BBC Two follows trial for Parkinson's cure

Eddie Izzard as Robert Watson Watt in Castles in the Sky Eddie Izzard stars as Robert Watson Watt in factual drama about his invention of radar

Television cameras will gain in-depth access to a medical trial for the first time, as BBC Two follows controversial tests for a new treatment for Parkinson's.

The Trial will follow the volunteers who - whether patients or in the placebo group - will undergo invasive brain surgery as part of the search for a cure for the degenerative disease that affects one in every 500 people.

Viewers could witness a momentous moment in the treatment of the disease if the trial - which started earlier this year at Bristol's Frenchay Hospital - is successful.

The Trial is one of a number of new science commissions announced by Janice Hadlow, BBC Two controller, on Wednesday.

Brian's back

Brian Cox will return to the channel, turning his gaze to humans after his successful explorations of the universe, the solar system and life on Earth.

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We're committed to finding ever more ambitious ways to bring science alive to our viewers”

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The five-part Human Universe will take on some of the biggest questions we can ask ourselves - from who are we and are we alone to why are we here and where are we going.

Eddie Izzard, meanwhile, will play the man who invented radar in factual drama Castles in the Sky.

A previously untold tale, it will focus on the human drama behind Scot Robert Watson Watt's invention which saved the nation in the Battle of Britain. It also stars Breaking Bad's Laura Fraser as Watt's wife.

Into the bushfire

Kate Humble's new project will take her to Australia in the heart of the wildfire season.

Her two-part special will call on frontline experts and fire fighters to uncover how bushfires start, spread and stop.

Announcing the 'strong and varied mix of new commissions', Hadlow pointed to the 'incredible resurgence' of science on BBC Two, with programmes from Wonders of Life to Horizon's Secret Life of the Cat pulling in the crowds.

Kim Shillinglaw, head of science commissioning, added: 'We're committed to finding ever more ambitious ways to bring science alive to our viewers.'

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