Episode 4

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Bang Goes the Theory, Series 4 Episode 4 of 8

Duration: 30 minutes

In the latest episode of the series that reveals your world with a bang, Jem demonstrates what a calorie is by making the team take part in the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. Dr Yan goes to the Houses of Parliament to meet MPs and test their ability to calculate risk. And Liz investigates whether we are running out of antibiotics and what will happen if we do. Bang also launches the Big Risk Test - take part in what aims to be the biggest ever study of the science of risk.

The programme is co-produced with the Open University. For more ways to put science to the test, go to www.bbc.co.uk/bang and follow the links to the Open University.

  • Cereal scientist

    Cereal scientist

    Another piece of metal feels the force of Jem's relentless experimentation.

    Watch Jem's explosive breakfast
  • Bang boat race

    Bang boat race

    Well fed for the calorie challenge ahead, Dallas, Liz, Jem and Dr Yan pose for snaps before their row down the Thames.

  • What do we mean by 'risk'?

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    Does luck exist and is there such a thing as a risky personality? Cambridge scientists David Spiegelhalter and Mike Aitken explain the secrets of risk.

    Watch BBC Lab UK's film about risk
  • Weekly Web Pick

    Weekly Web Pick

    Watch Dr Yan and this brand new butterfly as they, in their own colourful ways, help us to understand the science of metamorphosis.

    Watch Dr Yan's hungry caterpillar to beautiful butterfly film


Liz Bonnin
Dallas Campbell
Jem Stansfield
Series Producer
Paul King


The Open University

The Open University

If Bang stirs your interest in science then visit The Open University and discover more.

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