The Hidden Life Of the Cell (57:24)
There is a battle playing out inside your body right now. It started billions of years ago and it is still being fought in every one of us every minute of every day. It is the story of a viral infection - the battle for the cell. This film reveals the exquisite machinery of the human cell system from within the inner world of the cell itself - from the frenetic membrane surface that acts as a security system for everything passing in and out of the cell, the dynamic highways that transport cargo across the cell and the remarkable turbines that power the whole cellular world to the amazing nucleus housing DNA and the construction of thousands of different proteins all with unique tasks. The virus intends to commandeer this system to one selfish end: to make more viruses. And they will stop at nothing to achieve their goal. Exploring the very latest ideas about the evolution of life on earth and the bio-chemical processes at the heart of every one of us, and revealing a world smaller than it is possible to comprehend, in a story large enough to fill the biggest imaginations.
You may be familiar with molecular movies from my two previous megaposts collecting them, but this extended documentary uses original animation that is collected into a coherent educational narrative and is just so fucking gorgeous. Enjoy. [more inside]
has made a lot of practical special effects miniatures, including work on the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
, Crystal Maze
and many more projects. Perhaps the most interesting is his work on Red Dwarf
. [more inside]
Does BBC Worldwide's sale of Lonely Planet at an £80 million loss
(after writing down its value by £67 million
over 6 years), on top of Google's purchase of Frommer's
last year, herald the end of travel guidebooks
? [more inside]
In 1963, BBC production designer Raymond Cusick
was asked to design the first monster for a new show, Doctor Who. Terry Nation's script required aliens called "Daleks
" whose hobbies included world-domination and shouting "exterminate
". In response, Cusick came up with the amazing and even iconic Dalek design which spawned Dalek-Mania across the world. [more inside]
is a BBC nature documentary narrated by David Tennant that takes a breathtaking flight on the wings of birds across six continents and experiences some of the world's greatest natural spectacles from a bird's-eye view. There are some full episodes up on YouTube (including South America, Africa, and the Making Of)
, but in particular these two clips caught my eye: Feral Cat Hunting
and Peregrine Falcon Hunting
BBC DJs Mark and Lard show of some of their treasured vinyl recordings which are "particularly hard to find these days in this kind of condition": Mull of *Kintyre
, Messing about on the River
, Rocking around the Christmas Tree
, Bright Eyes
). NSFW - although somehow they got away with broadcasting it in the middle of the afternoon.
The Radio 4 on the BBC is presenting a month of readings
from George Orwell's books. Some of them will only be available for one week from the date of broadcast, so be quick. [more inside]
Quantum Biology -
Disappearing in one place and reappearing in another. Being in two places at once. Communicating information seemingly faster than the speed of light.
This kind of weird behaviour is commonplace in dark, still laboratories studying the branch of physics called quantum mechanics, but what might it have to do with fresh flowers, migrating birds, and the smell of rotten eggs?
More: Quantum smell' idea gains ground
In the English-speaking world
, punning is viewed as more of a tic than a trick, a pathological condition whose sufferers are classed as "compulsive", "inveterate" and "unable to help themselves".
The BBC on Punning.
The Value of Culture
is a five part BBC radio series by Melvyn Bragg (which can be downloaded as a podcast
) which explores the modern concept of 'culture' from its roots in mid-19th Century Britain, specifically Matthew Arnold's Culture and Anarchy
and Edward Burnett Tylor's Primitive Culture
), and exploring the discourse and uses of the concept until the present day. There are five episodes, each a little over forty minutes long, focusing in turn on Arnold and the roots of the concept of culture
, Tylor and the anthropological conception of culture
, C. P. Snow and the 'Two Cultures' debate
, mass culture and culture studies
, and then ending with a debate on the value of culture today
The 1992 BBC investigative documentary series The Look, aiming to examine the 'serious side of fashion', is available to watch online. The episodes cover the power of licensing luxury names
, who benefits from catwalk shows
, how the industry commodifies identity
, the story of Yves Saint Laurent
, the power of the press, and how fabric itself makes a difference
. [more inside]
"Cameraman Captures What It’s Like to Be Targeted as Food by a Polar Bear."
Does what it says on the tiny, flimsy, Plexiglas shelter with some promising gaps.
""The arts, low and high, are dominated by them. The BBC is a private-school old boys' and girls' association. They edit most newspapers, even the Leftish Daily Mirror and the Guardian", he wrote."
Buerk also criticised the BBC's coverage of the Jubilee : "saying it was "cringingly inept" and had left him ashamed."
Michael Buerk rants about the BBC, the media and the UK.
"Yet when I went before the Public Assistance Committee
[to plead for more benefit] they asked me if the baby was being breast-fed and when I said yes, they reduced the allowance for a child.' [Daily Mail - Although not their usual fare].
