Tuesday, 14 September 2010

"Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds" ~ a television delight

I hope everyone in New Zealand watched this show last evening.  I sat spellbound for a full hour watching the first episode.  As a keen photographer, nature watcher and writer, I was entranced by the detail, the fabulous visuals and well thought-out commentary.

Richard Hammond is familiar to New Zealand viewers as a presenter of "Top Gear" and for his appearance in recent Telecom advertisements.  His role as front man for a nature show came as a surprise and a very pleasant one, I must say.  He's a first rate presenter. 

Subject matter ranged from the shock waves from explosions to the speed at which fungal spores shoot out from horse manure, how bumblebees and moths fly, images of atmospheric 'sprites' following certain electrical storms, lightning that travels upwards and much more.

Richard points out that the human eye is capable of seeing in great detail, but that our brains take longer to process than our eyes do to see things.  This means that there are things that we can see but which we don't register because things are moving too fast.  Other things are too small for us to see with the naked eye.  We are shown how the modern technologies of powerful magnification and extremely high speed film played back slowly enable us to see and learn about things in a new way.  The camera work is superb.

If you did miss it all is not lost - there are two more episodes in store which screen on TV1 on Mondays at 8.30pm.

The DVD is available from Amazon.co.uk
Note the five star ratings from all three reviewers!

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