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on 22 May 2017
Incredibly interesting show. So much to know about the history of bristsh science.
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on 22 May 2017
Loved it and thought it was well presented.
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on 30 August 2013
Extremely interesting and watchable. Depth, eloquence, history, interest. You will watch it and want to know more. Probably most successful serving as an educational introduction to further reading, viewing, research.
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This Channel 4 series works really well on DVD because it's not plagued by the hideous advert breaks which utterly disrupt it on TV. Each 45 minute episode is hosted by one of the big names of modern science, with other popular presenters (Paul Nurse, Jim Al-Khalili, Kathy Sykes and Olivia Judson) developing the programme's theme.
The first episode looks at the life and works of the Royal Society, 350 years ago, when Halley, Wren and Newton gave us far more than 'just' a comet, St Pauls and falling apples. In later programmes, Richard Dawkins reveals the other chap (not Darwin!) who discovered evolution, but who receives very little of the credit. Dyson expounds upon one of my favourite heroes, IK Brunel, and later explores nanotechnology. And the DVD ends with Dawkins and Hawking discussing their core beliefs about life on other planets and the nature (or not!) of God.

As well as incorporating many of the basic principles of science, this series also contains many fascinating factoids which are just delicious to know. Like... The Monument near Bank is really a telescope. The Big Bang theory was originally rejected as being too weird to be true. And so on.
Unlike many of the BBC's current science series (which I've been watching and have largely enjoyed), this series is rather less of a travelogue. So the photography is a bit more restrained and the presenters tend to be pictured in London, at Cambridge and in Oxford and across the UK, where the scientists being featured did their work.
Genius Of Britain is like many 'magazine' programmes in that it aims to cram a lot into a short time and so is inevitably superficial in places. But the producers have done a very good job of avoiding the really popular themes of scientific history, and have explored many of the less well known characters and their discoveries.
My greatest gripe is that I didn't feel that the presenters were really given much scope to flex their own intellectual muscles. Much of the dislogue felt as if they were just reading from a script, without being able to give their own spin on things. For most of each episode, the main presenter could have been anyone reading an autocue which is somethign of a waste given the intellectual capabilities they had on tap. The series could have been much more interesting if each programme had run to an hour and if the presenters -- serious scientists in their own right -- had been given more leeway to get enthusiastic and offer a little more details.
8/10
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on 11 October 2012
Successful modern, media-savvy scientists front this series of programmes about the British scientists throughout history who have made discoveries that altered the course of human history.

The presentation is good and the resource would be a valuable educational tool, except for one thing ... there is no product information on or in the packaging that would make it easy to find the programme you want without opening and playing the actual DVD. I had to resort to printing out the programme descriptions given in the Amazon product information as it is not repeated inside the case. In fact, if you didn't know which scientists were being covered in this DVD, you wouldn't find out by reading the case sleeve or DVDs and there is no product leaflet - a peculiar oversight!
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on 18 April 2013
Very interesting and great for secondary school science. Its a great introduction to the different scientists and their discoveries. Hit with high achieving students.
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on 2 October 2010
The Genius of Britain is fantastic...the history of science made exciting, gripping, dramatic, engrossing. A visual stunner, it is also erudite and presented by knowledgeable people, such as David Attenborough.

A wonderful documentary.
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on 22 January 2015
Very well presented and very informative. Should be in any school and university library. My students love it. Unfortunately there is no accompanying information, not even a leaflet that tells you the contents..
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on 4 September 2014
it was a very story of famous people
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on 2 February 2016
Fascinating and interesting. Makes you proud to be British. This documentary tells you real and whole story of how these discoveries came to be.
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