Dr George McGavin and a team of young science detectives investigate rot and decay.
Watch a fruit bowl decay - and a chicken, a pig on a spit, burgers and a rat. Delightful!
What is After Life?
After Life is a unique combination of television programme and public exhibit. It explores the hidden world of one of nature’s fundamental processes – decay.
We held an exhibition over the summer at Edinburgh Zoo where a fully equipped kitchen and garden together with all the detritus from a typical family barbeque was sealed in a glass box. We followed the events as maggots, moulds, bacteria, flies and mushrooms transformed the contents beyond all recognition.
Look out for the documentary coming to BBC4 soon.
With stunning specialist photography we’ll reveal the exotic beauty of decay and uncover the science of a vital process without which life would not be possible.
Immerse yourself in the Rot Box
Take a tour of the box. See it before and after it was left to rot.BBC Scotland: Panorama Of The After Life Rot Box
This 360 panorama lets you zoom in and see the detail of all the items we left to decay.
What can you spot?
BBC Learning - Rot Box Live
See what happened when we invited an audience of school children to the box to experience the rot up close!Watch the stream of the webcast.
Behind the Scenes Secrets: How We Made 'After Life'
In this special podcast, Executive Producer Marcus Herbert, and Series Producer Fred Hepburn reveal the how the After Life documentary and exhibition were made.Podcast: How We Made 'After Life'
Find out about the challenges the team faced, hear more about the specialist photography, and uncover what makes a good scientific story.
- Series Producer
- Fred Hepburn
- George McGavin
- Executive Producer
- Marcus Herbert