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Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

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    • 4.8, 1.3K Ratings

Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

    When the Monkeys met the Chimps

    When the Monkeys met the Chimps

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Dr Jane Goodall DBE, comedian Bill Bailey and primatologist Dr Cat Hobaiter to find out what we've learnt in the 60 years since Jane first discovered the chimpanzees of Gombe. From tool use, to language and even to culture, her revolutionary work has transformed our understanding of our great ape cousins, and ourselves. The panel chat about how far our understanding has come in that time, and talk about their own unique close-up experiences of chimpanzees, macaques and baboons, and Bill gets a masterclass in how to speak chimp from a true expert!

    Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 50 min
    The Sun

    The Sun

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by a dazzling panel of sun worshipers from actor, comedian and musician Tim Minchin,to solar scientist Dr Lucie Green and biologist Prof Steve Jones. They look at how the evolution of life was only possible given our position relative to the Sun and its possibly unique behaviour, and how rare that situation might be across the rest of the universe. They also look at how the Sun makes you feel and its vital importance to all creatures, especially snails.

    Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 40 min
    An Astronaut's Guide To Isolation

    An Astronaut's Guide To Isolation

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by a stellar panel of space travellers as they get tips on surviving isolation from a group with a truly unique insight. They are joined by astronauts Helen Sharman, Chris Hadfield, Nicole Stott and Apollo 9's Rusty Schweickart to talk Space X, the future of space travel and how a trip to Mars will be the ultimate test of our ability to survive isolation.

    • 45 min
    Space Archaeology

    Space Archaeology

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian and writer Sara Pascoe, biological anthropologist Alice Roberts and space archaeologist Sarah Parcak. They consider how archaeology today looks far more Star Wars than Indiana Jones, as an archaeologist's list of kit can now include satellites and lasers. They discover how searching for clues from space has led to the discovery of several ancient lost Egyptian cities and how the study of ancient DNA and artefacts reveals our similarities, not differences, with our ancient forebears.

    Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 56 min
    Black Holes

    Black Holes

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince look at the weird and wacky world of black holes as they ask a question that has been troubling scientists for years: What happens if you push Matt Lucas into a black hole? They are joined by the very game Matt Lucas, alongside cosmologist Sean Carroll and astrophysicist Janna Levin to discover just how strange things might get for our intrepid volunteer, as he ventures into the interior of a black hole. From holograms to spagettification. it turns out science fact is far more bizarre than anything that science fiction could possibly imagine.

    Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 34 min
    UFO special

    UFO special

    UFO SPECIAL

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince host a close encounter of the 1st kind with comedian Lucy Beaumont, astronomer Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Director of Jodrell Bank Professor Tim O’Brien, and science presenter Dallas Campbell to ask if UFOs and aliens have visited Earth? They explore why Lucy's home city of Hull appears to have had more than its fair share of alien visitations, as well as learning about the genuine scientific effort to look for intelligent life elsewhere in our universe.
    This episode is also available to watch, so you can see our truly out of this world panel in full technicolour glory. Just look for The Infinite Monkey Cage UFO TV Special on BBC iplayer.

    Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

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