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Chemistry in Action

ONE OF THE EERIEST programmes ever. This secondary schools’ science show was a straightforward affair, featuring no more than a man in a white coat performing experiments in a non-descript blue room, a short film of Sellafield or some such installation, animated graphs and the soft tones of Jack Smith. That simple. This led to long periods of silence, often provoking conversation at the back of the class. Each experiment seemed to be timed using a distinctive beige clock with hooks coming out of the side. And the teacher probably made you do the experiment afterwards, for added realism with clock. The spookiness of the show was reinforced by the lack of music over the credits – you had to sit there in silence until “Produced and Narrated by Jack Smith” then “Granada Colour Production” came up. Sorely missed.

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