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Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists’ eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.


Brits in Space
Oct 14 • 59 min
Brits in Space! Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by astronaut and author of “The Astronaut Selection Test Book”, Tim Peake, first British astronaut Helen Sharman and comedian Mark Steel for a Brits in Space Special. Tim and Helen talk about their…
Anniversary of the Periodic Table
Oct 7 • 37 min
The Periodic Table How well do you know your Fe from your Cu, and what the heck is Np?? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Katy Brand, Prof Polly Arnold and Prof Andrea Sella to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev’s great…
Science of Dreaming
Sep 30 • 44 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Bridget Christie, neuroscientist Professor Penny Lewis and psychologist Richard Wiseman to explore the science of dreaming. Our dreams have fascinated humans for millennia and then Freud came along and told…
Clever Creatures
Sep 23 • 41 min
Those Clever Creatures Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian and author Danny Wallace, ornithologist Professor Tim Birkhead and marine biologist Helen Scales to look at animal intelligence. We have all heard about clever chimps that can…
Dinosaurs
Sep 16 • 46 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince return for a new series of their multi-award winning science/comedy show. They kick off with arguably any child’s first interest in science - dinosaurs! They are joined by comedian Rufus Hound and palaeontologists Susannah…
Astronaut Special (Repeat)
Jul 25 • 29 min
In this episode from 2017, Brian Cox and Robin Ince transport the cage to the Starmus Festival in Trondheim, Norway, for an extraordinary gathering of astronauts. They are joined on stage by NASA astronauts Sandra Magnus and Terry Virts, ESA astronaut…
The Infinite Moonkey Cage
Jul 20 • 58 min
A special hour long episode of the hugely popular science/comedy show, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landings. Recorded at Cocoa Beach, Florida just down the road from Cape Canaveral, Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by some of…
Introducing The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry
Apr 18 • 5 min
Hannah Fry and Adam Rutherford present highlights from their podcast which investigates questions sent in by listeners using the power of science.
How We Measure the Universe
Feb 11 • 38 min
How to Measure the Universe Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Jo Brand, and physicists Prof Jo Dunkley and Dr Adam Masters to look at how we go about measuring our universe, from measuring the contents of atmospheres of planets and…
How to Build a Bionic Human
Feb 4 • 42 min
How to Build a Bionic Human. Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by “supervet” Noel Fitzpatrick, Dr Kevin Fong and comedian Lucy Beaumont to learn how to build a bionic human. They’ll be looking at the development of artificial limbs and organs…
Are humans still evolving?
Jan 28 • 47 min
Are humans still evolving? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian and author David Baddiel, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics Aoife McLysaght, and geneticist and broadcaster Adam Rutherford to ask whether human beings are still evolving? Has the…
Origin of Numbers
Jan 21 • 35 min
The origin of numbers and can fish count? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by mathematician Dr Hannah Fry, comedian Matt Parker and neuroscientist Prof Brian Butterworth to ask where numbers come from and can fish count? They’ll be looking at the…
The Future of Humanity
Jan 14 • 35 min
The Future of Humanity Brian Cox and Robin Ince take on the entire future of our civilisation, as they are joined by Astronomer Royal and former head of the Royal Society Lord Rees, Baroness Cathy Ashton and comedian, actor and director Chris Addison.…
Microbes: Secret Rulers of the World?
Jan 7 • 46 min
Microbes: Secret Rulers of the World? Brian Cox and Robin Ince return for a new series of the hugely popular, award-winning science/comedy show. This week they are joined by comedian Ed Byrne, oceanographer Dr Jon Copley and planetary scientist Prof…
GCHQ
Aug 13, 2018 • 38 min
The Code Breakers Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Katy Brand, as they transport the cage of infinite proportions to the home of modern day cryptography and codebreaking., GCHQ. They’ll be discovering how far we’ve come from the days of the…
Special Bonus Edition
Aug 9, 2018 • 17 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince reminisce about their favourite moments from 100 episodes of The Infinite Monkey Cage.
