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Genius of Britain: The Scientists Who Changed the World: Season 1: Episode 5 -- Recent advances probing the secrets of DNA, human nature, and nanotechnology are explored, and Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins have a thought-provoking exchange about the future that faces us all.


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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 7)
Jim Al-Khalili ... Himself - Presenter (5 episodes, 2010)
Richard Dawkins ... Himself - Presenter (5 episodes, 2010)
James Dyson ... Himself - Presenter (5 episodes, 2010)

Stephen Hawking ... Himself - Presenter (5 episodes, 2010)
Kathy Sykes ... Herself - Presenter / ... (4 episodes, 2010)

David Attenborough ... Himself - Guest Presenter / ... (3 episodes, 2010)

Series Directed by
Jonathan Rudd (5 episodes, 2010)
Christopher Sykes (2 episodes, 2010)
Series Produced by
Rachel Bell .... executive producer (5 episodes, 2010)
Emma Whitlock .... series editor (5 episodes, 2010)
Helen Lambourne .... assistant producer (3 episodes, 2010)
Russell Barnes .... development producer (2 episodes, 2010)
Christopher Sykes .... producer (2 episodes, 2010)
Nicola Wilding .... assistant producer (2 episodes, 2010)
Series Original Music by
Dru Masters (5 episodes, 2010)
Series Cinematography by
Andy Jackson (5 episodes, 2010)
Matt Smith (5 episodes, 2010)
Lawrence Gardner (2 episodes, 2010)
Series Film Editing by
Rupert Troskie (4 episodes, 2010)
Series Production Design by
Kit Line (5 episodes, 2010)
Series Production Management
Lynda McCaig .... production manager (5 episodes, 2010)
Heather Milward .... production manager (5 episodes, 2010)
Series Art Department
Mick Connaire .... graphic designer (5 episodes, 2010)
Series Sound Department
Neil Harrison .... sound recordist (5 episodes, 2010)
Mark Owen .... dubbing mixer (5 episodes, 2010)
Chris Syner .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 2010)
Series Editorial Department
Nick Adams .... colorist (5 episodes, 2010)
Ben Heather .... on-line editor (4 episodes, 2010)
Series Other crew
Hasok Chang .... series consultant (5 episodes, 2010)
Michelle Gauntlett .... production coordinator (5 episodes, 2010)
Natalie Heustice .... production coordinator (5 episodes, 2010)
Tim Jordan .... archive researcher (5 episodes, 2010)
Nicky Murphy .... production executive (5 episodes, 2010)
Ollie Larkin .... archive source (4 episodes, 2010)
Alan Chan .... archive source (3 episodes, 2010)
Chloe Seddon .... archive researcher (2 episodes, 2010)
Series Thanks
Jenifer Glynn .... thanks (1 episode, 2010)

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Propaganda for science aimed at a British audience, 14 September 2010
Author: smoore-39 from Hungary

The first person to review this series has already presented a good summary and addressed many of the points I would have raised myself. So I'll be brief. I believe that the focus on British scientists was due to one of the aims of the series being to popularize science (and engineering) in Britain. The title itself - Genius of Britain - clearly shows this. As a Briton, I found myself feeling proud of my country - if I were a teenager deciding on which A-levels of degree to take, then watching this series just might influence my decision in favour of science and engineering subjects. However, I'm an adult with two science degrees and a deep interest in history - for me, the series was entertaining but intellectually unsatisfying. But it is, after all, television. If you have more than a passing interest in any of these scientists or about the history of modern science then read a book or two. Given the limitations of the video format, I think Genius of Britain was a moderate success. If it had gone into more depth then it would have struggled to present visual content other than the talking heads of the scientists and inventor who present the programme. If it had discussed the scientists concerned in a more global context then it would generate less pride in British science.

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