Brian Cox to turn away from stars and look at what it is to be human in new BBC2 series

New five part series Human Universe joins a slew of new BBC science commissions including a docudrama in which Eddie Izzard plays the inventor of Radar

He has explored the stars and the Big Bang but now TV’s favourite scientist is to turn his gaze onto something else altogether – us.


The BBC have commissioned a new five-part BBC2 series from Brian Cox called Human Universe.

In the new series Cox “will tackle the biggest questions that we can ask from who are we and are we alone to why are we here and what is our destiny” according to the BBC.

The show is part of an array of BBC2 and BBC4 science commissions including a new BBC2 docudrama in which comedian Eddie Izzard plays the inventor of Radar. He plays Scotsman Robert Watson Watt in the BBC2 film, with Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser playing his wife Margaret.

Izzard said of the new project: “I feel very privileged to be playing the role of Robert Watson-Watt. Hopefully our production will allow him, along with Arnold ‘Skip’ Wilkins and their team, to finally take their places in the pantheon of British greats of World War II, as the inventors of Radar.”

Kate Humble will also be appearing on the channel again with a BBC2 two-parter on Australia’s bushfires. Inside the Wildfire will detail how bushfires start, spread and stop.

Also in the line-up is The Trial, a long term project which will follow a number of patients as they embark on a unique clinical trial, one that could result in a way to stop or even reverse Parkinson’s Disease, the neurodegenerative disorder that affects one in 500 people.

 A six-part series Secrets of Bones sees primatologist and skeleton builder Ben Garrod, share his passion for bones and explore how the skeleton has shaped the animal kingdom.

In Hormones, Professor John Wass examines the chemicals that govern our bodies and shape who we are.

Irish presenter Liz Bonnin will present Sleepover at the Zoo in which a team a team of experts stay up all night to track – hour by hour – the diverse sleep patterns of a host of animals in Bristol Zoo.