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OU on the BBC: Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity ARCHIVE

Updated Sunday, 29th April 2012

In Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity, Jim Al-Khalili tells the electrifying story of our quest to master nature’s most mysterious force - electricity.

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Story of Electricity main Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC Journeying after electricity In this series, scientist Jim Al-Khalili charts the fascinating history of mankind's attempt to understand and harness the power of electricity in this three-part series.

To find out more about upcoming episodes, check out our episode guide below. Then test your knowledge of electricity with our Spark it Up game. You can also visit the BBC pages or watch it on BBC iPlayer.

If you'd like to learn more about harnessing electricity in engineering and technology, see what courses The Open University has to offer. Or try a taster with this free LearningSpace unit.

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