The Human Voice
Aug 6, 2018 • 38 min
The Human Voice Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian and beatboxer Beardyman, acoustic engineer Prof Trevor Cox and neuroscientist Prof Sophie Scott to explore the amazing capabilities of the human voice. They chat about chatting, vocalise…
Immune System
Jul 30, 2018 • 40 min
The Immune System Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Shappi Khorsandi, Prof Dan Davis and Prof Steve Jones to look at our amazingly complex and clever immune system. They look at how the human body fights disease, and why it has been so…
Invasion
Jul 23, 2018 • 41 min
Invasion! Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Phill Jupitus, bat expert and ecologist Professor Kate Jones and forensic botanist Dr Mark Spencer to look at the problems caused by alien invasions, although not of the little green men kind. They…
Big Data
Jul 16, 2018 • 44 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by Danny Wallace, mathematician Hannah Fry and science writer Timandra Harkness. They’ll be going big on Big Data, and asking just how big is it? They’ll be looking at where Big Data comes from, should we be…
The Infinite Monkey Cage 100
Jul 11, 2018 • 57 min
Monkey Cage 100! Brian Cox and Robin Ince celebrate the 100th episode of the hit science/comedy show, by inviting some very well known monkey cage alumni to join them. Brian Blessed, Eric Idle, Katy Brand, Dave Gorman and Andy Hamilton (to name a few)…
Volcanoes
Feb 12, 2018 • 42 min
Volcano! Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Jo Brand and Volcano experts Professor Tamsin Mather and Professor Clive Oppenheimer. They look at the very latest technology that is used to predict the next big volcanic eruption, as well as the…
How Animals Behave
Feb 5, 2018 • 43 min
How Animals Behave Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Rufus Hound, Zoologist and broadcaster Lucy Cooke and Professor Rory Wilson to discover how we learn about what animals are up to when we are not looking, and some of the hilarious…
Teenage Brain
Jan 29, 2018 • 43 min
The Teenage Brain Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by impressionist Rory Bremner, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Professor of Zoology at Manchester University Matthew Cobb to look at the working of the teenage…
Antibiotics
Jan 22, 2018 • 38 min
Antibiotics Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Chris Addison, Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, and Professor Martha Clokie to look at the history and future for antibiotics. Producer: Alexandra Feachem.
The Secret Life of Birds
Jan 15, 2018 • 46 min
The Secret Life of Birds Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by guests including Katy Brand, Steve Backshall and Professor Tim Birkhead to uncover the secret life of birds. They’ll be looking at some of the extraordinary and cunning behaviour exhibited by…
When Two Stars Collide
Jan 8, 2018 • 40 min
When Two Stars Collide Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Dara O’Briain, Professor Sheila Rowan of Glasgow University and Professor Nils Andersson of Southampton University to look at last summer’s spectacular discovery of…
Christmas Special: The Science of Magic
Dec 25, 2017 • 47 min
The Infinite Monkey Cage Christmas Special: The Science of Magic The Infinite Monkeys bring their own brand of yule friendly science and comedy to the BBC Radio 4 Christmas schedule, and this year add an extra sprinkling of festive magic. Brian Cox and…
Stay Tuned…
Dec 20, 2017 • 0 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince look forward to the coming series of The Infinite Monkey Cage.
The Mind v the Brain
Aug 7, 2017 • 50 min
The Mind V The Brain. It’s one of the hardest problems in neuroscience. How do the chemical processes and electric signals produced by our brains result in the complex and varied experiences and sense of self that we might describe as our mind? Brian Cox…
Are We Living in a Simulation?
Jul 31, 2017 • 38 min
Are we living in a simulation? Elon Musk thinks we definitely could be, and it seems he is not alone. The idea that we might simply be products of an advanced post-human civilisation, that are simply running a simulation of our universe and everything it…
Will insects inherit the earth?
Jul 24, 2017 • 43 min
Will Insects Inherit the Earth? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Dave Gorman, zoologist Tim Cockerill and forensic entomologist Amoret Whitaker. They’ll be discovering the joy of creepy crawlies, why the flea is the ultimate master…
Oxygen: A Matter of Life and Death
Jul 17, 2017 • 39 min
Oxygen: a matter of life and death. Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by chemist Andrea Sella, science broadcaster and writer Gabrielle Walker and comedian Sara Pascoe to look at the life and death properties of oxygen. It’s the molecule we…
Astronaut Special
Jul 10, 2017 • 44 min
Astronaut Special Brian Cox and Robin Ince transport the cage to Trondheim Norway, host of this year’s Starmus Festival, for an extraordinary gathering of astronauts. They are joined on stage by NASA astronauts Sandra Magnus and Terry Virts, ESA astronaut…
What Particles Remain to be Discovered?
