With seven nights at Soho Theatre in March, a new series of our Radio show, more from An Evening Of Unnecessary Detail and a Great Lives documentary about my current favourite physicist, inventor (and Marie Curie’s penpal) Hertha Ayrton… 2018 is looking busy already, so here’s a little summary of what’s in store.
Our new Festival of the Spoken Nerd tour is on sale, with tickets racing out the door from Exeter to Durham, Norwich to Southampton, Lancaster to Cambridge. Plus one final night at the Duchess Theatre on London’s sparkling West End.
Don’t miss your chance to see our all-new show, featuring radioactive bananas, gravitational waves, inter-dimensional high-fives and a whole heap of Pi.
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.