Did you know that the bicycle has done more to improve the human immune system than any other invention in history? Is it a good idea for humans to try to reach out to extra-terrestrials? Are computers ruining music? Do smart drugs really make you brainier?
A new six-part science series presented by Dara O Briain, featuring reporters and expert guests, is coming to BBC Two this autumn, asking these questions and many more.
Each week the team will take a single subject and examine it from lots of different and unexpected angles - from extinction to sex, Einstein to space exploration and brain chemistry to music – all underpinned by first-class science. Dara O Briain’s Science Club will plug viewers into the biggest ideas and fascinating facts. Combining in-depth studio discussion in front of a lively audience, with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, this new series brings some of the world’s foremost thinkers together to share their thoughts on everything, from how to avoid asteroid impact to whether or not we are still evolving.
Well known for his comedy, with a degree in mathematics and theoretical physics, Dara also brings his intelligence to a range of captivating subjects. He is joined by materials scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik, neuroscientist Tali Sharot, physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski and journalist Alok Jha, plus some of the most famous science ‘gods’ from around the world - all stirred together by Dara’s curiosity, wit and passion for science. There will also be special guest appearances from Marcus Brigstocke, James May, Jessica Hynes, Mark Steel, Josh Widdecombe and Ed Byrne.
Dara O Briain said: “I’m very excited to be opening the doors to my brand new Science Club on BBC Two. It’s for anyone, who like me, is curious about space, brains, extinction and sex and all the great ideas about how the universe works. And if that doesn’t grab you, we’ll show you how to measure the speed of light using cheese on toast or find your DNA with strong Polish vodka.”
Kim Shillinglaw, Commissioning Editor, Science and Natural History says: “This is science’s moment – it sits right at the heart of modern life. Dara OBriain’s Science Club will give you a lot to think about and a bit to laugh about – and show you that science has never been more exciting or more accessible than right now.”
Dara O Briain’s Science Club is commissioned by Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two and Kim Shillinglaw and coproduced with BBC Knowledge. It will air on BBC Two in early November and will follow on BBC Knowledge and BBCHD globally from 2013.
Notes to editors
Dara O Briain previously presented Stargazing Live on BBC Two. Best known in the UK for hosting BBC’s Mock the Week and Apprentice: You’re Fired, Dara started his career in television as a children’s presenter on RTÉ after studying Mathematical Physics at University College, Dublin.
Dara O Briain’s Science Club has been commissioned by Kim Shillinglaw, Commissioning Editor, Science and Natural History. Andrew Cohen is the Executive Producer, and Nigel Paterson is Series Editor for the BBC.
The 6 x 60-minute series is produced by BBC Vision and will be broadcast in November and December 2012.
Dara O Briain’s Science Club will air from 2013 on BBC Knowledge in Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Italy, Poland and the Nordic region. It will also air on BBC HD (Latin America, Poland, Turkey and the Nordic Region).
Science Club on BBC Two [is] for anyone, who like me, is curious about space, brains, extinction and sex and all the great ideas about how the universe works."