16 Oct 2008

Discover Fossil Detectives on BBC TWO this Autumn

Hermione and Sir David Attenborough

Hermione and Sir David Attenborough

Fossil Detectives, the acclaimed eight-part Open University series first shown on BBC FOUR earlier this summer is being brought to a wider audience on BBC TWO from 7pm on Friday October 24.

The series allows viewers to see the wonderful landscapes and locations visited by Dr Hermione Cockburn and a team of fossil experts and geologists around Britain as they uncover and make sense of the ancient past. New viewers will get the chance to see for themselves the extraordinary fossil stories revealed by the series, which has been produced by the BBC's Natural History Unit.

Hermione, together with Dr Phil Manning, Dr Anjana Khatwa and James Wong, explore various regions and find tantalising evidence of strange creatures, plants and landscapes long vanished from Britain.

Hermione said: "I'm delighted Fossil Detectives is being shown on BBC TWO following the success of the series on BBC FOUR. I hope it will give lots of new viewers a chance to enjoy the series and marvel at the amazing wealth of British fossils and what they tell us about ancient life."

Some famous fossil fans are interviewed about their passion in the series, including broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, and musician/writer Alex James.

The Open University has also produced a free field guide to help viewers identify their own fossil finds. This can be obtained by calling 0870 010 0878 or by visiting www.open2.net /fossildetectives

Dr Peter Sheldon, The Open University’s academic consultant on the series, said: "The whole team were totally committed to the series, and have done the OU proud with a set of really interesting programmes.

"The free fossil field guide will be very useful, especially for beginners trying to identify their finds. The great thing about palaeontology is that even beginners can make a significant discovery."

Editor’s Notes

Fossil Detectives is a fully-funded Open University programme for BBC FOUR.

It was produced by the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol.

The series first broadcast on BBC FOUR in the Summer of 2008. It will broadcast on Friday Evenings on BBC TWO at 7pm from Friday October 24 for five weeks.

Series Producer for the BBC is Kerensa Jennings. Executive Editor for the BBC is Fiona Pitcher. Executive Producer for The Open University is Catherine McCarthy. The Open University Academic Consultant is Dr Peter Sheldon and the Broadcast Learning Executive for The Open University is Dr Janet Sumner.

The Open University and BBC have been in partnership for more than 30 years, providing educational programming to a mass audience. In recent times this partnership has evolved from late night programming for delivering courses to peak time programmes with a broad appeal to encourage wider participation in learning.

All broadcast information is correct at time of issue.

A book of the series is also available - click on the link on the right hand side of the page or contact BBC Books.


Related Courses and programmes from The Open University:-
- S193 Fossils and the history of life
- S180 Life in the oceans: exploring our blue planet
- SA188 Archaeology: the science of investigation
- S186 Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis

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