Jul 3, 2017 • 45 min
“What Particles Remain to be Discovered?” Brian Cox and Robin Ince return for a new series of the hugely popular, multi-award winning science/comedy show. Over the series a variety of scientists and comedy science enthusiasts will take to the stage to…
Making the Invisible Visible
Feb 13, 2017 • 46 min
Making the Invisible, Visible Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Katy Brand, Cosmologist Prof Carlos Frenk, and biologist Prof Matthew Cobb to discover how to make the seemingly invisible, visible. They look at how the history and development…
The Human Story: How We Got Here and Why We Survived.
Feb 6, 2017 • 40 min
The Human Story: how we got here and why we survived. Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Ross Noble, Professor Danielle Schreve and Professor Chris Stringer as they look at the tricky job of piecing together the history of modern humans and…
Oceans: What Remains to Be Discovered?
Jan 30, 2017 • 44 min
Oceans: what remains to be discovered? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Andy Hamilton, Professor Jon Copley and marine biologist Helen Scales, as they look at the riches still remaining to be discovered deep within our oceans. The deep ocean remains…
Science’s Epic Fails
Jan 23, 2017 • 46 min
Science’s Epic Fails Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by actor and comedian Rufus Hound, Professor Alice Roberts and Dr Adam Rutherford to discuss some of the great scientific failures, and mistakes made by some very well known scientists.…
How to Beat the House and Win at Games
Jan 16, 2017 • 42 min
How to beat the house and win at games. Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by mathematicians Hannah Fry and Alex Bellos, psychologist Richard Wiseman and games enthusiast Helen Zaltzman, to get their top tips for winning games and solving…
The Science of Everyday Life
Jan 10, 2017 • 45 min
The Science of Everyday Life Robin Ince and Brian Cox return for a new series. They are joined on stage, at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, by comedian Russell Kane, physicist Helen Czerski and engineer Danielle George as they discuss the…
The Infinite Monkey Cage Christmas Special
Dec 27, 2016 • 41 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince return for a very special Christmas edition of the show. They are joined on stage by Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, actor and writer Mark Gatiss, cultural anthropologist Deborah Hyde and the Bishop of Leeds. They’ll be…
The Universe: What Remains to Be Discovered?
Aug 1, 2016 • 46 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince take to the stage at the Blue Dot Festival, at the home of Radio Astronomy, Jodrell Bank. They are joined on stage by Ben Miller, Charlotte Church, Dr Paul Abel and Professor Tim O’Brien to explore the big questions that are still…
200 Years of Frankenstein
Jul 25, 2016 • 51 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. They are joined on stage by Noel Fielding, evolutionary biologist Nick Lane and writer and expert in popular culture, Sir Christopher Frayling. They’ll be looking at the…
Battle of the Sexes
Jul 18, 2016 • 45 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by Professor Sophie Scott, Professor Steve Jones and comedian Sara Pascoe. They will be tackling the age old battle of the sexes, and asking whether men really are from Mars, and women really are from Venus?…
Science of Sleep
Jul 11, 2016 • 38 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by Professor Russell Foster, Professor Richard Wiseman and comedian Katy Brand as they attempt to get to grips with the science behind Robin’s insomnia. They’ll be asking why we sleep, is 8 hours really enough,…
The Recipe to Build a Universe
Jul 4, 2016 • 51 min
The Recipe to Build A Universe Brian Cox and Robin Ince ask what ingredients you need to build a universe? They are joined on stage by comedian and former Science Museum explainer, Rufus Hound, chemist Andrea Sella and solar scientist Lucie Green, as they…
The Sound of Music
Jun 27, 2016 • 42 min
The Sound of Music Brian Cox and Robin Ince take to the stage at Glastonbury Music Festival. They are joined by comedian Matt Kirshen, musicians KT Tunstall and Nitin Sawhney and scientists Lucy Cooke and Trevor Cox. No Julie Andrews for this special…
Brian and Robin’s Infinite Inbox
Feb 25, 2016 • 46 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince answer The Infinite Monkey Cage listeners’ questions.
