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Mad and Bad: 60 Years of Science on TV

Documentary which takes a fantastic voyage through the rich heritage of science TV in the UK, from the real science of The Sky at Night to the science fiction of Doctor Who.

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

Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Robert Webb
Producer Sean Grundy
Executive Producer Stuart Carter
Executive Producer Cassian Harrison
Participant Sir David Attenborough
Participant Robert Winston
Participant Colin Blakemore
Participant Tony Robinson
Participant Patrick Moore
Participant Johnny Ball

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