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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

In a never-before-attempted experiment at Bristol Zoo, Liz Bonnin and a team of experts stay up all night to track the diverse sleep patterns of animals from lions to meerkats. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Liz Bonnin
Presenter:
Bryson Voirin
Director:
Nicholas Head
Executive Producer:
Owen Gay
Executive Producer:
Laura Marshall
Executive Producer:
Marcus Herbert
Executive Producer:
Tom McDonald
Participant:
John Partridge
Participant:
Russell Foster
Participant:
Nigel Franks
Participant:
Lynsey Bugg
Participant:
Ulf Schonfeld
Participant:
Jochen Reiter
Participant:
Jessie Croone
Participant:
Niels Rattenborg
Participant:
Peter Evans
Participant:
Vicky Jones
Participant:
Paul Cook
Participant:
Paul Strachan

Start the Week

The Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead

Duration: 43 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Cultural discussion programme. Tom Sutcliffe at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead with Russell Foster, Denise Mina, Stephen Westaby and Eugenia Cheng. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Russell Foster
Interviewed Guest:
Denise Mina
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Westaby
Interviewed Guest:
Eugenia Cheng
Producer:
Katy Hickman

Free Thinking

Festival 2017

Episode 1: Sleep - Freedom to Think

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

In front of an audience at Sage Gateshead, Professor Russell Foster delivers the opening lecture of Radio 3's 2017 Free Thinking Festival, on the theme of 'the speed of life'. Show more

Free Thinking

Sleep, Sleeplessness and Creativity

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Rana Mitter discusses why people sleep, with expert on the human body clock Russell Foster and comedian and insomniac Matt Berry. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Russell Foster
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Berry
Interviewed Guest:
Brigitte Steger
Interviewed Guest:
Katharine Craik

In Our Time

Circadian Rhythms

Duration: 43 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the evolution and role of circadian rhythms, the so-called body clock influencing a daily cycle of physical, behavioural and mental changes. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Russell Foster
Interviewed Guest:
Debra Skene
Interviewed Guest:
Steve Jones