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Colour: The Spectrum Of Science (BBC-4 4 Nov 2015 with Dr Helen Czerski)

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AIRDATE: Wednesday 4 November 2015 at 9.00pm on BBC Four (60 minutes)

Episode 1 (of 3)

The world is ablaze with colour. In the otherwise dowdy solar system, Earth stands out from the blackness of space as a multicoloured jewel. But how did a drab grey rock become filled with colour? How did colour help life colonise the planet, and what secrets can we learn from the colours that we can’t see?

In this 3×60 minute episode series for BBC Four, Dr Helen Czerski embarks on a fascinating journey to unlock the secrets of colour, revealing the 15 colours that tell the story of the Earth, life and scientific discovery.

In the first episode Dr Czerski seeks out the colours that transformed planet earth from a baron rock to a vivid jewel. To investigate the essence of sunlight Helen travels to California to visit the largest solar telescope in the world. She discovers how the most vivid blue is formed from sulfur atoms deep within the earth’s crust and why the presence of red ochre is a key sign of life.

In Gold she discovers why this most precious of metals shouldn’t even exist on the surface of the planet, and in White Helen travels to one of the hottest places on earth to explore the role that salt and water played in shaping our planet earth.

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)

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Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost

In Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost our intrepid hero pays a visit to the seaside when an accountant, Peter Harlow, calls him in over a cottage he has been left in a will. He has no idea why he has been left the cottage but since he has taken over ownership more than a few strange things have been happening.

Hazell stays at the cottage for a few days and manages to find no small amount of comfort when Harlow’s wife Stephanie turns up (Harlow himself is in New York). Although there is clearly something spooky going on it’s definitely man made and it doesn’t take Hazell too long to work it out.

The episode was a rare outing outside of London for the series, it was filmed in the East Anglian village of Walberswick and surrounds. Although all the interiors were filmed in studio of coure.

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I may be common but I’m not stupid

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 31 May 1979

Writer: Richard Harris / Production Design: Philip Blowers, Peter Elliot / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 7

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Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Michael Gaunt as Peter Harlow
John Woodnutt as Vicar
Desmond Llewellyn as Bell
Richard Simpson as Weaver
Meg Davies as Stephanie Harlow
Desmond McNamara as Tel
Peter Woodward as Gregory Summers
Joy Steward as Mrs Summers

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