Climate Change
Feb 15, 2016 • 49 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by guests Dara O Briain, Professor Tony Ryan and Dr Gabrielle Walker to discuss the ever-hot topic of climate change. They take a forensic look at the evidence that the climate is indeed changing, how we know that we…
Maths of Love and Sex
Feb 8, 2016 • 46 min
Robin Ince and Brian Cox get romantic (although unfortunately not with each other) as they discuss the mathematics of love and the statistics of sex. They are joined on stage by comedian and former maths student Paul Foot, mathematician Hannah Fry and…
What Is Reality?
Feb 1, 2016 • 41 min
What is Reality? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by US superstar neuroscientist David Eagleman, Professor Sophie Scott and comedian Bridget Christie to ask what is reality? Is our sense of the world around us a completely personal experience and a…
Invisible Universe
Jan 25, 2016 • 39 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince transport the cage of infinite proportions to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. They are joined on stage by impressionist Jon Culshaw and astrophysicists Sarah Bridle and Tim O’Brien as they look up at the sky to…
What is Race?
Jan 18, 2016 • 46 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Shappi Khorsandi, science broadcaster Adam Rutherford and evolutionary geneticist Mark Thomas. They look at the thorny issue of race, and whether there is a scientific definition for the concept of…
Artificial Intelligence
Jan 12, 2016 • 43 min
Artificial Intelligence Brian Cox and Robin Ince return for a new series of their award winning science/comedy show. Tonight the infinite monkey’s are joined on stage by comedian Jo Brand, neuroscientist Anil Seth, and robotics expert Alan Winfield to…
The Infinite Monkey Cage Christmas Special
Dec 25, 2015 • 46 min
The Science of Doctor Who Brian Cox and Robin Ince celebrate the festive season with a look at the science of Doctor Who. Swapping the infinite cage for the Tardis, they are joined on stage by comedian Ross Noble, Professor Fay Dowker, Oscar winning…
Episode 2
Dec 15, 2015 • 27 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince explore the legacy of Einstein’s great theory, and how a mathematical equation written 100 years ago seems to have predicted so accurately exactly how our universe works. From black holes to the expanding universe, every…
Episode 1
Dec 8, 2015 • 29 min
It’s 100 years since the publication of Einstein’s great theory, and arguably one of the greatest scientific theories of all time. To mark the occasion, Brian Cox takes Robin Ince on a guided tour of General Relativity. With the help of some of the…
Forensic Science
Aug 10, 2015 • 49 min
A Forensic look at Forensics No dead strawberries this week, but plenty of dead bodies, as Brian Cox and Robin Ince take a gruesome look at the science of death and some of the more unusual ways that forensic scientists are able to look for and gather…
Speed
Aug 3, 2015 • 47 min
The Need for Speed The Monkey Cage returns from its tour of the USA, as Brian Cox and Robin Ince take to the stage of the BBC Radio Theatre to look at the science of speed. They are joined by comedian and former motoring correspondent for the Daily…
The Infinite Monkey Cage USA Tour: San Francisco
Jul 27, 2015 • 47 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince take to the stage in San Francisco for the last of their USA specials. They talk alien visitations, UFOs and other close encounters with astronomer Dr Seth Shostack, NASA scientist Dr Carolyn Porco, and comedians Greg Proops and…
The Infinite Monkey Cage USA Tour: Chicago
Jul 20, 2015 • 45 min
Fossil Records and other Archaeological Hits. Brian Cox and Robin Ince take to the stage in Chicago, Illinois, to discuss fossil records and evolution. They are joined on stage by host of NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” Peter Sagal, comedian and Saturday…
The Infinite Monkey Cage USA Tour: Los Angeles
Jul 13, 2015 • 45 min
Science Goes to Hollywood: Science Fact V Science Fiction Brian Cox and Robin Ince continue their tour of the USA, as they take to the stage in LA. They are joined by cosmologist and science advisor on movies such as Thor and Tron Legacy, Sean Carroll,…
The Infinite Monkey Cage USA Tour: New York
Jul 6, 2015 • 47 min
The Infinite Monkey Cage USA Tour: New York The Infinite Monkeys return for a new series, the first of which will see them head to the USA for their first live tour. This week Brian Cox and Robin Ince can be found on stage in New York asking the question,…
Serendipity
Feb 23, 2015 • 43 min
Serendipity in Science Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Lee Mack, science author and journalist Simon Singh and chemist Professor Andrea Sella to look at how many of our biggest science discoveries seem to have come about by…
What Is the Point of Plants?
