BBC4 has tapped London-based Windfall Films to produce the 2013 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for the 12th time.
This year, the 3 x 60-minute lecture series, called “Life Fantastic,” will see presenter Dr. Alison Woollard (pictured above), a developmental biologist from the University of Oxford, discussing the frontiers of developmental biology.
As part of the lecture, Woollard will address the link to ancient fish ancestors, look at how people age, and examine ethical topics such as manipulation of our genes.
The series is filmed in front of a live audience. The Christmas Lectures has been an annual event featuring distinguished scientists, including Sir David Attenborough and Carl Sagan, since 1825.
The Christmas Lectures series is developed and executive produced by Windfall’s chairman and executive producer David Dugan, produced by Johanna Woolford Gibbon and directed by David Coleman.
“We’re proud of our long association with the Royal Institution and look forward to inspiring audiences to look at life differently through the eyes of an exceptional science communicator, Alison Woollard,” said Dugan in a statement.
“As ever, we’re delighted to have the Christmas Lectures on the BBC, and this year’s subject – exploring the very mysteries of life – will I’m sure be a brilliant treat for our audiences both young and old,” added Janice Hadlow, BBC2 and BBC4 controller.