Dara O Briain’s Science Club

8:00pm Sunday 30 December on BBC TWO

In this Christmas Special, Dara O Briain and his crack team take a weird and wonderful look at the science behind music.

Special guest James May explores how music is inextricably linked to our emotions, materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes apart an electric guitar and neuroscientist Tali Sharot reports on the ground breaking research which treats Parkinson’s Disease with rhythm. Plus science journalist Alok Jha asks whether computers are ruining music.

Combining lively and in-depth studio discussion, with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, Dara O Briain’s Science Club takes a single subject each week and examines it from lots of different and unexpected angles – from sex to extinction, Einstein to space exploration and brain chemistry to music. It brings some of the world’s foremost thinkers together to share their ideas on everything, from how to avoid asteroid impact to whether or not we are still evolving.

Ep 6/6

9:00pm Tuesday 4 December on BBC TWO

In the fifth episode of this new six-part science series, Dara O Briain and his crack team of experts take a weird and wonderful look at the brain.

Dara traces the brain’s journey from a useless organ once ditched by Egyptian embalmers to the centre of everything that makes us human. Science journalist Alok Jha asks whether smart drugs really make you brainier, oceanographer Helen Czerski explores cutting-edge therapies allowing the brain to control limbs remotely, and materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes apart a smartphone.

Combining lively and in-depth studio discussion, with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, Dara O Briain’s Science Club takes a single subject each week and examines it from lots of different and unexpected angles – from sex to extinction, Einstein to space exploration and brain chemistry to music. It brings some of the world’s foremost thinkers together to share their ideas on everything, from how to avoid asteroid impact to whether or not we are still evolving.

Ep 5/6

9:00pm Tuesday 27 November on BBC TWO

In the fourth episode of this new six-part science series, Dara O Briain and his crack team of experts take a peek into man’s final frontier – space.

Science journalist Alok Jha asks whether it is a good idea for humans to reach out to extra-terrestrials and oceanographer Helen Czerski comes face to face with extreme radiation, energy so deadly it could seriously curtail humans travelling further than the solar system. Plus special guest Josh Widdecombe visits NASA in Houston to find out the challenges we face to get humans to Mars, and materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes apart a space suit.

Combining lively and in-depth studio discussion, with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, Dara O Briain’s Science Club takes a single subject each week and examines it from lots of different and unexpected angles – from sex to extinction, Einstein to space exploration and brain chemistry to music. It brings some of the world’s foremost thinkers together to share their ideas on everything, from how to avoid asteroid impact to whether or not we are still evolving.

Ep 4/6

9:00pm Tuesday 20 November on BBC TWO

The third episode of this new six-part science series presented by Dara O Briain takes a weird and wonderful look at life, death and extinction.

Oceanographer Helen Czerski reports on bringing extinct species back from the dead; special guest comedian Mark Steel learns about how to deflect an incoming asteroid; and neuroscientist Tali Sharot attends the first ever taste-test of beef grown solely in the lab.

Plus, materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes apart a shotgun and science journalist Alok Jha asks whether pandas should be allowed to die, as he examines if there are other species it would make more sense to invest effort in saving.

Combining lively and in-depth studio discussion, with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, Dara O Briain’s Science Club takes a single subject each week and examines it from lots of different and unexpected angles – from sex to extinction, Einstein to space exploration and brain chemistry to music. It brings some of the world’s foremost thinkers together to share their ideas on everything, from whether computers are ruining music to whether or not we are still evolving.

Ep 3/6

9:00pm Tuesday 13 November on BBC TWO

In the second episode of this new six-part science series, Dara O Briain and his crack team of experts take us on a mind-altering journey around theoretical physics, with a look at the father of modern physics himself, Albert Einstein.

Dara finds out if you can measure the speed of light using cheese on toast, and physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski hunts down Einstein’s elusive gravitational waves, which have been mystifying scientists for years.

Plus, resident materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes a fridge apart, special guest Marcus Brigstocke attempts to get to grips with dark energy, and some of the biggest brains in science are brought to bear on the eternal problem of tangled earphone wires!

Combining lively and in-depth studio discussion, with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, Dara O Briain’s Science Club takes a single subject each week and examines it from lots of different and unexpected angles – from sex to extinction, Einstein to space exploration and brain chemistry to music. It brings some of the world’s foremost thinkers together to share their ideas on everything, from how to avoid asteroid impact to whether or not we are still evolving.

Ep 2/6

9:00pm Tuesday 6 November on BBC TWO

This first episode in a new six-part science series presented by Dara O Briain takes a look at the weird and wonderful world of reproduction and inheritance.

Dara chats to leading biologist Professor Steve Jones and finds out how the bicycle did more to improve the human immune system than any other invention, comedian Ed Byrne discovers just how closely related he is to a Neandethal and materials scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik creates a DNA cocktail with the help of some strong Polish vodka.

Dara is also joined by Neuroscientist Tali Sharot, who explores the cutting edge science of epigenetics and reveals how exercise can change your gene expression, science journalist Alok Jha asks if the human genome project was oversold and the studio audience are put to the test in the elusive search for attraction.

Combining lively and in-depth studio discussion, with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, Dara O Briain’s Science Club takes a single subject each week and examines it from lots of different and unexpected angles – from sex to extinction, Einstein to space exploration and brain chemistry to music. It brings some of the world’s foremost thinkers together to share their ideas on everything, from how to avoid asteroid impact to whether or not we are still evolving.

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