Feb 16, 2015 • 35 min
What’s the Point of Plants? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by plant biologist Professor Jane Langdale, physicist Professor Jim Al-Khalili and comedian and former horticulture student Ed Byrne to ask, “what’s the point of plants?”. How would…
When Quantum Goes Woo
Feb 9, 2015 • 44 min
When Quantum Goes Woo Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by Bad Science author, Ben Goldacre, Professor of Particle Physics at Manchester University, Jeff Forshaw, and comedian Sara Pascoe. They’ll be looking at why quantum physics, in…
Solar System
Feb 2, 2015 • 54 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Jo Brand, planetary scientist Professor Monica Grady and NASA scientist Dr Carolyn Porco as they discuss some of the most exciting and technically ambitious explorations of our solar system. They’ll be…
Fierce Creatures
Jan 26, 2015 • 42 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by naturalist Steve Backshall, zoologist Lucy Cooke and comedian Andy Hamilton as they battle it out to decide which creature wins the title of earth’s most deadly. The panel reveal their own brave encounters…
Deception
Jan 19, 2015 • 43 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by author and journalist David Aaronovitch, psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman and neuroscientist Professor Sophie Scott as they tackle the science of deception. They’ll be asking why we seem to be so good…
The Infinite Monkey Cage Christmas Special
Dec 25, 2014 • 50 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Brian Blessed, astronaut Chris Hadfield, bible scholar Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou and the Reverend Richard Coles for a very special festive edition of the show. They’ll be taking their own unique look at the…
Irrationality
Aug 11, 2014 • 44 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedians Josie Long and Paul Foot, psychologist Richard Wiseman and neuroscientist Stuart Ritchie to ask “is irrationality genetic?”. The second of two programmes recorded at the Edinburgh Festival.
Before the Big Bang
Aug 4, 2014 • 41 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince transport the cage of infinite proportions, for the first of 2 programmes from the Edinburgh Festival. They are joined on stage by cosmologists Carlos Frenk and Faye Dowker and actor and comedian Ben Miller and comedian and fellow…
Can Science Save Us?
Jul 28, 2014 • 53 min
Can Science Save Us? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by Stephen Fry, Eric Idle, chemist and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield University, Professor Tony Ryan, and University of London solar scientist, Dr Lucie Green, as they ask: “can science…
Does Science Need War?
Jul 21, 2014 • 39 min
Does Science Need War? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Katy Brand, science writer Philip Ball and medic, author and broadcaster Kevin Fong. They’ll be asking whether scientific progress needs the pressures and casualties of war to…
Are Humans Uniquely Unique?
Jul 14, 2014 • 46 min
Are humans uniquely unique? Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined on stage by human and non-human ape experts Keith Jensen, Katie Slocombe and Ross Noble to ask whether humans are truly unique amongst animal species. They’ll be looking at why studying our…
Numbers Numbers Everywhere
Jul 7, 2014 • 45 min
Numbers, Numbers everywhere… The Infinite Monkey Cage is back for a new series of witty, irreverent science chat. Over the coming six weeks, presenters Brian Cox and Robin Ince will be joined on stage by scientists and some well known science enthusiasts…
Brian and Robin’s Infinite Inbox
Mar 10, 2014 • 27 min
Infinite Monkeys Brian Cox and Robin Ince delve into the postbag and open up the inbox for a programme specially recorded for BBC Radio 4 Extra. Following their recent series of The Infinite Monkey Cage on Radio 4, Robin and Brian thought it was high time…
Science and Spin
Dec 23, 2013 • 38 min
This week on the Infinite Monkey Cage, Brian Cox and Robin Ince take to the stage at Manchester University, to discuss the state of science communication. Is the public engaged enough with the complexities of science? Are scientists engaging enough with…
Should We Pander to Pandas?
