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    I will have to see if someone has put this series on youtube. Why do the Brits get all the good TV? I have watched a bunch of british documentaries, mostly BBC and they have all been well done.
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    Yes. Great series. I learned more about Saturn's rings in one hour than I did in my complete school years!

    More please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EarlGrey View Post
    I will have to see if someone has put this series on youtube. Why do the Brits get all the good TV? I have watched a bunch of british documentaries, mostly BBC and they have all been well done.
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    You would think we Canadians would be entitled to it, eh?
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    I've been watching it as well, I love the way he links lots of things to nature, definitely the best thing on TV at the moment!!!

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    Really enjoying this - especially Cox's most recent foray onto 'methanological' Titan. But it reminded me when, only a few years ago, the Huygens probe landed on Titan and revealed the surface in all its liquid methane splendour. I couldn't believe how insignificant this played out in the media.

    Having said all that, I'm pretty proud of Cox and his delivery of a perceivably difficult subject to the layman. He doesn't quite reach Carl Sagan's broadcasting apogee, vis-à-vis Cosmos, in this series, but he comes close and without dumbing down.

    Can't wait until he becomes a more permanent fixture on our screens.

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    I finally caught an episode last night (it's rare I watch tv these days), it was good. I'm in two minds about Brian Cox though - he's likeable and gets his point across really well, but always seems to be on the edge of bursting into laughter which I find a bit distracting.. it's like somebody off screen is dressed up as a chicken or something and he's desperately trying to stay serious

    One thing I didn't like was the camera work - in last night's episode they constantly seemed to film him walking around in front of the sun, which is kind of unpleasant viewing.

    I will have to see if someone has put this series on youtube. Why do the Brits get all the good TV? I have watched a bunch of british documentaries, mostly BBC and they have all been well done.
    I think it's just the way the TV network works here. Everyone pays a license fee each year in order to watch tv, and that money goes to the BBC. The BBC then run various channels, and make programs for them. They're required to make a certain amount of documentaries, a certain amount of educational stuff, etc. They have a decent budget, and because it's not purely commercial they focus on quality rather than profit. There's no product placement, no advert breaks, no agenda to push (well, on the whole at least).

    They can afford to spend time and money on programmes like this (and it must have been expensive to make - just look at the number of places he visited just to make some comparison, last night there were 2 desert locations, one in the middle east and one in africa if I remember right, an alaskan glacier, plus others). They'll probably get a lot of that money back by selling it to foreign commercial networks, but either way they can take the risk to produce something like this.

    There's also a bunch of commercial networks (satellite + cable) and various free commercial channels that get their money from advertising too btw.

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    I am loving this show and it has really reignited interest in space and in particular the solar system. I think Prof Cox comes across really well and it is obvious how passionate he is about the subject.

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    I loved this series, it's now available on Bluray so I've been watching it in HD. It's also available on DVD, not sure if you can buy it outside of the UK (it's $51 on Amazon but only £15.99 on play.com)

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    Quote Originally Posted by EarlGrey View Post
    I will have to see if someone has put this series on youtube. Why do the Brits get all the good TV? I have watched a bunch of british documentaries, mostly BBC and they have all been well done.
    Hopefully you can watch the series on this youtube channel;

    I'm new so I'm not allowed to post a clickable url so just copy and paste this;

    youtube.com/user/AnonH5N1#p/p/20E6BF318119D47E/0/8huBAFUCdqg

 

 
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