It’s finally here! The radio series I wrote with my sister, Dr Kat Arney, about whether the Victorians were really that ingenious, is out on BBC Radio 4 all this week. Collect all five episodes, from Squirrels and Cars to Beards, Darwinism and Water Flushing Toilets.
We (that is Matt, Steve and me as Festival of the Spoken Nerd) are recording our first comedy series for BBC Radio 4 next month: “Domestic Science”.
Cue excitement! And sound effects!
The recordings are 10th and 20th May, with an afternoon read-through for a very select audience on Friday 6th May at 3pm. If you can join us at any of those we would love to see some friendly faces there. Tickets for the 6th are available now, but you need to follow our twitter feed and Facebook events to get tickets for the actual 10th May and 20th May recordings.
The shows will be broadcast some time in July on BBC Radio 4, and downloadable from the BBC Radio Player for 28 days afterwards. I’m told you can listen to the Radio Player from anywhere in the world, so no excuse not to tune in once they’ve been broadcast in the UK!
If you’d rather see me doing something live, I’ve got a heap of festival appearances coming up: Udderbelly Festival on the South Bank, Imperial Festival, Devizes Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, Oxfordshire Science Festival, Nine Worlds Convention, Solarsphere Music & Astronomy Festival and the new Blue Dot Festival at Jodrell Bank Observatory. All tickets and info here.
EUREKA! THE BIG BANG QUERY – if you’re in Ireland (or can somehow magically get RTE channels wherever you are) you can see me on two episodes of Eire’s best new / only new science-themed panel show. You can see me doing a very special version of The Elements on MONDAY 24th APRIL around 10.30pm, with Neil Delamere in the hotseat, and comedians PJ Gallagher and Susan Calman. If you’re not in the right part of the world, you can still see Neil making a ninny of himself in a wind tunnel here – for science, of course…
THE IT CROWD MANUAL – and for everyone who loved The IT Crowd as much as Roy loved an obscure nerdy t-shirt, I’m briefly in this tribute to the programme. It aired a few years ago, but now you can watch it (and all the episodes too) on the Channel4 websiteANY TIME YOU LIKE.
In case you missed it (you would only have had to blink a few times) here’s my *new* *updated* version of Tom Lehrer’s “Elements” as seen on Channel 4 News last night. I’m still waiting for the IUPAC to actually name elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 before I can truly finish the song, but let’s call this New Version 1.0 for now.
In other news, I helped the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture smash a glass on TV (yet again) but have no fear if you missed it, you can see the lectures here with the glass-smash around 42 minutes, or watch my live stage version from “Full Frontal Nerdity” where I sing my little heart out here.
Also there’s an epic sale on at the Festival of the Spoken Nerd shop right now… everything is in multiples of pi pounds, from t-shirts to totes and tea towels, so you can pick up a bargain from just £3.14 if you are quick…
Finally, a childhood dream has been realised! I did a smashing bit of science live on Blue Peter last Thursday – click the image on the left to watch it happen.
For more updates on what I’m doing right now, take a look at my latest Newsletter here. There’s new videos from my piece about Dark Matter for BBC2 Coast, free songs to download, and a tonne of tour dates with our new “Just For Graphs” show all around the UK.
We’re about a quarter of the way through the tour now, and you’ll be gutted if you miss out on four types of fire, big spectacular musical numbers and an “electrifying” live experiment that involves the whole audience.
It’s that time of year again… my second investigation for Coast will be broadcast as part of the new series on BBC 2 this summer! I’m in the episode called “Caves and Coves” at 8pm on Thursday 13th August, although you don’t have to catch it live as it will be on iPlayer for a few weeks afterwards.
If you can’t wait that long, you can get your hands on our latest tour show Full Frontal Nerdity on DVD and download, from just £5 at the Festival of the Spoken Nerd shop. It has 100 minutes of live show, plus 5 hours of bonus nerdity including subtitles in English, Binary and Klingon, 85 minutes of specially filmed extras and four alternative soundtracks.
Buy it online now, or come get a signed copy in person on our “Just For Graphs” tour, starting at the Fringe in August and touring all across the UK from September to December. It’s going to be Off The Chart! Tickets available now.
Quick news update for fans of Festival of the Spoken Nerd… We’re recording our first DVD in January, of Full Frontal Nerdity, the show we took to the Fringe and toured around the UK earlier this year.
We’re ludicrously excited about the whole thing, but we also know it’s a ludicrously expensive project. We’ve opened a Kickstarter Project so that fans can pre-order the DVD and other exclusive perks. It also means that we can fund all the add bonus extras, subtitles, music licensing and more that we want to create.
The campaign closes on 4th December at 6pm GMT, so get in quick if you want your copy of the show before anyone else, and all those lovely perks.
From 5th December you can pre-order the DVD and luxury downloads from festivalofthespokennerd.com so don’t worry if you miss out on the Kickstarter, you can still get your hands on Full Frontal Nerdity after it’s closed.
And if you’d like to join us for the recording (and get your face committed onto film for all eternity) you can still get tickets for 16th and 17th January at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre. Nerd out!
The first episode “License to Thrill” kicks off 10 weeks of the silliest / insanest / most interesting science on the internet, dissected live on your tellybox by me, Matt Parker, Suze Kundu, Simon Pampena, Tom Wrigglesworth and many more.
Series 3 is going out first in the UK, Europe Africa & Middle East, then in Asia from mid-October, in Latin America from November, and finally in North America next year – under the title “Outrageous Acts of Science” – same programme, difference voiceover accent. Hope you can catch some of it!