BBC Science Zone

BBC Science Zone

Suitable for all ages

The BBC Science Zone is an intimate venue with limited seating allocated on a strictly first-come-first-served basis. All sessions are free of charge, but priceless!


Friday 10th June


Cosmonauts: An Unofficial History of the Russian Space Programme

2.15-3.15pm, Friday 10th June

The first satellite, the first man and woman in orbit, the first spacewalk, and crucially the first to master the demands of living in space. This is the extraordinary story of how the Soviets managed to beat the Americans to almost every milestone in Space. Join BBC Producer Michael Lachmann as he reveals what it was like meet some of those early pioneers in space. Hear the cosmonauts startling stories, and marvel at their incredible and often terrifying tales. This is a fitting celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Mir Space Station.


The World's Largest Dinosaur With Ben Garrod

4-5pm, Friday 10th June

Join evolutionary biologist and bone expert Ben Garrod as he unearths the secrets behind the most epic dinosaur fossil ever found. Ben reveals how he and the team studied titanosaur, what it’s like to work alongside David Attenborough, and the twists and turns of excavating and reconstructing a dinosaur the length of four double decker buses.


How to Make Science Television

5.45-6.45pm, Friday 10th June

Ever wondered how the BBC makes cutting edge science documentaries? Get the insider’s view as veteran BBC Science presenter Dallas Campbell and Series Editor of Horizon Steve Crabtree reveal their secrets from behind the lens. Delve in to the vast BBC Science archive, discover how abstract science ideas are put to pictures and why it is so important that factual programmes stay at the forefront of prime TV viewing.


Trust Me, I’m a Doctor - How TV Can Improve Your Life

7.45-8.45pm, Friday 10th June

Close your eyes and stand on one leg… Join the Trust Me doctors, surgeon Gabriel Weston, emergency medicine doctor Saleyha Ahsan and the BBC Series Producer Alex Freeman as they discuss how Trust Me is instrumental in improving the nation’s health. Whether it’s a dose of olive oil a day to help your heart or how to save lives by learning how to spot signs of sepsis. This is a show that promises to inform and empower, and give you a glimpse into the secrets that medicine holds for us all in the future.


Saturday 11th June


Chef vs Science – LIVE!

11.30-12.30pm, Saturday 11th June

Join Material scientist Prof Mark Miodownik as he challenges renowned local chef Bob Parkinson to the ultimate cookery competition – live! Bob has flair, passion and experience, whilst Mark has an understanding of cooking at the molecular level and access to state-of-the-art technology. Ultimately, the questions they will have to answer is this: is cooking a science or an art?


Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry – LIVE!

1.15-2.15pm, Saturday 11th June

Science sleuths Dr Hannah Fry and Dr Adam Rutherford recreate their popular BBC Radio Four programme and try to answer some of your most curious science questions. Joining the hosts are anatomist Prof Alice Roberts, BBC radio presenter Claudia Hammond and astrophysicist Dr Andrew Pontzen. The panel will bend their brains and stretch their synapses in a bid to solve your curious cases.


The Sky at Night – The Hunt for Planet 9

3.15-4.15pm, Saturday 11th June

What is a planet? And why do we think Planet 9 is joining the ranks of our Solar System? Solar physicist Prof Lucie Green leads astronomer Prof Alan Fitzsimmons, BBC Sky at Night Producer Giles Harrison and public astronomer Marek Kukula in a discussion about the changing state of our solar system. They ponder the mysterious and as yet, hypothetical Planet 9, how it impacts on our view of the formation of the solar system and why Pluto isn’t Planet 9 any more.


The Dawn Chorus – Recording Nature's Symphony

4.45-5.45pm, Saturday 11th June

Immerse yourself in the world of our feathered friends and listen to the dawn chorus as you’ve never heard it before. Join BBC Series Producer Nigel Paterson and Radio 4 Tweet of the Day’s Brett Westwood as they reveal the challenges of recording birdsong, the joys of slow television and the complex science that surrounds the dawn chorus.


Horizon: Ice Station Antartica

6.15-7.15pm, Saturday 11th June

Travel to the end of the Earth with BBC Weatherman Peter Gibbs and BBC Producer Simon Winchcombe as they relive their extraordinary expedition to the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Research Station. Discover what it’s really like to captain an 1800 tonne icebreaker across the Southern Ocean, become a guinea pig in the name of cutting edge space research, and abseil into a chasm in the ice shelf that threatens to cast Halley adrift atop a massive iceberg. One not to be missed.


Science Heroes Top Trumps

Liz Bonnin, Dallas Campbell, Peter Gibbs, Helen Arney, Ben Garrod

8-9pm, Saturday 11th June

Top Trumps is back! BBC Science presenter Liz Bonnin hosts this lively session with Dallas Campbell, Peter Gibbs, Helen Arney and Ben Garrod. The panel battle one another to crown their unsung science hero champion. With strange and inspiring facts in equal measure, who wins, you decide.


Sunday 12th June


Horizon: Should We Close Our Zoos?

11.15-12.15pm, Sunday 12th June

Liz Bonnin revisits the contentious issues raised in her most recent programme in the BBC’s flagship science series Horizon. Liz is joined by a panel of experts who will unravel the very latest scientific research surrounding keeping large animals in captivity, and discuss whether zoos need to change to keep up with modern science or ultimately be consigned to history.


Marty Jopson – Zap, Crackle and Pop

1-2pm, Sunday 12th June

Join Marty Jopson, the One Show’s resident scientist as he takes a sparky journey through the story of electricity. Do you know the difference between current and voltage? With the aid of the audience, Marty will explain. From the Ancient Greeks, through Faraday’s genius, this show aims to put the awesome back into electricity. You may think we have electricity tamed, but are you sure? A show chock full of demonstrations: the astonishing floating orb, a light bulb made from a pencil lead and a plucked chicken. There will be at least one explosion.


How to Stay Young

2.45-3.45pm, Sunday 12th June

How old is your body? What is the secret to keeping your brain young? Join journalist Angela Rippon and series producer Andrew Thompson as they discuss their latest BBC series How to Stay Young. Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the series and discover what we should all be doing to slow down the aging process, and keep our brains and bodies younger and healthier for longer.


Stargazing Live – The Place for Humans in Space

4.15-5.15pm, Sunday 12th June

This year the Stargazing Live team tracked the extraordinary efforts of British space hero Major Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station. Join the Stargazing Live presenters and production team in a discussion about the future for man in space. Dallas Campbell brings his infamous space suit and looks forwards to what space suits of the future may look like, whilst the team considers what it takes to be an astronaut, and whether we can discover more about our universe here on Earth than we ever will ‘out there’.