Horizon is perhaps the best known long-running series about popular science technology, philosophy and more. The programme was first broadcasted on 2 May 1964. The aim of the series is to spread passion for science, educate viewers and present a platform from which leading scientists and philosophers could pass on their knowledge of the universe to the wide audience.
Throughout the year Horizon frequently changed style and format. In the beginning it mostly presented intervies with leading scientists and others experts. Later in the 1990s, Horizon developed a unique narrative form, which would present scientific problems relating themm to the everyday lives of the viewers. Episodes usually started with a tease which would catch the attention of the viewers, then leading to plot twists and eventually a conclusion. This kind of format became an inspiration to most of the modern science shows and documentaries.
The great thing about Horizon is that almost 50 years later it’s still an ever-developing and unique show. Despite some critique that the show recently started focusing on human stories rather than science, it’s still one of the leading documentary shows out there.
The newest episodes are concerned with modern problems of physics and other branches of science. Here’s a list of newest episodes (the links can be found below):
Adam Rutherford meets a new creature created by American scientists – the spider-goat.
Fukushima: Is Nuclear Power Safe?
Professor Jim Al-Khalili visits Japan to discover whether nuclear power is safe.
Are You Good or Evil?
Featuring scientists studying psychopathic killers and searching for the ‘moral molecule’.
Scientists are uncovering a bizarre and alien world that lies 4,000 miles beneath our feet
The Nine Months That Made You
Horizon reveals how the time in the womb could affect your health and personality.
How a new generation of super-telescopes are helping astronomers explore the universe.
Do You See What I See?
Horizon reveals the science behind our perception of colour, a highly subjective illusion.
Japan Earthquake: A Horizon Special with Iain Stewart
A look at the geological forces that unleashed the devastating Japanese earthquake.
Note that the list of the newest episodes for obvious reasons might be out of date.You can find an episode guide, clips and information about the series including the newest episodes on the BBC website.
Category: Physics & Science Documentaries