Cells And Celluloid - A Science And Cinema Special

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Aliens on Film20170309

Cells and Celluloid Live !

Join the Radio 4 Film Show's Francine Stock, science presenter Adam Rutherford and guests from the worlds of film and science for an evening exploring questions of life, the universe and everything.

Where did we get the idea that Martians would be humanoid, like little green men ? Or like Aelita, the Queen Of Mars (the Soviet Union's first sci-fi epic from 1924), or the Devil Girl From Mars, a black-clad siren with shoulder pads the size of aircraft carriers, who came to our planet with only one thing on her alien mind - our men, who she was planning to use as breeding stock. And then there's Mars Attacks ! in which bug eyed monsters laid waste to anything that got in their way, including Tom Jones.

As part of the Radio 4 Mars season were asking what kind of life might Mars support, and looking at how ideas of Martian life have been portrayed in films. Well go on to expand our horizons exploring the potential for life elsewhere in the universe, and seeing where science fact and science fiction films intersect and diverge on this theme.

Francine Stock and Adam Rutherford explore the potential for life across the universe.

Adam Rutherford and Francine Stock explore the relationship between film and science.

Aliens on Film: Part One20170309

With Adam Rutherford and Francine Stock.

Adam and Francine present Part 1 of a special edition of Cells And Celluloid from the Science Museum. As part of Radio 4's Mars Season, astrophysicist Louise Preston, novelist Naomi Alderman and visual FX supervisor Paul Franklin discuss the history and design of aliens in film, from The Devil Girl From Mars to The Martian.

Adam Rutherford and Francine Stock and an audience discuss Mars in the movies.

Adam Rutherford and Francine Stock explore the relationship between film and science.

Aliens on Film: Part Two20170312

Cells and Celluloid Live ! Part 2 of 2

Join the Radio 4 Film Show's Francine Stock, science presenter Adam Rutherford and guests from the worlds of film and science for an evening exploring questions of life, the universe and everything.

Where did we get the idea that Martians would be humanoid, like little green men ? Or like Aelita, the Queen Of Mars (the Soviet Union's first sci-fi epic from 1924), or the Devil Girl From Mars, a black-clad siren with shoulder pads the size of aircraft carriers, who came to our planet with only one thing on her alien mind - our men, who she was planning to use as breeding stock. And then there's Mars Attacks ! in which bug-eyed monsters laid waste to anything that got in their way, including Tom Jones.

As part of the Radio 4 Mars season were asking what kind of life might Mars support, and looking at how ideas of Martian life have been portrayed in films. Well go on to expand our horizons exploring the potential for life elsewhere in the universe, and seeing where science fact and science fiction films intersect and diverge on this theme.

Francine Stock and Adam Rutherford explore the potential for life across the universe.

Adam Rutherford and Francine Stock explore the relationship between film and science.