Episodes

Series 16

One of humankind’s biggest challenges: how to generate and store energy.

Series 15

Space doctor Kevin Fong, takes us on a ride from launch to orbit.

Series 14

Anything could happen. Sparks will fly.

Series 13

Dr Alison Woollard explores the mysteries and secrets of life on Earth.

Series 12

In this year's Christmas Lectures we unpick the chemistry of the world around us.

Series 11

Professor Bruce Hood invites you to “Meet Your Brain”.

Series 10

Dr Mark Miodownik takes us on a journey from the microscopic to the massive…

Series 9

Prof Chris Bishop takes us on a 'High-tech Trek' into the world of computers.

Series 8

Dr Hugh Montgomery explores what happens when the body’s systems are pushed to their limit.

Series 7

Marcus du Sautoy attempts to solve... The Num8er My5teries

Series 6

Lloyd Peck journeys through the last truly unexplored corner of the globe... Antarctica.

Series 5

Meteorite-hunter Monica Grady takes us on a 'Voyage in Space & Time'.

Series 4

Join Tony Ryan, as he explores the molecular miracles behind everyday objects.

Series 3

John Sulston lectures on the origins of life and how it has progressed to the present day.

Series 2

Dr Kevin Warwick investigates 'The Rise of the Robots'

Series 1

This year’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on BBC Four explore the world of communication

The Format

The Christmas Lectures have been produced by Windfall Films in collaboration with the Royal institution since 2000. The lectures offer a leading scientist in their field the chance to inspire and entertain children (and adults) with dazzling ideas and spectacular demonstrations.

The lectures were first televised in 1936 – the year that the BBC started broadcasting television in Britain – but they date back to the Royal Institution’s most famous scientist, Michael Faraday, who gave the first Christmas Lectures in 1825.

Many world-famous scientists have given the lectures including Sir David Attenborough, George Porter, Carl Sagan, Dame Nancy Rothwell and Sir John Sulston.

In recent years lecturers have included Monica Grady, Mark Miodownik, Hugh Montgomery and Danielle George.