Which kind of drinker are you?

In May 2015 BBC Horizon aired a brilliant episode (CLIP) (CLIP 2) called: “Is Binge Drinking Really That Bad?”, which then smartly was aired by the Dutch on January 1st 2016 on NTR. 

How bad can our drinking pattern be for our health? Doctors and genetically identical twins Chris and Xand van Tulleken want to find out. With the current drinking guidelines under review, the twins embark on self-experimentation to see the effects of different drinking patterns on their health. With Chris drinking 21 units spread evenly across the week and Xand having his 21 in single weekly binges, how will their bodies differ after a month? Catching up with the latest research into alcohol drinking patterns, we ask if moderate drinking is genuinely good for us - and whether binge drinking is really that bad. (BBC) 

  • Results from DNA tests show that the way we get drunk is affected by our genes. 


  • Men should not regularly (every day, or most days per week) drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day 
  • Women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day 
  • If you’ve had a heavy drinking session, avoid alcohol for 48 hours. 

Source: NHS Choices. 

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Please note: Dr Chris and Xand Van Tulleken, under controlled medical supervision, tested the effects of different drinking patterns on their health. Photo Credit: BBC

In July, whilst enjoying a bit of Summer downtime, I kept ticking over with a few days for the BBC on various projects: some filming with Edmund De Waal for an Imagine (dir. Clare Tavenor), a couple of days on Horizon: What’s Killing Our Bees? (dir. Sophie Robinson) and last week some drama recon for The Plantagenets [pictured] (dir. Rosie Schellenberg). I was hot enough in shorts and a T-shirt, never mind a full suit of medieval battle armour!

Horizon: Bees out this Friday 2 Aug:


Playing God.

Dr. Adam Rutherford meets a new creature created by American scientists through again a new brilliant BBC2 Horizon documentary that aired on February 29th 2012 namely the spider-goat’. It is part goat, part spider, and its milk can be used to create artificial spider’s web. It is part of a new field of research, synthetic biology, with a radical aim: to break down nature into spare parts so that we can rebuild it however we please. This technology is already being used to make bio-diesel to power cars. Other researchers are looking at how we might, one day, control human emotions by sending ‘biological machines’ into our brains. Is this the end or a new beginning? Judge for yourself and have a look. A-one-to-watch! Read more