The Infinite Monkey Cage
|Running time||approx. 30 minutes|
|Home station||BBC Radio 4|
|Exec. producer(s)||Deborah Cohen|
|Recording studio||Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, London|
|Air dates||since 30 Nov 2009|
|No. of series||8|
|No. of episodes||42|
|Website||The Infinite Monkey Cage website|
The Infinite Monkey Cage is a BBC Radio 4 comedy and popular science series. Hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, The Independent described it as a "witty and irreverent look at the world according to science". The show's eighth series was broadcast in June and July 2013 and the podcast, published immediately after the initial radio broadcast, features extended versions of most episodes starting with the 1st July 2013 Glastonbury Special episode in Series 8.
Each show has a particular topic up for discussion, with previous topics including the apocalypse and space travel. There are normally three guests; two of these are scientists with an interest in the topic of discussion, offering an expert opinion on the subject. The other guest is often a comedian, who takes a less serious view of the subject, and often makes the show more accessible by asking the 'stupid' questions that the other guests may have overlooked.
List of episodes
The following is an episode list of the BBC radio series The Infinite Monkey Cage. As of August 2013, there have been 42 episodes spanning 8 series. The 9th series is due to begin in November 2013. All episodes are available via to stream via the series website and as podcast downloads.
|1||1||"Series 1, Episode 1 (Evidence vs. Uninformed Opinions)"||Dara Ó Briain and Dr Alice Roberts||30 November 2009|
|2||2||"Series 1, Episode 2 (Conspiracy Theories and Extraterrestrial Visitors)"||Jon Ronson and Seth Shostak||7 December 2009|
|3||3||"Series 1, Episode 3 (Quantum Physics & Astrology)"||Ben Miller||14 December 2009|
|4||4||"Series 1, Episode 4 (Science and Religion)"||Chris Addison, Victor Stock and Adam Rutherford||21 December 2009|
|5||1||"Series 2, Episode 1, Cheltenham Science Festival"||Ben Miller and Robert Winston||14 June 2010|
|6||2||"Trust Me I'm a Scientist"||Ben Goldacre and Dave Gorman||21 June 2010|
|7||3||"Science Fact and Science Fiction"||Jonathan Ross, Alan Moore and Dr Brian Greene||28 June 2010|
|8||4||"Things Can Only Get Better"||Colin Blakemore and Mark Steel||5 July 2010|
|9||1||"Apocalypse"||Adam Rutherford, Andy Hamilton and Dr Lucie Green||15 November 2010|
|10||2||"Modern World"||Paul Foot, Aleks Krotoski and Professor Tony Ryan||22 November 2010|
|11||3||"Randomness, Probability and Chance"||Tim Minchin, Alex Bellos, Matt Parker||29 November 2010|
|12||4||"Is Philosophy Dead?"||Alexei Sayle, Julian Baggini and Professor Raymond Tallis||6 December 2010|
|13||1||"What Don't We Know?"||Paul Foot, Marcus Chown and Professor Steve Jones||30 May 2011|
|14||2||"Six Degrees of Separation?"||Stephen Fry, Simon Singh, and Aleks Krotoski||6 June 2011|
|15||3||"So you want to be an astronaut?"||Chris Riley, Dr Kevin Fong, and Helen Keen||13 June 2011|
|16||4||"Is Cosmology really a science?"||Alan Moore, Dallas Campbell and Professor Ed Copeland||20 June 2011|
|17||5||"Glastonbury Special"||Billy Bragg, Graham Coxon, Shappi Khorsandi and Professor Tony Ryan||27 June 2011|
|18||6||"Science and the supernatural"||Andy Nyman, Richard Wiseman and Bruce Hood||5 July 2011|
|19||1||"What's the North Ever Done for Us?"||Jon Culshaw, Jeff Forshaw and Matthew Cobb||28 November 2011|
|20||2||"A Balanced Programme on Balance"||Sir Paul Nurse, Katy Brand, Simon Mayo, and Professor Steve Jones||5 December 2011|
|21||3||"The Origins of Life"||Tim Minchin, Dr Nick Lane, and Adam Rutherford||12 December 2011|
|22||4||"The Science of Sound"||Tom Wrigglesworth, Professor Trevor Cox and Professor Chris Plack||19 December 2011|
|23||5||"Physics vs Chemistry"||Dara Ó Briain, Professor Tony Ryan, and Andrea Sella||26 December 2011|
|24||6||"The Science of Christmas"||Professor Richard Dawkins, Mark Gatiss and Roger Highfield||1 January 2012|
|25||1||"Oceans: The Last Great Unexplored Frontier?"||Dave Gorman, Lloyd Peck and Bramley Murton||18 June 2012|
|26||2||"Science Mavericks"||Marcus Brigstocke, Professor Barry Marshall, Kevin Fong, and Aoife McLysaght||25 June 2012|
|27||3||"Does Size Matter?"||Andy Hamilton, Mark Miodownik and Eleanor Stride||2 July 2012|
|28||4||"The Science of Symmetry"||Marcus Du Sautoy, Adam Rutherford and Alan Moore||9 July 2012|
|29||5||"Parallel Universes"||Professor Sir Martin Rees, Dr Lucie Green and John Lloyd||16 July 2012|
|30||6||"Science v Art"||Al Murray, Sara Pascoe, Andrew Pontzen and Jon Butterworth.||23 July 2012|
|31||1||"Space Exploration"||Sir Patrick Stewart, Ben Miller and Monica Grady||19 November 2012|
|32||2||"Improbable Science"||Katy Brand, Matthew Cobb and Marc Abrahams||26 November 2012|
|33||3||"Secret Science"||Simon Singh, Sue Black and Dave Gorman||3 December 2012|
|34||4||"Brain Science"||Jo Brand, Sophie Scott, and Brian Butterworth||10 December 2012|
|35||5||"Creating Life"||Ed Byrne, Adam Rutherford, and Philip Ball||17 December 2012|
|36||6||"Christmas Special"||Mark Gatiss, Professor Steve Jones, Richard Wiseman, Victor Stock, and Jonny & The Baptists||24 December 2012|
|37||1||"What is Death?"||Katy Brand, Dr Nick Lane, and Sue Black||24 June 2013|
|38||2||"Glastonbury"||Marcus Brigstocke, KT Tunstall, Fay Dowker, and Jeff Forshaw||1 July 2013|
|39||3||"Space Tourism"||Brian Blessed, Kevin Fong, and Steven Attenborough||8 July 2013|
|40||4||"What Makes a Science a Science"||Ben Goldacre, Sophie Scott, and Evan Davis||15 July 2013|
|41||5||"Alfred Russel Wallace"||Steve Jones, Aoife McLysaght, and Tony Law||22 July 2013|
|42||6||"Scientific Wonder"||Neil deGrasse Tyson, Josie Long, Ian Blatchford, Richard Holmes and Doc Brown||29 July 2013|
- Ince, Robin (27 August 2010). "A cat in a wheelie bin can help us ponder how the universe works". The Telegraph.
- Maume, Chris (21 November 2010). "The Infinite Monkey Cage, Radio 4, Monday; Take one boffin. Mix with comedy writers, and hear them gently fizz". The Independent.
- "Radio GaGa: Infinite Monkey Cage, Moyles & Bacon!". Tim Minchin.com. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- "Frank Skinner and Jason Byrne win at Sony Awards 2011". The British Comedy Guide. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- "TV scientist scoops top radio award". Express & Star. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- "Tweet from @themonkeycage". Twitter message. 29. Retrieved 21 August 2013. "that's it for the summer series but we will be back in november."
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