Find out everything you need to know about attending and watching the 2022 Lectures.

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When will the CHRISTMAS LECTURES be on TV?

The CHRISTMAS LECTURES will be on BBC Four between Christmas and New Year. We'll update this page when we have a final date and time.

When are the CHRISTMAS LECTURES being filmed?

  • Tuesday, 13 December 2022
  • Thursday, 15 December 2022
  • Saturday, 17 December 2022

If you have a ticket to attend the lectures, filming will start at 6.00pm and we ask all attendees to arrive at the Ri by 5.15pm at the latest. For continuity in filming, it will not be possible to seat anyone arriving after filming has begun, even if there is a break in the recording.

As the events are being filmed live, it is difficult to give an exact finish time. However, from previous experience we estimate that filming will finish at around 8.30pm.

Read more FAQs for CHRISTMAS LECTURES attendees here.

How can I watch past CHRISTMAS LECTURES?

You can watch our archive of Christmas lectures here on our website.

Can I watch a live streaming of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES outside London?

Yes - we have announced streaming events at 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. Find out more here.

Where can I find the terms and conditions for attending the CHRISTMAS LECTURES filming?

You can read those here.

How do I get tickets for next year's CHRISTMAS LECTURES?

Tickets for the Christmas lectures are allocated by ballot to Ri Members. If you'd like to enter for next year's ballot, you need to become a Member which you can do here.

The ballot is open to all Ri Members, Ri Young Members  and Ri Patrons, as well as Ri Corporate Members and Partners.

All Ri Members and Patrons are eligible for one entry per membership. Your membership must be valid at the time you enter the ballot.