The CHRISTMAS LECTURES are the world's leading science lectures for young people and have been inspiring children and adults alike since 1825.
Initiated by Michael Faraday when organised education for children was scarce, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES established an exciting new way of presenting science to young people.
The Lectures have continued annually since 1825, stopping only during World War II. World-famous scientists have given the Lectures, including Nobel Prize winners William and Lawrence Bragg, Sir David Attenborough, Carl Sagan and Dame Nancy Rothwell.
First broadcast in 1936, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES is the oldest science television series. They have been broadcast every year since 1966 on the BBC and in later years on Channel Five, Channel Four and more4. In 2010, the Lectures returned to BBC Four.
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In the 2021 CHRISTMAS LECTURES, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jonathan Van-Tam is joined by a host of top UK scientists to take a deep dive into the science of viruses.
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