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Greenlit: Dara O’Briain’s Science Club, BBC2

Dara O’Briain’s Science Club (6 x 60′) – Did you know that the bicycle has done more to improve the human immune system than any other invention in history? Is it a good idea for humans to try to reach out to extra-terrestrials? Are computers ruining music? Do smart drugs really make you brainier? Dara O Briain, hosts this new show, featuring reporters and expert guests, that asks these questions and many more.

Each week the team will take a single subject and examine it from lots of different and unexpected angles – from extinction to sex, Einstein to space exploration and brain chemistry to music – all underpinned by first-class science. Dara O Briain’s Science Club will plug viewers into the biggest ideas and fascinating facts. Combining in-depth studio discussion in front of a lively audience, with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, this new series brings some of the world’s foremost thinkers together to share their thoughts on everything, from how to avoid asteroid impact to whether or not we are still evolving.

Well known for his comedy, with a degree in mathematics and theoretical physics, Dara also brings his intelligence to a range of captivating subjects. He is joined by materials scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik, neuroscientist Tali Sharot, physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski and journalist Alok Jha, plus some of the most famous science ‘gods’ from around the world – all stirred together by Dara’s curiosity, wit and passion for science. There will also be special guest appearances from Marcus Brigstocke, James May, Jessica Hynes, Mark Steel, Josh Widdecombe and Ed Byrne.

Channel: BBC2 / BBC Knowledge

Producer: BBC Vision

TX: November 2012

Source: BBC press release

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