Sky's TV Science 'Fraud' Is Blown out of the Water ; Producers Accused of Using Dynamite to Fix Experiment
Baracaia, Alexa, The Evening Standard (London, England)
Media Correspondent A TV science programme stands accused of faking experiments to make them more exciting.
Brainiac, the award-winning Sky One series fronted by Richard Hammond of BBC2's Top Gear, faces criticism from scientists who say its makers turn to special effects when their experiments do not work. In one episode the show explained how a full bath tub would explode when volatile metals rubidium and caesium were dropped into the water.
It is claimed that when the experiment did not have the desired effect, producers simply rigged the tub with dynamite.
While Hammond talks viewers through the procedure as if it is for real, close inspection reveals a wire leading out of the bath.
Ben Goldacre, a neuroscientist and founder of website badscience.net, claims the show habitually fakes its results and justifies the pretence by claiming it is "entertainment".
He said: "Some scientists and teachers have been saying for a while that Brainiac …
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Publication information: Article title: Sky's TV Science 'Fraud' Is Blown out of the Water ; Producers Accused of Using Dynamite to Fix Experiment. Contributors: Baracaia, Alexa - Author. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: July 28, 2006. Page number: 15. © Not available. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.