Dec 16, 2013 • 35 min
This week, Brian Cox and Robin Ince wonder if the world would be better off without spending an undue amount of time and energy trying to get giant pandas to mate and instead concentrated on saving species which let’s face it, are a lot less cute but…
To Infinity and Beyond
Dec 9, 2013 • 34 min
This week on the Infinite Monkey Cage, Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedy producer John Lloyd, mathematician Colva Roney Dougal and writer Simon Singh, to explore the universality of mathematics, the nature of infinity and the role of numbers…
Science Rocks!
Dec 2, 2013 • 42 min
Science Rocks! This week, Brian Cox and Robin Ince are travelling back in time, to discuss when and how geology became a science, what the dinosaurs ever did for us and why cryptids, creatures of popular mythology, hold such fascination for those on the…
Through the Doors of Perception
Nov 25, 2013 • 41 min
This week, Brian Cox and Robin Ince attempt to walk through the doors of perception. On the way, they’ll encounter the nature of consciousness, the secret messages hidden in pop songs, the problem of objectivity (it’s subjective) and how time appears to…
Risk
Nov 18, 2013 • 37 min
The Infinite Monkey Cage returns in the first of a new series and turns its gaze on the science of risk. Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince bring their witty and irreverent take on the world to a programme all about the science of risk. Together…
Science Museum
Jul 29, 2013 • 44 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince transport their infinite cage to the more finite proportions of London’s Science Museum to discuss wonder in science, and why children seem to have it, but too many of us lose it as adults. Joining them on stage are comedian Josie…
Alfred Russel Wallace
Jul 22, 2013 • 28 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince discuss the life and works of Alfred Russel Wallace, the lesser known co-founder of the theory of evolution by natural selection. They are joined on stage by biologists Steve Jones and Aoife McLysaght and comedian Tony Law to ask…
What Makes Science a Science?
Jul 15, 2013 • 37 min
What Makes a Science a Science? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by “Bad Science” author Ben Goldacre, neuroscientist Sophie Scott and broadcaster Evan Davis to ask what makes a science, a science. They’ll be asking whether the scientific method can be…
Space Tourism
Jul 8, 2013 • 41 min
Space Tourism Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by actor and space enthusiast Brian Blessed, Director of Virgin Galactic Stephen Attenborough and space medicine expert Dr Kevin Fong to talk about the possibilities of space exploration for mere mortals.…
Glastonbury
Jul 1, 2013 • 43 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince transport their cage of infinite proportions to the Glastonbury Festival as they take to the stage with their special brand of science and comedy. They are joined by singer KT Tunstall and physicists Fay Dowker and Jeff Forshaw to…
What Is Death?
Jun 24, 2013 • 28 min
“What Is Death?” In the first of a new series of the award winning science/comedy series, Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Katy Brand, biochemist Nick Lane and forensic anthropologist Sue Black to discuss why death is such an…
Christmas Special: The Science of Christmas Behaviour
Dec 24, 2012 • 28 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince get into the Christmas spirit as they look at the science of Christmas behaviour with actor and writer Mark Gatiss, geneticist Steve Jones, psychologist Richard Wiseman and emeritus Dean of Guildford Cathedral Victor Stock.
