CHRISTMAS LECTURES – Life Fantastic
Life is the greatest show on earth from the lowliest worm to the mightiest mammal. Yet from the moment of conception, to the formation of limbs, to the development of brains there’s something that all living things depend on: cells. Cells grow, multiply, change, move, communicate and ultimately die.
They are the very essence of life, but how do they work together to form it? Gradually we are beginning to unravel their secrets. Life is fantastic and full of questions, but as we reveal the answers more questions emerge.
Presented by Dr Alison Woollard
The 2013 CHRISTMAS LECTURES presented by Dr Alison Woollard from the University of Oxford, will explore the frontiers of developmental biology and uncover the remarkable transformation of a single cell into a complex organism. You can also ASK Dr Alison Woollard a question on the site, if you are logged in.
What do these mechanisms tell us about the relationships between all creatures on Earth? And can we harness this knowledge to improve or even extend our own lives?
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The CHRISTMAS LECTURES are entertaining and informative science events for young people, broadcast on UK television every year.
About the CHRISTMAS LECTURES
Begun by Michael Faraday in 1825, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES are now broadcast on UK television every December and have formed part of the British Christmas tradition for generations. The theme of the lectures changes every year, and they are delivered by an expert in their field.
Filming Date: Saturday 14 December 2013
Broadcast Date: 8pm Saturday 28 December 2014, BBC4
Filming Date: Tuesday 17 December 2013
Broadcast Date: 8pm Sunday 29 December 2014, BBC4
Filming Date: Thursday 19 December 2013
Broadcast Date: 8pm Monday 30 December 2014, BBC4