Friday 18 Apr 2014
Dallas Campbell, Liz Bonnin, Jem Stansfield and Dr Yan Wong take on the scientific world by devising their own ingenious ways of explaining cutting-edge developments in technology.
The first episode tackles gait recognition, vortex rings, genetic engineering and an uncooked egg.
There are already over four million CCTV cameras in the UK. However, British researchers are still investigating even more effective methods of surveillance. Dallas and Liz head to Southampton to find out about a new system of gait recognition that could track each and every one of us, by monitoring the way that we move.
Tackling the science behind the headlines, Liz journeys to meet a US scientist who is developing his own controversial solution to solving the world's energy crisis. Craig Venter, one of the first people to sequence the human genome, is working to create the first generation of artificial life. Liz grapples with a contentious area of research that raises a raft of ethical questions.
Using the same principles that generate a simple smoke ring, engineer Jem assembles a cannon that he thinks will be strong enough to take on the three little pigs. The cannon produces a vortex shockwave so powerful it can knock down obstacles in its path, including a house of straw and a house of sticks. But will he really be able to succeed where the big, bad wolf failed, and use nothing more than a supersonically generated vortex ring to knock down a house of bricks?
Last but not least, street scientist Dr Yan Wong travels up and down the country to put the nation's scientific know-how to the test. He asks unsuspecting market shoppers one simple question: how do you cook an egg with a Bunsen burner and a piece of A4 paper?
Janine gets a new flatmate, in today's visit to the Square.
Meanwhile, Syed tells Christian that he is not welcome at his engagement party; Ronnie returns and is horrified to find out who Roxy is living with; and it's Libby's 18th birthday and she's unnerved when she discovers who has sent her a card.
Janine is played by Charlie Brooks, Syed by Marc Elliott, Christian by John Partridge, Ronnie by Samantha Womack, Roxy by Rita Simmons and Libby by Belinda Owusu.
On the street, a phone rings in the Calshaw's house as Jimmy McGovern's powerful, award-winning drama continues. But nobody is home. TA soldier Private Nick Calshaw played by Robin Hood star Jonas Armstrong, is calling from Afghanistan. He has managed to get hold of a satellite phone and is sneaking a call to his family.
The answerphone kicks in and Nick leaves a message. On her return from school, Nick's sister, Ellie, plays the message. As Nick talks, there are panicked shouts in the background, a baby starts to cry, and someone shouts: "Shoot her!" A massive explosion follows and then the line goes dead.
Ellie calls her parents, Alan and Kim, who rush home, frantic with worry. Nick's fiancée, Gemma, runs out of the school where she is teaching. Later, two Army officials call at the house to tell them that there has been an incident involving their son.
Nick travels home on a train with fellow squaddie, Rob, while back on the street his family prepares a welcome-home party. When Nick emerges from the taxi outside his family home, the full extent of his facial disfigurement is revealed to his shocked parents and to Ellie.
Nick seeks sanctuary with girlfriend Gemma. However, despite being surrounded by those who love him, Nick becomes increasingly depressed and withdrawn.
Private Nick Calshaw is played by Jonas Armstrong; Ellie by Kirstie Leigh Porter; Alan by Ian Puleston Davies; Kim by Siobhan Finneran; Gemma by Emily Beecham; and Rob by Lee Turnball.
With his lead dwindling in the polls, Royce resorts to extreme measures to stall Carcetti's momentum, as the fourth series of the acclaimed American police drama continues.
At Bodie's corner, Michael proves adept as a runner, with both Bodie and Marlo taking notice. A mini-mart being used by dealers is put under surveillance by Omar and Greggs, for different reasons. Rawls replaces Asher with a "company man," Charles Marimow, who pushes a new agenda on the detail, to Freamon and Greggs's dismay.
A domesticated McNulty, meanwhile, invites Bunk over for dinner, which ends with the two remembering the good old days at a familiar spot. Randy enjoys a productive first day at school, though Prez, the new teacher, isn't so fortunate. Herc reaps an unexpected benefit, courtesy of the mayor; and Colvin contemplates trading his new job in the private sector for one that gets him back on the streets.
Glynn Turman plays Royce, Aidan Gillen plays Carcetti, Gregory L Williams plays Michael, JD Williams plays Bodie, John Doman plays Rawls, Michael K Williams plays Omar, Sonja Sohn plays Greggs, Jamie Hector plays Marlo, Gene Terinoni plays Asher, Boris McGiven plays Charles Marimow, Clarke Peters plays Freamon, Dominic West plays McNulty, Wendell Pierce plays Bunk, Jim True-Frost plays Prez, Domenick Lombardozzi plays Herc and Robert Wisdom plays Colvin.
Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee continue to inspire the imaginations of younger viewers with another week of fun and adventures on Show Me Show Me.
Every weekday on CBeebies, Chris and Pui, joined by toys Tom, Stuffy, Miss Mouse and Teddington, bring objects and ideas to life in their magical playroom in the sky.
Shoes take centre stage on Monday – shoes for dancing, shoes for splashing and shoes for running. Miss Mouse loses a shoe and is worried she won't be able to dance at the ball.
On Tuesday, there's a special guest in the playroom, Grandad Stuffy. He loves singing, so the toys make him feel welcome and join in with Heads, Shoulders, Knees And Toes, and play his favourite game, skittles. But Grandad Stuffy has lost his glasses.
Wednesday finds the gang celebrating birthdays. It's Stuffy's birthday today and all the toys have made him a card, except for Tom. Chris, Pui and Choo Choose help Tom make a card.
There are all sorts of hats to try on in Thursday's visit to the magical playroom in the sky. Humpty Dumpty wants a hat, but what would be best for him? What about a crash helmet?
The final visit of the week has Pui discovering a caterpillar in the playroom. She asks everyone to move their finger like a caterpillar and wiggle through the grass. But what do caterpillars turn into? Let's take a look through the telescope...
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