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!