TV guide: Science shows for your inner nerd

2010-10-29 11:21

Farrah Francis picks three ­science shows to satisfy your inner nerd.

1
Science of the Movies
Discovery Channel
Wednesdays, 8pm

Ever wondered how the enormous Titanic ship was re-created in the James Cameron epic? Or how those weird blue Avatar creatures came to life?

Self proclaimed movie buff, Nar Williams, takes ­viewers on a-behind-the-scenes tour of the ­techniques used and uncovers “how’d they do that”.

Williams visits the Jim Henson Company and gets an insider’s look at their award-winning work in family entertainment and delves into how actor Wentworth Miller managed to get an entire blue print tattooed on his body for the Prison Break series. From creepy monsters to special effects, no stone is left unturned in this in-depth series.
2
Through the Wormhole
Discovery Channel
Wednesdays, 9.50pm

Morgan Freeman, the Academy Award winning actor, takes viewers into his realm as he explores questions that have always plagued him (and us too). The space enthusiast ­executively produces and narrates this new series which explores some of the greatest mysteries of the universe. From the latest work at NASA and private enterprise facilities to the new ­theories from academics and researchers, this series looks at black holes, colonising the planets, and more. Join Freeman on this journey as he explores the new frontiers and seeks answers to the big ­questions: ‘Are we alone?’, ‘Where did we come from?’, ‘Is there life on other planets?’

3
Space Pioneer
Discovery Channel
Premières Wednesday 8.55pm

In this fascinating series, physicist and host, Dr Basil Singer, eagerly plays the role of human guinea pig in his quest to find answers. The doctor, who has ­dedicated his life to science, investigates whether ­humans could ever live on another planet. He tests if Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn’s moon Titan, and ­Jupiter’s moons Callisto and Gliese 581c could become home to humans in the future. In the name of ­science, Dr Singer subjects himself to extreme ­temperatures, tests new survival technologies ­designed to keep humans alive in harsh environments, suffers the rigours of travel in zero gravity, and?explores?ideas?for?new?human?habitats?in?the?sky.

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