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Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« on: October 02, 2011, 11:09:41 pm »
A video from this bloke was mentioned in the Kindle thread.  He's rekindling (no pun intended) my interest in electronics engineering - that I never learned enough about to be much use.

http://youtu.be/0NSd_dbBZlU?t=9m17s

What other broadcasters are doing it for you?
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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2011, 11:23:21 pm »
I once did a live radio commentary lasting about an hour and a half on a chess game played between two BBC Essex presenters. This was from about 7.30 to 9 a.m.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/essex/hi/tv_and_radio/newsid_8176000/8176805.stm was one of the presenters. I've forgotten who the other one was.

It was a pretty dire game - Etholle (pronouced "Ettollie") George scarcely knew the moves. The other chap was OK but not brilliant.

Several people I knew happened to hear the broadcast, which was given no prior publicity, and were very polite about how it went.
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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2011, 01:12:29 pm »
Etholle (pronouced "Ettollie") George scarcely knew the moves.

Ah! Thanks for that - I knew how to pronounce her name but never knew how to spell it. She used to be Etholle Pegram/Pegrum/Pegrom/Pegrem until she got married. Must be Cornish, I reckon.

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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2011, 02:03:13 pm »
I once did a live radio commentary lasting about an hour and a half on a chess game played between two BBC Essex presenters. This was from about 7.30 to 9 a.m.

Do you have a recording of it?  Could make a killing in the insomnia treatment market.  ;)
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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2011, 02:07:26 pm »
I was thinking when reading Wow's post of Saturday's Dr Who finale, the one with the chess pieces charged to 4 million volts if you don't move within a certain time :)

it'd make for a more interesting commentary...

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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2011, 08:42:43 am »
Does Fred Dibnah quality?  He's a hero of mine.  A triumph of enthusiasm and practical examples by the man himself.

One episode of his show I remember was about joining two boiler plates together using hot metal fastners.  It was rivetting.

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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2011, 08:52:47 am »
Fred Dibnah was a great example.  Although steam engines aren't dull to anyone, are they?  ;)
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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2011, 08:55:51 am »
Fred Dibnah's subjects, although often technical, were far from dull. Steam engines are fascinating things - relics from a bygone age and the fact that they work at all is a wonder in itself. As for demolishing chimneys - every toddler knows the satisfaction to be had from knocking down a pile of bricks. Fred just never grew up.
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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2011, 09:02:43 am »
Johnny Ball.

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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2011, 09:20:44 am »
Johnny Ball's another good one.  What's he doing now?

Back to the bloke in the OP: he's making a living purely from the advertising on his YouTube videos.  What an exciting concept that anyone now can become a popular broadcaster without the help of television or radio, just as long as they have a likeable style of communicating.
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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2011, 09:30:33 am »
Fred Dibnah's subjects, although often technical, were far from dull. Steam engines are fascinating things - relics from a bygone age and the fact that they work at all is a wonder in itself. As for demolishing chimneys - every toddler knows the satisfaction to be had from knocking down a pile of bricks. Fred just never grew up.

Always good to see again in my opinion.  Is there anyone who can watch this without getting sweaty palms? <a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/3R3-YwDZrzg&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/3R3-YwDZrzg&rel=1</a>
 

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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2011, 11:30:25 am »
Jim Al-Khalili did pretty well on Chemistry a Volatile History.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2011, 11:37:51 am »
I like Jim Al-Khalili a lot. He's much more interesting on science matters than Brian Bloody Ubiquitous Bloody Irritating Bloody Cox. Mainly because he doesn't aim his stuff at the lowest common denominator audience.

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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2011, 11:54:49 am »
Jim Al-Khalili?  Never heard of him.  *Looks on YouTube*  Have now.  Thanks!

That's exactly what I was hoping this thread would do.
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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2011, 12:00:21 pm »
Biggsy, I recommend you check out Little Atoms on Resonance FM (broadcast in London area, also available as a podcast). I think that was where I first encountered Jim Al-Khalili.

http://www.littleatoms.com/

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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2011, 12:04:02 pm »
Thanks citoyen.
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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2011, 12:51:46 pm »
You might like Marcus du Sautoy too then.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #18 on: October 04, 2011, 01:29:09 pm »
I always like Julian Richards when he did the meet the ancestors series  - really brought stuff alive.

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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #19 on: October 04, 2011, 04:00:50 pm »
Can anyone beat the late, great Eric Laithwaite?
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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2012, 08:32:56 pm »
Another one, Andrew Graham-Dixon art historian and critic.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2012, 09:40:32 pm »
Robbie Coltrane did a pretty good series a few years ago.  He even managed to explain a crossplane V8, which would make most people's brains melt.
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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2012, 10:21:22 pm »
Any of the above, plus Michael Mosley, Sir Patrick Moore, Fred Talbot, Mark Williams.  Possibly even Brian 'amaaazing' Cox, although that Oldham accent is starting to grate a bit even here.
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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #23 on: January 10, 2012, 12:06:56 am »
Any Horizon-type programme about cosmology or the search for the Higgs Boson will be watched by me (tonight's one presented by Jim al-Khalili I found to be rather lacking in depth) anyway... and I like Michio Kaku (his books are great as well).

I find Michael Mosely and VS Ramachandran very good because they get me interested in subjects that normally don't excite me (medicine and neuroscience respectively).

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Re: Engaging enthusiastic broadcasters on dull technical subjects
« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2012, 03:46:20 pm »
No-one's mentioned Adam Hart-Davis yet.

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