It’s fitting that at a time when the news is dominated by the mind-boggling details of landing a small electronic device on a comet travelling towards the sun at 34,000 miles an hour in order to transmit data back to earth, this weekend sees the launch of BBC’s Science Fiction Season.
Tomorrow’s World: the Unearthly History of Science Fiction, BBC2, Sat 22 November, 9.45pm
This 4- part series presented by Dominic Sandbrook explores science fiction in film, TV and literature. Looking at the cultural impact of the genre, the programme features a number of notable contributors, including the author Neil Gaiman.
The Day of the Triffids, BBC4, Sunday 23 November, 8pm
A chance to catch the classic 1981 adaptation of John Wyndham’s sci-fi novel, beginning with a double bill of half hour episodes.
BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking: Margaret Atwood originally broadcast 23 October on BBC Radio 3
Available on iPlayer Radio, Booker Prize winning writer Margaret Atwood talks about her interest in science fiction and her MaddAddam trilogy (comprising of Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam) which is currently being adapted for TV by HBO.
There are also a number of Science Fiction films including:
The Thing from Another World BBC2, Saturday 22 November, 1.50am
Moon BBC2, Sunday 23th November, 11.30pm
The Quatermass Xperiment BBC2, Monday 24th November, 1am
Quatermass II BBC2, Saturday 28th ,November 1.50am
For information on less speculative scientific wonders:
Rosetta: A Sky at Night Special available on BBC iPlayer
An in depth celebration of the recent scientific triumph, including a behind the scenes look at mission control.
The Final Frontier? A Horizon Guide to the Universe BBC4, Wednesday 26th November, 8pm
Using footage from Horizon archives to chart scientific breakthroughs that have transformed how the universe is understood.
Visit the Science Fiction Season page on the BBC website for links to other resources including clips from BBC News, and exclusive short films.