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Colour: The Spectrum of Science

Colour: The Spectrum of Science is a three-part BBC documentary series hosted by Dr. Helen Czerski, revealing what colour is, what colour does, and why colour doesn't exist outside of our perception. We live in a world ablaze with colour. Rainbows and rainforests, oceans and humanity, Earth is the most colourful place we know of. But the colours we see are far more complex and fascinating than they appear. In this series, Dr. Helen Czerski uncovers what colour is, how it works, and how it has written the story of our planet - from the colours that transformed a dull ball of rock into a vivid jewel to the colours that life has used to survive and thrive. But the story doesn't end there - there are also the colours that we can't see, the ones that lie beyond the rainbow. Each one has a fascinating story to tell.

Episode 1 - Colours of Earth


Episode 1 - Colours of Earth
Dr. Helen Czerski seeks out the colours that turned planet Earth multicoloured. To investigate the essence of sunlight Helen travels to California to visit the largest solar telescope in the world.

Episode 2 - Colours of Life
The raw, early Earth had plenty of colour, but that was nothing compared with what was going to come next. That canvas was about to be painted with a vast new palette - and the source of those colours was life.

Episode 3 - Beyond the Rainbow
The Colours that we see are only a fraction of what's out there. Beyond the rainbow there are colours invisible to our eyes. To see the universe in a whole new light, Helen takes to the skies in a NASA jumbo jet equipped with a 17-tonne infrared telescope.


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