Over the past year, as the pandemic forced TV production to halt, we’ve had our fair share of lockdown programming: repackaged shows of things we’ve seen before, with newly filmed talking heads. .
Brian Cox’s adventures in space and time is a version of it – four programs where Cox relaxes in a screening room at the Royal Institution to reflect on his documentaries in a 2021 perspective.
As always, it poses the biggest of the big questions with the first program which asks itself “Space: how far can we go?” As we rushed through Cox’s cannon, taking pictures of Wonders of the solar system (2010), The wonders of life (2013), Human universe (2014), Forces of nature (2016) and The planets (2019), it was utterly charming to watch a beaming Cox, watching his young self (with varying haircut lengths) be amazed and in awe of what he found.
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But it was more than a bigger success, as the country’s most enthusiastic TV presenters have surely brought us up to date with the evolution of science since filming, with the second episode, “Aliens,” bringing us to the NASA’s last rover on Mars, Perseverance, landed in February 2021.
It helped that the shows he was drawing on were incredibly amazing TV tracks. Beautifully shot, visually stunning and endlessly appealing even when the subjects should blow our minds, this was a cinema that used all the resources of the planet we live on to try and explain what lies beyond that. .
Cox’s ability to make you want to strike the air and yell “Science!” was not detracted from the fact that we had already seen some of it. Yes, we were looking back on a back catalog. But what a back catalog.
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