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This year marks the 80th anniversary since the BBC first broadcast the Christmas Lectures on TV. To celebrate, chemist Professor Saiful Islam explores a subject that the lectures' founder - Michael Faraday - addressed in the very first Christmas Lectures - energy.

In his first lecture, Saiful investigates how to generate energy without destroying the planet in the process. Saiful begins his lecture by being plunged into darkness. Armed initially with nothing but a single candle, his challenge is to go back to first principles and bring back the power in the energy-hungry lecture theatre. Along the way he explains what energy is, how we can transform it from one form to another, and how we harness it to power the modern world. A fascinating and stimulating celebration of the stuff that quite literally makes the universe tick - the weird and wonderful world of energy.

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1 hour

Last on

Tue 27 Dec 2016 03:00


Role Contributor
PresenterSaiful Islam
ParticipantRichard Dawkins
Production CompanyWindfall Films
Series ProducerTom Cook
Executive ProducerDavid Dugan
ProducerKarl Byrne
Executive ProducerGail Cardew

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