The Infinite Monkey Cage

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The Infinite Monkey Cage
Genre Comedy
Running time approx. 30 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 4
Starring Brian Cox
Robin Ince
Producer(s) Alexandra Feachem
Exec. producer(s) Deborah Cohen
Recording studio Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, London
Air dates since 30 November 2009 (2009-11-30)
No. of series 9
No. of episodes 48[1]
Website The Infinite Monkey Cage website
Podcast xml feed
Robin Ince and Brian Cox, the hosts of the program

The Infinite Monkey Cage is a BBC Radio 4 comedy and popular science series. Hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince,[2] The Independent described it as a "witty and irreverent look at the world according to science".[3][4] 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 1 July 2013 Glastonbury Special episode in Series 8.[5] The programme won a Gold Award in the Best Speech Programme category at the 2011 Sony Radio Awards.[6][7]

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[edit]

The following is an episode list of the BBC radio series The Infinite Monkey Cage. As of December 2013, there have been 48 episodes spanning 9 series. All episodes are available via to stream via the series website and as podcast downloads.[8]

Series One[edit]

Total No. Title Guest(s) Original airdate
1 1 "Series 1, Episode 1 (Evidence vs. Uninformed Opinions)" Dara Ó Briain and Dr Alice Roberts 30 November 2009 (2009-11-30)
2 2 "Series 1, Episode 2 (Conspiracy Theories and Extraterrestrial Visitors)" Jon Ronson and Seth Shostak 7 December 2009 (2009-12-07)
3 3 "Series 1, Episode 3 (Quantum Physics & Astrology)" Ben Miller 14 December 2009 (2009-12-14)
4 4 "Series 1, Episode 4 (Science and Religion)" Chris Addison, Victor Stock and Adam Rutherford 21 December 2009 (2009-12-21)

Series Two[edit]

Total No. Title Guest(s) Original airdate
5 1 "Series 2, Episode 1, Cheltenham Science Festival" Ben Miller and Robert Winston 14 June 2010 (2010-06-14)
6 2 "Trust Me I'm a Scientist" Ben Goldacre and Dave Gorman 21 June 2010 (2010-06-21)
7 3 "Science Fact and Science Fiction" Jonathan Ross, Alan Moore and Dr Brian Greene 28 June 2010 (2010-06-28)
8 4 "Things Can Only Get Better" Colin Blakemore and Mark Steel 5 July 2010 (2010-07-05)

Series Three[edit]

Total No. Title Guest(s) Original airdate
9 1 "Apocalypse" Adam Rutherford, Andy Hamilton and Dr Lucie Green 15 November 2010 (2010-11-15)
10 2 "Modern World" Paul Foot, Aleks Krotoski and Professor Tony Ryan 22 November 2010 (2010-11-22)
11 3 "Randomness, Probability and Chance" Tim Minchin, Alex Bellos, Matt Parker 29 November 2010 (2010-11-29)
12 4 "Is Philosophy Dead?" Alexei Sayle, Julian Baggini and Professor Raymond Tallis 6 December 2010 (2010-12-06)

Series Four[edit]

Total No. Title Guest(s) Original airdate
13 1 "What Don't We Know?" Paul Foot, Marcus Chown and Professor Steve Jones 30 May 2011 (2011-05-30)
14 2 "Six Degrees of Separation?" Stephen Fry, Simon Singh, and Aleks Krotoski 6 June 2011 (2011-06-06)
15 3 "So you want to be an astronaut?" Chris Riley, Dr Kevin Fong, and Helen Keen 13 June 2011 (2011-06-13)
16 4 "Is Cosmology really a science?" Alan Moore, Dallas Campbell and Professor Ed Copeland 20 June 2011 (2011-06-20)
17 5 "Glastonbury Special" Billy Bragg, Graham Coxon, Shappi Khorsandi and Professor Tony Ryan 27 June 2011 (2011-06-27)
18 6 "Science and the supernatural" Andy Nyman, Richard Wiseman and Bruce Hood 5 July 2011 (2011-07-05)

Series Five[edit]

Total No. Title Guest(s) Original airdate
19 1 "What's the North Ever Done for Us?" Jon Culshaw, Jeff Forshaw and Matthew Cobb 28 November 2011 (2011-11-28)
20 2 "A Balanced Programme on Balance" Sir Paul Nurse, Katy Brand, Simon Mayo, and Professor Steve Jones 5 December 2011 (2011-12-05)
21 3 "The Origins of Life" Tim Minchin, Dr Nick Lane, and Adam Rutherford 12 December 2011 (2011-12-12)
22 4 "The Science of Sound" Tom Wrigglesworth, Professor Trevor Cox and Professor Chris Plack 19 December 2011 (2011-12-19)
23 5 "Physics vs Chemistry" Dara Ó Briain, Professor Tony Ryan, and Andrea Sella 26 December 2011 (2011-12-26)
24 6 "The Science of Christmas" Professor Richard Dawkins, Mark Gatiss and Roger Highfield 1 January 2012 (2012-01-01)

