The Ape That Got Lucky

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01Language And Communication2005080420220627 (BBC7)Chris Addison's exploration of the fascinating subject of human evolution begins with languages.

With over 5,000 or so now in use - why is it fortunate that the original human language developed in Africa rather than England?

We also hears from a man who thinks his bees are telling him about unsolved crimes, and Professor Austin Herring demonstrates his valve-based translation machine.

Starring Chris Addison.

With Professor Austin Herring (aka Geoffrey McGivern ), Jo Enright and Dan Tetsell.

Written by Chris Addison and Carl Cooper.

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2005.

Chris Addison's explores human evolution. With Geoffrey McGivern as Prof Austin Herring.

Comedy series exploring the fascinating subject of human evolution.

Comedy series by Chris Addison and Carl Cooper, with Professor Austin Herring, Geoffrey McGivern, Jo Enright and Dan Tetsell.

1/4. Language and Communication

Exploring the fascinating subject of human evolution, this week we look at the first advantage Mankind has over those other poor saps, the Animals - language.

We begin with a look at the development of the first human language, and why were lucky that it happened in Africa rather than England. We also look at the number of languages now in use (5,000 or so) and why the people of Lewisham don't seem to have chosen one as yet.

Amongst other things, Professor Herring demonstrates his valve-based translation machine, and we meet a man who thinks his bees are telling him about unsolved crimes.

02Social Development2005081120220704 (BBC7)The real story of the human brain.

According to scientists, it's developed to help us cope with our unpleasantly complicated social lives.

A spoof exploration of the fascinating subject of human evolution.

Starring Chris Addison.

With Professor Austin Herring (aka Geoffrey McGivern ), Jo Enright and Dan Tetsell.

Written by Chris Addison and Carl Cooper.

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2005.

Chris Addison explores human evolution.

Comedy series exploring the fascinating subject of human evolution.

Comedy series by Chris Addison and Carl Cooper, with Professor Austin Herring, Geoffrey McGivern, Jo Enright and Dan Tetsell.

2/4. Social Development

Humans' biggest help in becoming Top Species has been, with one or two notable exceptions, the size of our brains. According to scientists, these have developed for us to cope with our unpleasantly complicated social lives.

The team look at that idea and the implication that there must have been some other species almost exactly like us which died out because it was incapable of coping with gossip.

03Science And Progress2005081820220711 (BBC7)Humans like to think that even if evolution has dealt them a neat hand, they have made their own luck through their mastery of science and technology.

But many things, including penicillin and the light bulb, have been discovered accidentally.

A spoof exploration of the fascinating subject of human evolution.

Starring Chris Addison.

With Professor Austin Herring (aka Geoffrey McGivern), Jo Enright and Dan Tetsell.

Written by Chris Addison and Carl Cooper.

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2005.

Chris Addison's spoof lectures exploring human evolution.

Comedy series exploring the fascinating subject of human evolution.

Comedy series by Chris Addison and Carl Cooper, with Professor Austin Herring, Geoffrey McGivern, Jo Enright and Dan Tetsell.

3/4. Science and Technology

Humans like to think that even if evolution has dealt them a neat hand, they have at least made their own luck through their mastery of science and technology. This episode looks at how many things have been discovered accidentally: from penicillin and the light bulb, to Benjamin Franklin's experiments in electrical storms leading to the discovery of 'Jackass'.

04Man Or Monkey2005082520220718 (BBC7)A look at how so many of the things we imagine to be human characteristics are really just animal ones.

Plus a glimpse at where evolution might take the human race next.

A spoof exploration of the fascinating subject of human evolution.

Starring CHRIS ADDISON.

With Professor Austin Herring (aka Geoffrey McGivern), JO ENRIGHT and DAN TETSELL.

Written by CHRIS ADDISON and CARL COOPER.

Producer: SIMON NICHOLLS

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2005.

CHRIS ADDISON explores human evolution.

Comedy series exploring the fascinating subject of human evolution.

Comedy series by CHRIS ADDISON and CARL COOPER, with Professor Austin Herring, Geoffrey McGivern, JO ENRIGHT and DAN TETSELL.

4/4. Man or Monkey

Are so many of the things we imagine to be human characteristics really just animal ones?