2022 CHRISTMAS LECTURES livestream venues announced by the Royal Institution

Filming of the 2022 CHRISTMAS LECTURES from the Royal Institution (Ri) will be streamed live to venues across the UK, with the first three locations confirmed by the Ri today. 

Sue Black, a white woman, is in a lab with a microscope, she's looking at the camera

It is the first time there has been opportunity to watch the live filming of this iconic television series outside of the Ri’s central London Theatre, since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The three venues announced today are The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, The Armagh Observatory and Planetarium in County Armagh, and Jodrell Bank in Macclesfield, with further locations set to be confirmed shortly. And with tickets to the live filming in the Ri’s Theatre oversubscribed, the return to livestreaming significantly increases the number of people able to experience first-hand the magic of the world’s longest-running science lecture series.

Katherine Mathieson, Director of the Royal Institution, said: “We want to connect as many people as possible with science and this is a wonderful opportunity to extend the reach of this much-loved TV series. 

“The CHRISTMAS LECTURES represent the ideal opportunity to critically examine the impact of science in our lives. So we are delighted to reintroduce the opportunity for many more young people and their families to enjoy the excitement of the Lectures live, in such amazing venues around the country.”

In the series of three 2022 CHRISTMAS LECTURES broadcast on BBC Four in late December, one of the world’s leading forensic investigators, Professor Dame Sue Black, will share the secrets of the real-life scientific detective process she uses to identify both the dead and the living. 

With the public more fascinated by science and forensics than ever, Sue will reveal why we shouldn’t believe everything we see in our favourite TV crime dramas. Using stand-out cases from her remarkable career, she’ll explore the huge leaps forward forensic science has made, as well as some of its limitations, and what the future might hold. And she’ll reveal how real life can be far stranger than fiction.

Filming of the 2022 CHRISTMAS LECTURES will streamed live from the Royal Institution’s iconic theatre on 13, 15 and 17 December 2022, with the Lectures then broadcast on BBC Four and iPlayer between Christmas and New Year. 

Tickets to watch the livestream are available direct from each of the host venues.