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Oil, Soap and Detergent

Synopsis
A series of six outside broadcasts filmed at the Royal Institution in the late 1950s and early 1960s, The Nature of Things was presented by William Lawrence Bragg with the assistance of Bill Coates. OIL, SOAP AND DETERGENT is the third programme from the series.

Coates recalled Bragg once remarking to him: ‘never talk about science, show it to them’, which is what The Nature of Things set out to do. Like the Christmas Lectures, the programmes were structured around a series of demonstrations and were filmed as a lecture in the Ri’s theatre. Although the filming took place with an audience of adults, the series was aimed at children and broadcast on children’s television.

Original recording: 4 November 1959. Transmission: 26 November 1959. (13 minutes)
Series
The Nature of Things, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2011
Year of production
1959
Subjects
Chemistry; Media studies
Keywords
archive television; detergents; laboratory experiments; soaps; oil

Online availability

URI
http://richannel.org/the-nature-of-things--oil-soap-and-detergent
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Contributor
Lawrence Bragg

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

Royal Institution, The

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