TV, Radio & Cinema Highlights for January 21st & 22nd 2012

I’m a busy person and I’m very selective about the television I watch but I do like to try and sit down and relax for a few hours at the weekend.   I struggled this weekend to find something to watch

Saturday BBC4 20:00 Shock and Awe: The story of electricity
Professor Jim Al-Khalili presents the history of electricity.  It’s more interesting than the subject might suggest and a great historical story.  The world would be a very different place without wide scale power distribution into homes, offices and factories.

Sunday BBC2 18:00 The Last Explorers 
This is a new series where Neil Oliver looks at the feats of four Scottish adventurers.  I always like the excitement and delight that Neil Oliver brings to the delivery of what I sure would have seem dull history lessons when I was at school.  This week the series begins with David Livingstone and how he worked to bring an end to the salve trade in Africa.

Sunday BBC4 19:00 Pugin: God’s Own Architect
Augustus Northmore Welby Pugin is far from being a household name, yet he designed the iconic clock tower of Big Ben as well as much of the Palace of Westminster. The 19th century Gothic Revival that Pugin inspired, with its medieval influences and soaring church spires, established an image of Britain which still defines the nation. Presenter Richard Taylor charts Pugin’s extraordinary life story and discovers how his work continues to influence Britain today.

BBC iPlayer Horizon : Playing God
I had a busy week and missed this but it’s important viewing and will be making a point of watching it this weekend. Adam Rutherford meets a new creature created by American scientists – the spider-goat. It is part goat, part spider, and its milk can be used to create artificial spider’s web.

If I’ve missed anything you think is great I’d love to hear from you.




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