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Series 1

Genius of Britain

  • (1) Making the Invisible Visible

    Britain's brainiest boffins - including Stephen Hawking and James Dyson - pay tribute to their own heroes, starting with 17th-century pioneers like Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley.

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  • (2) Men of Science

    A tribute to the brilliant minds who helped shape our great island. Here we pay homage to the visionaries who sparked the Industrial Revolution, such as James Watt and John Hunter.

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  • (3) The Lights Come On

    A celebration of the scientific titans of the 1800s. Richard Dawkins discusses the evolutionary thinking of Alfred Russel Wallace, while James Dyson honours Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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  • (4) Out of the Darkness

    Britain's top minds hail wartime innovators. Richard Dawkins reveals his admiration for code-breaker Alan Turing and Jim Al-Khalili lauds Robert Watson-Watt's development of radar.

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  • (5) The Secrets of Life

    Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins are just two of the great minds celebrating the incredible discoveries of the last 50 years, including DNA. And what does the future hold?

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