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To Boldly Go (2 Parts)

Synopsis
This two-part series traces the extraordinary journey that took humans from the depths of the ocean to the edge of space - and beyond. We think of ourselves as a global species, but in fact we can only comfortably survive on less than a quarter of the Earth’s surface.
Doctor of Extreme Medicine Kevin Fong looks at how we’ve managed to do it. In these two programmes he uses his own body to demonstrate how we are affected by extreme environments. Exploring the sophisticated technologies that protect us, he also showcases the artificial life systems and wizardry that have made our adventures possible. In this two-part series Kevin Fong sets out to discover how unsuited human biology is to living on much of the planet - and how we have developed the technology to let us survive there.

DOWN - In this first programme,about how to survive underwater, Dr Fong escapes from a sinking helicopter, walks through a tank of sharks in an antique diving suit and intentionally gives himself nitrogen narcosis. He also discovers how submarines operate by enclosing the crew in a hull strong enough to protect them from the extreme pressures outside - and lets them live in an atmosphere exactly like that at the surface.

UP - The second programme investigates how the body responds to altitude. The short answer to that question is ‘badly’ - as Dr Fong finds out, climbing one of the tallest mountains in the Alps and subjecting himself to a sudden depressurization to 25,000 feet. However, although we struggle to deal with altitude, the defining story of 20th-century technology was our quest to leave the surface of the earth behind and travel up through the atmosphere and into space.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2012
Year of production
2012
Notes
Broadcast in two weekly parts on BBC2, beginning 15 January 2012
Subjects
Biology
Keywords
altitude; human biology; physiology - human

Credits

Contributor
Kevin Fong

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£195.00 each part or £390.00 series
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
50 minutes each
Year
2012

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Active

Email
bbcactive.bbcstudies@pearson.com
Web
http://www.bbcactive.com/ External site opens in new window
Fax
020 7010 6965
Address
Mezzanine
80 Strand
London
WC2R 0RL
Notes
The BBC Active site, now run by Pearson Education, brings together the previously separate BBC collections covering English Language Learning (formerly BBC ELT), resources for foreign language learning, and the Schools section. The main section of the site is Broadcast Learning (previously known as BBC Videos for Education and Training and more recently BBC Learning) which lists a selection of general output broadcast programmes that BBC Active can supply for purchase by educational institutions. If a particular programme is not listed in this section it can be requested and usually supplied ‘on demand’, subject to rights clearances. Sale on DVD/video, and digital licences are also available to allow BBC training and education videos to be shown in online environments.

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