Creating Life
Dec 17, 2012 • 28 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by guests Ed Byrne, Adam Rutherford and Philip Ball to talk about science’s quest to create life. From the medieval alchemists’ recipe for creating an homunculus through to IVF, cloning and the current cutting…
Brain Science
Dec 10, 2012 • 28 min
Will science ever understand the human mind? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian and former psychiatric nurse, Jo Brand, and neuroscientists Sophie Scott and Brian Butterworth. With ever more sensitive brain scanning techniques and…
Secret Science
Dec 3, 2012 • 28 min
Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined on stage by comedian Dave Gorman, author and Enigma Machine owner Simon Singh and Bletchley Park enthusiast Dr Sue Black as they discuss secret science, code-breaking and the extraordinary achievements of the team…
Improbable Science
Nov 26, 2012 • 28 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince discuss some of the more unlikely and odd avenues of research travelled down in the name of science. For example, the British physicist who calculated the optimal way to dunk a biscuit into a cup of tea without it disintegrating…
Space Exploration
Nov 19, 2012 • 28 min
The Infinite Monkeys are back and in the first of the new series Brian Cox and Robin Ince boldly go where no science programme has been before, as they discuss space exploration with Captain Jean Luc Picard himself, actor Sir Patrick Stewart; former…
Science v Art
Jul 23, 2012 • 27 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince transport the cage of infinite proportions, to the slightly more confined space of the Latitude Comedy Arena. They will be joined on stage by a panel of guests, including Al Murray, for a witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational…
Parallel Universes
Jul 16, 2012 • 28 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince stretch the cage of infinite proportions this week to encompass not just our own universe, but any others that might be lurking out there as well. They’ll be joined by QI creator John Lloyd, the Astronomer Royal, Professor Sir…
The Science of Symmetry
Jul 8, 2012 • 28 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by mathematician Marcus Du Sautoy, science journalist Adam Rutherford and comic book legend Alan Moore to discuss why symmetry seems such a pervasive phenomenon throughout our universe, and possibly beyond. The world…
Does Size Matter?
Jul 2, 2012 • 28 min
Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined on stage by comedian Andy Hamilton to discuss whether size matters? Material scientist Mark Miodownik and bioengineer Eleanor Stride also join the panel to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being really huge,…
Science Mavericks
Jun 25, 2012 • 28 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince take to the stage at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival to discuss science mavericks. They are joined by comedian Marcus Brigstocke, medic and broadcaster Dr Kevin Fong, evolutionary biologist Aoife McLysaght and Nobel…
Oceans: The Last Great Unexplored Frontier?
Jun 18, 2012 • 28 min
Brian Cox and Robin Ince return for a new series of the award-winning science/comedy show, as they take a witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the world according to science. In today’s programme they’ll be looking down rather than up as…
The Science of Christmas
Dec 26, 2011 • 28 min
The Infinite Monkeys Robin Ince and Brian Cox are in a festive mood as they discuss the science of Christmas with special guests biologist Richard Dawkins, actor and writer Mark Gatiss and science journalist Roger Highfield. Producer: Alexandra Feachem.
I’m a Chemist Get Me Out of Here
Dec 19, 2011 • 28 min
Robin Ince and Brian Cox give the chemists a chance to fight back as they stage the ultimate battle of the sciences to find out, once and for all, whether all science is really just physics…and whether chemistry is, as Brian puts it “the social science of…
The Science of Sound
Dec 12, 2011 • 28 min
Robin Ince and Brian Cox head north for the second time this series, and take residence for one episode in the BBC Philharmonic’s headquarters to talk about the science of sound. They are joined by the University of Salford’s acoustic expert Professor…
The Origins of Life
Dec 5, 2011 • 28 min
Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined inside the Infinite Monkey Cage by rationalist comedian and musician Tim Minchin, science broadcaster and biologist Adam Rutherford and biochemist Professor Nick Lane to discuss the science of creation and the latest…
A Balanced Programme on Balance
Nov 28, 2011 • 28 min
The Infinite Monkeys, Brian Cox and Robin Ince, are joined on stage by Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, and comedian and theology graduate Katy Brand to look at how science is portrayed in the press and whether opinion is ever as valid as…
What’s the North Ever Done for Us?
Nov 21, 2011 • 28 min
The Infinite Monkeys, Robin Ince and Brian Cox, return for a new series of irreverent science chatter with a host of special guests. In the first of the new series, they’re on Brian Cox’s home territory for a recording at the University of Manchester.…
Science vs The Supernatural: Does Science Kill the Magic?
Jul 5, 2011 • 28 min
Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined on stage by actor and magician Andy Nyman, psychologist Richard Wiseman and neuroscientist Bruce Hood as they take on the paranormal. They’ll be looking at some of the more popular claims of supernatural goings on, and…
Is There Room for Mysticism in a Rational World?