This year's festive Doctor Who Christmas episode
will feature a new companion
, a new
theme tune and title sequence and a new
look to the Tardis interior
! But look out for those scary Snowmen
! [more inside]
the BBC sound of the 1960s with 4 demos of Radiophonic equipment. [more inside]
, the historical sketch show on the BBC inspired by the books of the same name
, has been featured previously
on Metafilter. Not mentioned, however, were the real gems of the show, Historical Desktops [MLYT]
: [more inside]
A slang term for a prison sentence
" is one of the more unusual situation comedies in BBC's history. [more inside]
Back in March
I posted about the forgotten Nickelodeon show Turkey Television
. Recently a full episode of the show (later era) has shown up on YouTube: Part 1
- Part 2
- Part 3
If that's too much video tryptophan (even at its best, Turkey Television was amazingly uneven), here's a few clips
(WARNING: CONTAINS UNCLE HOGRAM
, also some of Uncle Floyd
's bizarre Day In The Life Of A Food) from YouTube user 2reelers
. [more inside]
A third of the UK's leading people went to Oxford or Cambridge universities
and four out of every 10 of them attended private schools, a report suggests. [BBC] [more inside]
Airing in 1979, The New Sound of Music
was a BBC documentary which depicted and demonstrated the history of recorded and manipulated music, from the earliest paper rolls to electronic synthesizers and the cutting and manipulation of tape. [more inside]
The Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Review YouTube channel
has a lot of videos of film reviews from the livestream of their BBC radio show and podcast
, going back about five years. They are sorted by genre, film rating, geographic origin
and one special category, Classic Kermodean Rants
, which includes his reviews of Transformers: Dark of the Moon
, Sex and the City 2
, in which he ends up sing-shouting The Internationale, and Angels and Demons
, which woke a man from a coma
(mp3, story starts at 5:10, and it is followed up here
, beginning at 5:30).
Stephen Fry in America
is a six part BBC television series of one hour shows in which Stephen Fry travels across the United States of America. He travels, mostly in a London cab, through all 50 U.S. states and offers his unique variety of insight as well as his infectious optimism and genuine love for many things American. New World
, Deep South
], Mountains and Plains
, True West
, and Pacific
. [more inside]
is a Dutch jazz singer. Her debut album
"Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor" went sextuple-platinum in The Netherlands, and has the longest run at #1 on the Dutch charts. BBC Music
reviews. [more inside]
Pick your celebrity president -
"We have gathered runners and riders from across the celebrity spectrum - from sports stars to celebrity chefs - for a more glittering election in 2012.
Answer the questions and find out who you would likely vote for in a showbiz showdown for the keys to the White House."
via BBC. [more inside]
Do you feel that it's been too long since you watched an interview in which the guest, told by the host that he is a criminal, replies, "You're a priggish, gullible, British fool"? Then, behold, Conrad Black's interview with BBC Newsnight
. [more inside]
Tired of cute kitty videos? Here's a cute baby elephant video
with a dramatic confrontation, a car chase, a saved-in-the-nick-of-time rescue and a happy ending (SL BBC).
In a recent exposé
, Sir Jimmy Savile OBE
– children's television presenter and tireless charity campaigner – was revealed to be what some had suspected
and many had known: a predatory sex offender
who abused hundreds of young girls. [more inside]
The BBC have released a narrated storyboard
of an unfilmed Doctor Who scene that would have been a postscript to 'Angels In Manhattan' (SLYT)
In the two years building up to the government’s NHS reform bill, the BBC appears to have categorically failed to uphold its remit of impartiality, parroting government spin as uncontested fact, whilst reporting only a narrow, shallow view of opposition to the bill. In addition, key news appears to have been censored. The following in-depth investigation provides a shocking testimony of the extent to which the BBC abandoned the NHS.
Armando Iannucci's Bafta lecture 2012
- In which the creator of The Thick Of It
argues that the BBC should be more aggressive
, fight back against critics in the press and goverment
, be more like HBO than committee-driven American network TV, and that if as James Murdoch says the only reliable, durable guarantor of independence is profit then the only guarantor of profit is independance.
Breaking: There Is No News
A supercut of awkward silences in news reports.
Next year, BBC Radio Two's series The People's Songs
, will tell the history of modern Britain in 50 songs. They have just announced
of them will be. [more inside]
The world's hardest radio quiz is back
from 1973 on the London Chapter of the Hell's Angels (SLYT 24:37)
Paul Mason of Newsnight writes in praise of bokeh
Doctor Who Online podcast interviews Ian Levine.
In parallel with his career as a DJ and record producer who worked with Bananarama and the Pet Shop Boys, Levine
was also a consultant on Doctor Who in the 80s and was instrumental in finding many missing episodes of the series
. His latest projects include private reconstructions of unproduced or incomplete stories like Douglas Adams's Shada
. The interview is three entertaining, if controversial hours [direct download link to episode one
and to episode two
Red Star in Orbit
is a three-part BBC documentary about the history of the Soviet space program, originally broadcast in 1990 as part of the ongoing series Horizon
. Based on a book by American space historian and NASA vetran James Oberg
, who features prominently in the program, Red Star in Orbit
was filmed and assembled while the slow collapse of the USSR was already underway
. The filmmakers were given an unprecedented amount of access to active Cosmonauts, veterans of the program and to Star City
itself. [more inside]
The benefits of fasting have been covered before
on Metafilter, but a new BBC documentary
(discussed by the presenter Dr Michael Mosley in the Telegraph here
) looking at the science behind fasting seems to show that the evidence supporting fasting’s general health benefits beyond weight loss are growing.
warms up for the BBC, mixing improvisation with a bit of the first Chopin étude. [more inside]