It is, says presenter Dallas Campbell, a show for "anyone who is remotely curious about life, the Universe and pretty much everything."
Now that's a pretty broad scope, but what Bang Goes The Theory aims to do is look at how science shapes the world around us, in an engaging and relevant way. It's about making science fascinating - and fun.
And the way the team achieve that, says editor Dermot Caulfield, is by rolling up their sleeves, sticking their hands in the dirt, and finding out "why, what or where science is happening".
The presenters travel the world for scientific breakthroughs, whether they're in cosmology, zoology, medicine or any other field. And then it's back to base - a disused supersonic wind tunnel turned retro-futuristic workshop, by the people behind Dr Who - to show science in action.
But Bang Goes The Theory is not just concerned with, well, theory. It tests, stretches, explains and experiments. Astrophysicist Dr Stephen Serjeant, a lead academic on the series, says he's been "amazed to see the extremes the presenters are willing to go to" to show science in the raw".
And spectacular doesn't mean suspect. Clever people from The Open University's science faculty have been making sure the show's experiments and exploits are scientifically valid.
That extends to this website, an integral part of the production. If the TV show triggers curiosity, the website is where you can explore science for yourself.
Ask Dr Yan a science question, try the hands-on home experiment guides, or just sit back and watch stacks of exclusive interviews and in-depth extras, filmed especially for the web.
On top of all that, the Bang roadshow has been touring the UK throughout the summer. Check the tour dates and locations and come along - there'll be plenty of opportunity to get stuck in, and explosions are guaranteed.
Which is what Bang Goes The Theory is all about: getting involved, trying it out, and keeping it very real.
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