Science on the BBC

I have criticised the BBC’s crass science output previously. I think it is therefore my duty to acknowledge their successes. And there have been three recent successes that have renewed my hope in the possibility of broadcast TV making a positive impression of science. And importantly, not just being propaganda, but simultaneously reflecting the personal honesty required for scientific endeavour.

Th e programs that deserve praise are Bang Goes the Theory, The Story of Science and Chemistry, A volatile history.

  • BGTT is a topical programme aiming squarely at a young and non-specialist audience.  The genius (there is no other word that comes close) of Jem Stansfield has finally reached the public eye and I feel sure this programme will become a staple of the network in subsequent series.
  • CAVH is standard science documentary fare, but nicely done. A little too bland for my taste, but sound scientifically and televisually.
  • And finally, TSoS is a delightful narrative dissection of science. The narrator – Michael Mosely – is not so full of himself – but full enough to tell a tale clearly. To my mind, this is breathtaking television.

I just wanted to post this so that I could defend myself against the accusation that I didn’t notice the good as well as the dreadfully mediocre. OK – its past midnight: bedtime!

One Response to “Science on the BBC”

  1. Andrew H Says:

    I liked Invisible Worlds too.
    Someone quite high up in the Institute of Physics told me she hated BGTT because it had all the boys doing interesting stuff and the girl playing with test tubes.

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