Jun 27, 2011 • 30 min
Glastonbury Special Radio 4’s award winning science/comedy show hits Glastonbury to prove that science really is the new rock n roll. Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by musicians Billy Bragg and Graham Coxon, comedian Shappi Khorsandi, and…
Is Cosmology Really a Science?
Jun 20, 2011 • 28 min
Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined on stage by V for Vendetta author and legendary comic book writer Alan Moore, cosmologist Ed Copeland, and science broadcaster Dallas Campbell to ask whether Cosmology is really a science? Do scientific theories need to…
So You Want To Be An Astronaut?
Jun 13, 2011 • 28 min
Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined by comedian Helen Keen (“It is Rocket Science”) and space medicine expert Dr Kevin Fong, to discuss the future of human space travel. As NASA’s space shuttle program comes to a close, what does the future hold in terms…
Six Degrees
Jun 6, 2011 • 30 min
The Infinite Monkeys, Brian Cox and Robin Ince, are joined on stage by special guest Stephen Fry and science writer Simon Singh to find out whether we really are only 6 degrees of separation from anyone else? What started as an interesting psychology…
What Don’t We Know?
May 30, 2011 • 27 min
Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince return for a new series of the witty, irreverent science/comedy show. This week the Infinite Monkeys will be asking what don’t we know, do we know what we don’t know, does science know what it doesn’t know, and…
Philosophy
Dec 6, 2010 • 30 min
Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince are joined by special guests Alexei Sayle and philosopher Julian Baggini to discuss Stephen Hawking’s recent comment that “philosophy is dead”. Does the progress of science mean the need for disciplines such as…
Randomness
Nov 29, 2010 • 28 min
Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince are joined by the Australian comedian and musician Tim Minchin and mathematician Alex Bellos to discuss randomness, probability and chance. They look at whether coincidences are far more common than one might…
Modern World
Nov 22, 2010 • 28 min
Physicist Brian Cox, comedian Robin Ince and guests return for more witty irreverent science chat. This week they are joined by comedian and former mathematician Paul Foot to discuss whether the modern world is a force for good or evil, and whether a…
Apocalypse
Nov 15, 2010 • 28 min
Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince return for the third series of the witty, irreverent science show. In the first episode of the series, Brian and Robin are joined by comedian Andy Hamilton to discuss some of the wackier apocalyptic theories, as…
Things Can Only Get Better?
Jul 5, 2010 • 28 min
In the last of the current series, physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince look at the notion of perfection and whether the latest advances in the biomedical sciences could ever lead us to the perfect body. What are the limitations of science, and can…
Science Fiction, Science Fact
Jun 28, 2010 • 28 min
Special guests Jonathan Ross, graphic novelist Alan Moore and string theorist Brian Greene, join Brian Cox and Robin Ince on stage for a special edition of the science show that boldly goes where no other science show has been before. In a special science…
Trust me, I’m a Scientist
Jun 21, 2010 • 28 min
Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince continue their witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the world according to science. Brian and Robin are joined by special guests Ben Goldacre and comedian Dave Gorman to discuss the notion of trust…
Popular Science
Jun 14, 2010 • 28 min
Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince return for a new series of Radio 4’s witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the world according to science. In a special programme recorded as part of this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival, Brian…
Science and Religion
Dec 21, 2009 • 25 min
Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince take a witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the world according to science. Robin and Brian are joined by Victor Stock, Dean of Guildford Cathedral, and science journalist Adam Rutherford for a…
Quantum Physics
Dec 14, 2009 • 25 min
Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince take a witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the world according to science. Physicist turned comedian Ben Miller joins Brian and Robin to discuss quantum physics, and if astrology really shares its…
Extraterrestrial Life
Dec 7, 2009 • 25 min
Series in which physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince take a witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the world according to science. Robin and Brian are joined by alien abduction expert Jon Ronson and Seth Shostack from the SETI Institute…
Science and Comedians
Nov 30, 2009 • 25 min
Former cosmologist Dara O’Briain and Dr Alice Roberts join physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince for a witty, irreverant and unashamedly rational look at the world according to science. They’ll be asking why so many comedians seem to start life as…