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Talking Shop: Liz Bonnin

A new science show, which will draw inevitable comparisons to Tomorrow's World, is due to start next month on BBC One.

Bang Goes The Theory will explore the science that affects our everyday lives, and the BBC hopes it will engage the whole family.

Dallas Campbell, Jem Stansfield and Dr Yan Wong will front the 10-part series along with former Top Of The Pops host Liz Bonnin, who explains why this role is her dream job.


Liz Bonnin
Liz Bonnin has a degree in bio-chemistry

For some, science was a boring subject at school, what would you say to that?

I think the fact that there are people who shy away from science is a shame.

Some people have more of a liking to it than others, but the thing about is we all under estimate how big a role science has to play in the world around us.

But I think that is our job on the show - to communicate that. I think there will be some things that you'll be surprised about, at how things work.

We will cover everything from the science of smell to why cows burp more than they fart.

Tell us a bit more about the show.

It's a new science magazine show that's going to go out at 1930 BST (1830GMT) on BBC One starting in July.

It's basically looking at the science that makes the world go round and how technology does the amazing things it does.

It's four presenters getting quite hands on with the subjects and hopefully making people more interested with the science around us.

Being a science show, it will inevitably be compared to Tomorrow's World, but how does it differ?

It's a more contemporary take on science, because science has changed since the days of Tomorrow's World.

The way we look at science and the way we want to learn about science is different as well, so I think it's a much more hands on approach.

The presenters are trying to push the boundaries. It's a very different style, but it's still a magazine science show that's bringing science to the families.

We want kids and their parents and their grandparents to watch this.

What sort of things will you be covering?

I am about to go in a rescue submarine in Norway, a state-of-the-art tiny submarine, to find out how it works and why it doesn't collapse under an incredible amount of pressure.

Jem is building incredible things like a water-powered jetpack that will get him flying into the air.

Dallas has been down deep into mines, to find out what dark matter is all about.

We've also brain scanned the boys in a functional brain-scanning MRI scanner to see what parts of their brains work better than others. It's really good, they get very competitive, it's very funny.

What makes you the perfect presenter for this show?

I have a degree in bio-chemistry and I have just completed a masters degree in wild animal biology and conservation.

It's good for this because I can mix up my background, but really we've all been thrown into the deep end looking at all aspects of science and how it works, so we're not sticking to our area of expertise.

It's my dream job. I'm now combining presenting, which is what I love, with my passion which happens to be science, so yes I have to pinch myself.

Liz Bonnin was talking to Fiona Pryor



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