Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

  BT 07:45 24 Dec 09
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If like me you have enjoyed these in the post Xmas period, you will have probably missed them this year.
Originally on BBC2 for many years they moved to Channel 4 a few years ago but still in their traditional slot.
This year they have been on this week on More4 at 7pm. I only came across them by accident last night just in time to set the recorder for last night and the rest of the week.

  morddwyd 08:10 24 Dec 09

I didn't realise they'd been moved as I've not watched for afew years.

Obviously got no place in the new dumbed down BBC.

  gengiscant 09:00 24 Dec 09

Turned on to watch as usual this year, lasted about 10-15 minutes, I have never been so bored.
The speaker Professor Sue Hartley has very little charisma, certainly has not got a clue on bring her subject alive. What happened to the slightly eccentric (mad) presenters that inn the past both educated and entertained?

Its a shame as there are so few decent science programs on the TV that haven't been dumbed down, look what they did to Horizon.
I can remember watching an edition many many years ago and not having a clue what the subject matter was.

  beeuuem 09:23 24 Dec 09

I also only 'tripped over' the programme by accident.
I do know quite a few people who did watch them with interest in past years but don't have digital TV.

  bri-an 11:30 24 Dec 09

High point for me was Prof Eric Laithwaite and his 'linear induction motor'.

Also, agree with fourm member, the encouragement of whooping and yelling is not a good development.

  Wilham 22:19 24 Dec 09

It seems to me Sue Hartley is addressing a younger audience than earlier years, so her approach should be judged on that, and not on an adult entertainment rating.

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