Monday, February 17, 2014

Nieman Reports | Bringing Science to a Television Audience

Nieman Reports | Bringing Science to a Television Audience:

By  Jon Palfreman (producer, writer "Harvest of Fear" PBS 2001)

In the late 1960’s, some farsighted BBC producers had an interesting idea—why not try to make television documentaries about science? Working on 16mm film, these pioneers set out to report on what, to viewers, had been a completely closed world of science. For the first time, film crews went out to visit research labs, interview scientists, and follow field expeditions to remote exotic places. In short, the goal was to show viewers what scientists actually do. This resulted in a weekly series called “Horizon” that, to the surprise of many people, was both popular and critically acclaimed. “Horizon” became the model for PBS’s “Nova” series.

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