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Mad and Bad: 60 Years of Science on TV

From Raymond Baxter live on Tomorrow's World testing a new-fangled bulletproof vest on a nervous inventor to Doctor Who's contemporary spin on the War on Terror, British television and the Great British public have been fascinated with the brave new world offered up by science on TV.

Narrated by Robert Webb, this documentary takes a fantastic, incisive and funny voyage through the rich heritage of science TV in the UK, from real science programmes (including The Sky At Night, Horizon, Tomorrow's World, The Ascent of Man) to science-fiction (such as The Quatermass Experiment, Doctor Who, Doomwatch, Blake's 7, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), to find out what it tells us about Britain over the last 60 years.

Important figures in science and TV science, including Sir David Attenborough, Robert Winston, Dr Tim Hunt, Professor Colin Blakemore, Tony Robinson, Sir Patrick Moore and Johnny Ball, comment on growing up with TV science and on how it has reflected - or led - our collective image of science and the scientist.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Tue 3 Jan 2012 02:00


Role Contributor
NarratorRobert Webb
ProducerSean Grundy
Executive ProducerStuart Carter
Executive ProducerCassian Harrison
ParticipantSir David Attenborough
ParticipantRobert Winston
ParticipantColin Blakemore
ParticipantTony Robinson
ParticipantPatrick Moore
ParticipantJohnny Ball