Immortal? A Horizon Guide to Ageing

Radio Times
Review by:
Claire Webb

When Horizon endorsed an anti-wrinkle cream a few years ago, youth-hungry shoppers snapped up a whole year’s worth in a fortnight. Sadly, no such elixirs are proposed here.

Instead, it’s a fascinating excursion through the archives of the BBC’s flagship science show, revisiting all the anti-ageing theories it has documented over the past 40 years. Some are plain wacky (the smug 80s couple who can’t see their kitchen table for the gigantic jars of mysterious white powder), while some belong in a horror movie (the sheep-sacrificing Swiss clinic). Aptly, the bright-eyed Johnny Ball presents.

About this programme

Veteran presenter Johnny Ball looks back over the 45 years that both he and TV series Horizon have been appearing on air to find out what scientists have learnt about how and why people grow old. He charts developments from macabre early claims of rejuvenation to the latest breakthroughs, and asks if the dream of immortality is any closer to coming true.

Cast and crew


Johnny Ball


Executive Producer
Sacha Baveystock
Ben Wilson