Chemist Andrea Sella celebrates how the element aluminium enhances our lives.
The element that links the formation of the universe with the functioning of our brains.
Brian Cox, Robin Ince and guests celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table.
Beyond war and peace, how iron has shaped human biology and culture.
Henry Goodman stars in a dramatisation of Levi's stories about life, matter and chemistry.
Why iodine is essential for our health.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss carbon, which forms the basis of all organic life.
Henry Goodman stars in a dramatisation of Levi's stories about our life, work and matter.
Why is all known life built on carbon?
Melvyn Bragg explores chemistry's ongoing mission to understand irreducible substances.
Tom Heap investigates whether we're running out of phosphorus, an element vital for life.
Fluorine has a deadly reputation as one of the most reactive of all the elements.
Chemist Andrea Sella celebrates how the element gold enhances our lives.
Akbar Kurtha stars in a dramatisation of Levi's stories about life, matter and war.
Chemist Andrea Sella celebrates how the element helium enhances our lives.
Jerry Brotton looks at Sir Walter Raleigh's quest for gold
Akbar Kurtha stars in trhis dramatisation of Levi's stories about life, love and matter.
Neil MacGregor focuses on 19th-century uses of iron, from jewellery to the Iron Cross.
Why using more Lithium might be the key to solving the climate crisis.
The most beautiful and shimmering of the elements, the weirdest, and yet the most reviled.
Henry Goodman stars in this dramatisation of Levi's stories about the elements of life.
Uta Frith assesses the impact of the use and abuse of lead on humanity.
Melvyn Bragg discusses the discovery of Oxygen by Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier.
Brian Cox and Robin Ince take a look at the life and death properties of oxygen.
Trevor Cox takes a deep breath and tells the story of oxygen on earth and in space.
How a discovery in boiled urine led to the trade union movement and chemical weapons.
The key component of rocks, sand and materials from glass and concrete to microelectronics
Chemist Andrea Sella celebrates how the element silver enhances our lives.
Sodium, the explosive alkali metal that is crucial for all life on Earth.
Chemist Andrea Sella ends his festive series with fireworks and the element strontium.