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Wonders of the Solar System

  • 2010
  • Season 1
  • 5 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

All five episodes from the BBC documentary science series presented by Professor Brian Cox. Whether it's Saturn's rings, the solar flares of the Sun or the deserts of Mars, Professor Cox demonstrates how the forces that shaped our world are also responsible for creating some of the most breathtaking sights in our solar system.

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Episode 1: Empire of the Sun

Summary

Professor Brian Cox embarks on a globe-trotting quest to explain how the galactic forces that formed the solar system also shaped Earth's landscape. In the first programme, he examines the sun's rule over the planet, heading for India to witness a total solar eclipse, and viewing the Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle.
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Review

Back in 2010 Professor Brian Cox wasn’t the phenomenon we know now. He had done a handful of Horizon docs, and shown a knack for explaining the big, chewy bits of physics in a way that was both precise and oddly poetic.

He was also very cool. BBC2 knew a star when it saw one and commissioned this series – a portrait of the solar system and our place in it using the familiar toolkit of “landmark television”, but used to visually stunning effect.

Cox’s sense of wonder and awe became easy to parody but it’s worth rewatching the original – complete with rhapsodies on “the fiery sphere of tortured matter” that powers our part of the galaxy – to see him at his finest.

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PresenterBrian Cox

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DirectorGideon Bradshaw
Executive producerAndrew Cohen
Series producerDanielle Peck

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  • Episode 1

    Empire of the Sun

    Summary

    Professor Brian Cox embarks on a globe-trotting quest to explain how the galactic forces that formed the solar system also shaped Earth's landscape. In the first programme, he examines the sun's rule over the planet, heading for India to witness a total solar eclipse, and viewing the Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle.
    Recommended

    Review

    Back in 2010 Professor Brian Cox wasn’t the phenomenon we know now. He had done a handful of Horizon docs, and shown a knack for explaining the big, chewy bits of physics in a way that was both precise and oddly poetic.

    He was also very cool. BBC2 knew a star when it saw one and commissioned this series – a portrait of the solar system and our place in it using the familiar toolkit of “landmark television”, but used to visually stunning effect.

    Cox’s sense of wonder and awe became easy to parody but it’s worth rewatching the original – complete with rhapsodies on “the fiery sphere of tortured matter” that powers our part of the galaxy – to see him at his finest.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterBrian Cox

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorGideon Bradshaw
    Executive producerAndrew Cohen
    Series producerDanielle Peck
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