Wonders of Life

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Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Each week Brian Cox has pursued his argument across a different part of the world and, for his finale, the backdrop is Mexico. Except it’s more than a backdrop because Cox adapts his story – about what ingredients make our world the only habitable planet we know of – to fit the places he visits. The connections sometimes feel stretched but the exotic locations add a sense of poetry, and the millions of monarch butterflies at their breeding grounds (rapidly becoming a natural history staple) are always an amazing sight.

Meanwhile, the nitty-gritty of the science involves things like capillary action and surface tension and the special polar properties of water molecules. And a very angry beetle.

About this programme

5/5. Professor Brian Cox considers what it is about Earth that makes it a home for life and asks what ingredients were necessary to transform this once barren planet into the world as it is today. He reveals that a rare chain of events combined with the power of life itself have made it unique in the cosmos.

Cast and crew


Brian Cox


Gideon Bradshaw
Gideon Bradshaw
Series Producer
James Van der Pool