Horizon (1964) and related work:
- Entry: “Nice Guys Finish First” (1986)
- Entry: “The 7/7 Bombers: A Psychological Investigation” (2005)
- Entry: “Allergies: Modern Life and Me” (2014)
- Entry: “First Britons” (2015)
- Entry: “10 Things You Need to Know About the Future” (2017)
- Entry: “Chris Packham: 7.7 Billion People and Counting” (2020)
Horizon (1964) IMDb
Review refers to just a few scattered programs.
Long-running BBC series of 50-minute programs on a broad range of scientific subjects.
Richard Dawkins (cast).
Good introductions to the prisoner’s dilemma (one-off and reiterated) and the tragedy of the commons to explain apparent altruism and why WW1 was so nice.
Good footage from the Milgram and Asch experiments.
Seen in 2015.
Seen in 2018.
Doggerland, mesolithic climate change on the British Isles, early signs of animal husbandry and agriculture etc.
Overly dramatic, and set against a straw-man version of hunters and gatherers as passive inhabitants of unspoilt wilderness, but it is otherwise a pretty good summary.
Seen in 2019.
Rushed and tightly compressed.
Seen in 2020.
An essay on overpopulation. A good balance of simple examples, science, empathy and common sense. The hand-drawn graphs are awful though. Packham is clearly aware of the traditional association between anti-overpopulation movements and racism, but he doesn’t mention any such movements, nor forced sterilization or any other form of institutional birth control. Instead, he clearly demonstrates a working anti-racist understanding of the most central issues, in a friendly and accessible way.