What’s on (23 Feb – 1 March 2013)

22nd February 2013

This week's guide to science on the telly and radio…

Sun 24 February

Wonders of Life
BBC Two, 9.00-10.00pm

The Earth is the only place in the Universe that we can call home, but what makes this gigantic rock such a perfect place for life? In this last episode in the series, Prof Brian Cox travels to Mexico to explore how life has bloomed on our planet.

Image credit: BBC/Kevin White


Tues 26 February

The Life Scientific
BBC Radio 4, 9.00-9.30am

Jim Al-Khalili talks to Dame Sue Ion, former technical director of British Nuclear Fuels, about her lifetime spent in the nuclear industry. She explains how people’s perceptions of nuclear power changed after the Chernobyl disaster, and discusses the role that nuclear power stations can play in providing the UK with precious energy.   

The Listeners
BBC Radio 4, 11.00-11.30am

This two-part series concludes its look at people who listen for a living, including biologist Katy Payne, who studies the low frequency rumbles made by elephants, and astrophysicist Tim O’Brien, who tunes into the sounds of space.

Costing the Earth
BBC Radio 4, 3.30-4.00pm

Tom Heap visits Kenya’s Rift Valley to explore whether geothermal energy could bring electricity to even the remotest regions of Africa.

My New Hand
BBC One, 10.35-11.35pm

Last December, 51-year-old Mark Cahill, a former pub landlord from West Yorkshire, became the recipient of Britain’s first artificial hand. This documentary follows Mark’s story from his initial application to his gruelling eight-hour operation.

Image credit: BBC/True North

Thurs 28 February

Material World
BBC Radio 4, 4.30-5.00pm

Quentin Cooper explores the latest scientific developments and topical issues.

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Fri 1 March

An Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
BBC Radio 4, 11.00-11.30am

The writer Tom Dyckhoff looks back at the life of Richard Buckminster Fuller, an eccentric polymath who is probably best known today for his invention of the geodesic dome. As this programme shows, though, he was also a poet, a philosopher and a futurist with ideas that were way ahead of his time.

Wild Arabia
BBC Two, 9.00-10.00pm

This second episode whisks us off to the Dhofar mountains – a magical wonderland tucked away in a remote corner of southern Arabia that’s filled with waterfalls, chameleons and honey badgers.

Image credit: BBC/David Willis