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Light And Dark

In this mind-bending series, Professor Jim Al-Khalili shows how by uncovering its secrets, scientists have used light to reveal the universe.


Open University programmes on TV, radio and online

The OU has a unique partnership with the BBC, co-producing content for radio, television and online channels. We also work with a range of other broadcasters in the UK and internationally.
Here’s what’s coming up in next few days and what you can catch up with via iPlayer.

BBC Three
Tuesday 10:00am
21 Nov 2017


Exploring the consumption, dealing, treatment and policing of illegal drugs in the city of Bristol. 

BBC Four
Wednesday 11:00pm
22 Nov 2017

Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers: Andrew Marr’s

Andrew Marr deconstructs detective fiction, fantasy epics and spy novels - the books we really read. He unpicks their conventions to show how these books keep us turning the page in our latest OU co-production with BBC Four. 

Thursday 9:00pm
23 Nov 2017

Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain

During the blitz over four hundred and fifty thousand bombs rained down on Britain - how did they shape our future?

BBC Four
Thursday 10:30pm
30 Nov 2017

The Beginning and End of the Universe

In this two-part series, Prof Jim Al-Khalili tackles the biggest subject of all: the universe.

Coming soon

International Playwriting Competition 2018

The only global competition for radio playwrights. 

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