:
Alok Jha
Presenter:
Dara O Briain
Presenter:
Alok Jha
Reporter:
Tali Sharot
Presenter:
Mark Miodownik
Participant:
Ed Byrne
Presenter:
Tali Sharot
Participant:
Steve Jones
Participant:
Ed Byrne
Executive Producer:
Andrew Cohen
Participant:
Steve Jones
Executive Producer:
Andrew Cohen
Director:
John Maidens
Series Producer:
Kaye Godleman
Production Manager:
Roger Houston
Production Manager:
Roger Houston

The Genius of Invention

Original Series

Episode 1: Power

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Exploring the fascinating stories behind the technologies and innovations which have transformed the world since their invention. Show more

How It Works

Episode 3: Ceramics

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Professor Mark Miodownik looks at how simple clay, sand and rock can be changed into pottery, glass and concrete to build cities and transform the way we view our world. Show more

Contributors

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

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Mark Miodownik looks at how materials have enabled us to indulge our curiosity about the world around us, revealing why the everyday and even the mundane is anything but. Show more