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The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures have been inspiring children and adults alike since 1825, with the express purpose of teaching science to young people

About the Show

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures have been inspiring children and adults alike since 1825, with the express purpose of teaching science to young people

Series 2 Summary

Meteorite-hunter and Martian-landing specialist Dr Monica Grady from the Natural History Museum sets out on an epic voyage in space and time

  • Episode 1 - Blast Off

    Blast Off explores our cosmic origins, how our star was born out of a cloud of gas and dust that itself had been recycled through many generations of star birth

  • Episode 2 - Live from Mars

    A lecture exploring the Red Planet, from what it looks like to whether it might harbour life, with the latest developments on the Beagle 2

  • Episode 3 - Planet Patrol

    An exploration of the planets in our Solar System, from what they are made from to how they came to be so different

  • Episode 4 - Collision Course

    A fascinating lecture charting what rocky traffic is lurking out in deep space, whether it might be a danger to us - and what could be done to avert Armageddon

  • Episode 5 - Anybody Out There?

    The final lecture explores where life survives in the most extreme places on Earth, to try and predict where else in the Solar System other life forms might exist.