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#TVforHE – Pick of the Week – Horizon: Jimmy Carr and the Science of Laughter

As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.

This Sunday’s Horizon looks into what contributes to human laughter, applying the scientific model to our sense of humour.

From the BBC:

Comedian Jimmy Carr takes over Horizon for this one-off special programme, produced as part of BBC2’s sitcom season.

Jimmy turns venerable documentary strand Horizon into a chat show, with eminent laughter scientists as guests and a studio audience to use as guinea pigs. Jimmy and his guests try to get to the bottom of what laughter is, why we enjoy it so much and what, if anything, it has to do with comedy.

Between them, and with the help of contributions from other scientists on film, Jimmy and guests discover that laughter is much older than our species, and may well have contributed to making us human.


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Related Links:

“Real or Fake?” Clip from Horizon: Jimmy Carr and the Science of Laughter (Originally aired on BBC2)

“The Man Who Tickles Rats” Clip from Horizon: Jimmy Carr and the Science of Laughter (originally aired on BBC2)

Wisdom of the World episode on “Laughter” looks at the importance of laughter for physical and mental health (originally aired on the BBC World Service)