Q.E.D. (BBC TV series)
Q.E.D. title card
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Executive producer(s)||Mick Rhodes (1982–84), David Filkin (1985–91), Simon Campbell-Jones (1992), Susan Spindler (1993–94), Tim Haines (1994), Lorraine Heggessey (1995–97), Michael Mosley (1998–99)|
|Running time||30 min|
|Original run||1982 – 1999|
Q.E.D. (quod erat demonstrandum, Latin for "that which was to be demonstrated") was the name of a strand of BBC popular science documentary films which aired in the United Kingdom from 1982 to 1999.
Running in a half hour peak-time slot on the BBC's primary mass-audience channel BBC1, the series had a more populist and general interest agenda than the long-running Horizon series which aired on the more specialist channel BBC2.
Horizon could often be difficult for a scientific novice, requiring a modicum of background knowledge beyond the reaches of many viewers, so Q.E.D. was a more approachable way of introducing scientific stories.
Some notable films
- A Guide to Armageddon (1982) – the effects of a one megaton nuclear bomb being exploded over London.
- Simon's War (1983) – the life of Simon Weston, who suffered serious burns in the Falklands War.
- "Big Brother's Little Test" (1983) - How reliable is polygraphy, the use of lie-detectors? Can the innocent be unjustly condemned? Can the guilty beat them?
- "In at the Deep End" (1984) - An experiment in which divers spent 9 days at simulated depths of up to 1000 feet, breathing a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen.
- Round Britain Whizz (1986) – A sped up flight around the coastline of Britain
- The Foolish Wise Ones (1987) – A look at the talents and worlds of Autistic Savants, such as Stephen Wiltshire
- John's Not Mad (1989) – following a 15-year-old boy with severe Tourette syndrome.
- My Best Friend's a Computer (1990) – Exploring the effects of computers on the emotional development of children.
- Nerve Transplant (1997) – exploring the work of a unique nerve transplant surgeon, bringing back movement to the limbs of previously paralysed patients.
- Superspecs (1997) – following the travels of a British inventor around Ghana with a pair of glasses made for just a dollar that he is convinced could save the sight of millions.
- The Burning Question (1998) – on spontaneous human combustion
- Breathless (1998) – investigating the Buteyko method for treating asthma.
- Equinox – Channel 4 popular science series, last aired in 2001.
- Horizon – comparable BBC2 strand, on air since 1964.
- Nova – documentary series on PBS in the United States, which often bought in and re-voiced Equinox and Horizon films.