Series Six[edit]

Total No. Title Guest(s) Original airdate
25 1 "Oceans: The Last Great Unexplored Frontier?" Dave Gorman, Lloyd Peck and Bramley Murton 18 June 2012 (2012-06-18)
26 2 "Science Mavericks" Marcus Brigstocke, Professor Barry Marshall, Kevin Fong, and Aoife McLysaght 25 June 2012 (2012-06-25)
27 3 "Does Size Matter?" Andy Hamilton, Mark Miodownik and Eleanor Stride 2 July 2012 (2012-07-02)
28 4 "The Science of Symmetry" Marcus du Sautoy, Adam Rutherford and Alan Moore 9 July 2012 (2012-07-09)
29 5 "Parallel Universes" Professor Sir Martin Rees, Dr Lucie Green and John Lloyd 16 July 2012 (2012-07-16)
30 6 "Science v Art" Al Murray, Sara Pascoe, Andrew Pontzen and Jon Butterworth. 23 July 2012 (2012-07-23)

Series Seven[edit]

Total No. Title Guest(s) Original airdate
31 1 "Space Exploration" Sir Patrick Stewart, Ben Miller and Monica Grady 19 November 2012 (2012-11-19)
32 2 "Improbable Science" Katy Brand, Matthew Cobb and Marc Abrahams 26 November 2012 (2012-11-26)
33 3 "Secret Science" Simon Singh, Sue Black and Dave Gorman 3 December 2012 (2012-12-03)
34 4 "Brain Science" Jo Brand, Sophie Scott, and Brian Butterworth 10 December 2012 (2012-12-10)
35 5 "Creating Life" Ed Byrne, Adam Rutherford, and Philip Ball 17 December 2012 (2012-12-17)
36 6 "Christmas Special" Mark Gatiss, Professor Steve Jones, Richard Wiseman, Victor Stock, and Jonny & The Baptists 24 December 2012 (2012-12-24)

Series Eight[edit]

Total No. Title Guest(s) Original airdate
37 1 "What is Death?" Katy Brand, Dr Nick Lane, and Sue Black 24 June 2013 (2013-06-24)
38 2 "Glastonbury" Marcus Brigstocke, KT Tunstall, Fay Dowker, and Jeff Forshaw 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01)
39 3 "Space Tourism" Brian Blessed, Kevin Fong, and Steven Attenborough 8 July 2013 (2013-07-08)
40 4 "What Makes a Science a Science" Ben Goldacre, Sophie Scott, and Evan Davis 15 July 2013 (2013-07-15)
41 5 "Alfred Russel Wallace" Steve Jones, Aoife McLysaght, and Tony Law 22 July 2013 (2013-07-22)
42 6 "Scientific Wonder" Neil deGrasse Tyson, Josie Long, Ian Blatchford, Richard Holmes and Doc Brown 29 July 2013 (2013-07-29)

Series Nine[edit]

Total No. Title Guest(s) Original airdate
43 1 "Risk" Graeme Garden, David Spiegelhalter, and Sue Ion 18 November 2013 (2013-11-18)
44 2 "Through the Doors of Perception" Claudia Hammond, Beau Lotto, and Alan Moore 25 November 2013 (2013-11-25)
45 3 "Science Rocks!" Hermione Cockburn, Ross Noble, and Eric Idle 2 December 2013 (2013-12-02)
46 4 "To Infinity and Beyond" John Lloyd, Colva Roney Dougal, and Simon Singh 9 December 2013 (2013-12-09)
47 5 "Should We Pander to Pandas?" Sandy Knapp, Simon Watt, and Sara Pascoe 16 December 2013 (2013-12-16)
48 6 "Science and Spin" Matthew Cobb, Sheena Cruikshank, Helen Keen, and James Burke 23 December 2013 (2013-12-23)

Series Ten[edit]

Total No. Title Guest(s) Original airdate
49 1 "Numbers Numbers Everywhere" Dave Gorman, Dr Vicky Neale, and Alex Bellos 7 July 2014 (2014-07-07)
50 2 "Are Humans Uniquely Unique?" Keith Jensen, Katie Slocombe, and Ross Noble 14 July 2014 (2014-07-14)
51 3 "Does Science Need War?" Katy Brand, Philip Ball, and Kevin Fong 21 July 2014 (2014-07-21)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - The Infinite Monkey Cage - Series". BBC. 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Ince, Robin (27 August 2010). "A cat in a wheelie bin can help us ponder how the universe works". The Telegraph. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Radio GaGa: Infinite Monkey Cage, Moyles & Bacon!". Tim Minchin.com. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - The Infinite Monkey Cage". BBC. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Frank Skinner and Jason Byrne win at Sony Awards 2011". The British Comedy Guide. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "TV scientist scoops top radio award". Express & Star. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - The Infinite Monkey Cage - Episodes". BBC. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 

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