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BBC launches fact-finding science strand

BBC1's 'The Truth About...' strand will launch with two hour-long specials: The Truth About Calories, and the tentatively titled The Truth About Over-The-Counter Medicine.
August 18, 2014

UK pubcaster the BBC has created a new science strand, dedicated to uncovering the truth about everyday issues.

BBC1′s ‘The Truth About…’ strand will launch with two hour-long specials: The Truth About Calories, and the tentatively titled The Truth About Over-The-Counter Medicine.

In the former, Dr Chris van Tulleken will investigate Britain’s favorite foods in a specially designed pop-up kitchen lab in a major British city. He will be joined by scientists, chefs and members of the public “to discover the truth about calories – what they are, what’s really in the food we eat, and what our bodies do with them,” according to the BBC.

The latter title, meanwhile, promises to use “entertaining stunts and demos involving members of the public” to look at the science behind some of the UK’s most popular over-the-counter medicines, which promise to deal with our everyday medical complaints.

That program is also presented by van Tulleken. Calories is being produced by the pubcaster’s in-house Science Unit, at BBC Scotland, while Over-The-Counter Medicine is being made by Boundless.

Both titles were commissioned by Tom McDonald, acting head of science and natural history, and Aidan Laverty, commissioning editor for science and natural history.

In a statement, BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore said the new strand “makes science accessible to the nation” by focusing on “subjects that touch our everyday lives, interrogated through the latest journalistic revelations.”

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