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How to make a science documentary

Posted by Martin Poulter on 2 December 2012

It’s great that the BBC is making a large number of high-quality documentaries about science recently, but when you watch them all, you start to see a pattern. You start to wonder if someone can do for this genre what Charlie Brooker did for TV news. (Thanks to Steve for suggesting this idea)

[Speeded-up footage of city streets at night]
[BBC logo]
[Speeded-up footage of pedestrians in a busy city centre]
[The presenter sits among the hurrying pedestrians]

Presenter: In the modern world, it’s easy to take science documentaries for granted. We seem them all around us, perhaps without realising the ingenuity and the agony it took to make them commonplace. This programme will take you through that long, complex, passionate journey, and it all begins with a single step: me repeating what I’ve just said in voiceover.

[Speeded-up footage of a sunset over city skyline]
Presenter (VO): Now I’m repeating what I just said, but in voiceover. Read the rest of this entry »

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