Genius of Britain
Genius of Britain



First Aired

May 30, 2010


Genius of Britain


Network: Channel 4



Britain may only be a small island, but its great scientists and inventors have literally created the modern world: from the invention of the steam engine, computers and the world-wide web to the discovery of the theory of evolution and the atom. In this five-part series some of Britain's leading scientific figures - Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, James Dyson, David Attenborough, Robert Winston, Paul Nurse, Jim Al-Khalili, Kathy Sykes and Olivia Judson - tell the stories of the people behind these innovations.


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The First Five

Episode 1

The first programme begins 350 years ago when a small... Read more

A Room Full of Brilliant Minds

Episode 2

This episode looks at the scientific spark that ignited the... Read more

The Lights Come On

Episode 3

This episode looks at the scientific titans of the 19th... Read more

Out of the Darkness

Episode 4

This episode examines how war can bring with it innovation... Read more

Asking the Big Question

Episode 5

The final programme in the series looks at the incredible... Read more

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