Episode 3

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Duration: 1 hour

The third episode of this new six-part science series presented by Dara O Briain takes a weird and wonderful look at life, death and extinction.

Oceanographer Helen Czerski reports on bringing extinct species back from the dead, special guest comedian Mark Steel learns about how to deflect an incoming asteroid and neuroscientist Tali Sharot attends the first ever taste-test of beef grown solely in the lab.

Plus Alok Jha asks whether pandas should be allowed to die, as he examines if there are other species it would make more sense to invest effort saving.

Combining lively and in-depth studio discussion, with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, Dara O Briain's Science Club takes a single subject each week and examines it from lots of different and unexpected angles from sex to extinction, Einstein to space exploration and brain chemistry to music. It brings some of the world's foremost thinkers together to share their ideas on everything, from whether computers are ruining music to whether or not we are still evolving.

  • Replay web chat with Dr Jan

    Dr Jan Zalasiewicz

    As well as insights and photos from the production team, guest expert and paleobiologist Dr Jan Zalasiewicz was on hand to answer your questions about life, death and extinction.

    Replay the live web chat

  • Are some animals too 'ugly' to be saved?

    Long-beaked echidna

    People are used to being asked to help save photogenic pandas, but are there animals whose strange appearance hinders conservation?

    Read the full article at BBC News

  • Extinction: Guest experts

    Professor Richard Fortey and Lucy Cooke

    Professor Richard Fortey and Lucy Cooke joined Dara in Episode 3 to talk about life, death and extinction.


Series Editor
Nigel Paterson
Dara O Briain
Alok Jha
Helen Czerski
Tali Sharot
Mark Steel
Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen
Series Producer
Kaye Godleman
Production Manager
Roger Houston
Richard Fortey
Lucy Cooke


Why does a magnetised needle face north?


Mark demonstrates how to magnetise a needle in order to create your own working compass.

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