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BBC4 lines up annual “Christmas Lectures”

BBC4 has tapped London-based Windfall Films to produce the 2013 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for the 12th time, this year hosted by Dr. Alison Woollard (pictured).
November 26, 2013

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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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