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Prime-time BBC science series sets up home at Sussex

Media and Film graduate Lucy Stewart will work as a runner for Bang Goes the Theory, the BBC's University of Sussex-based science show

The University of Sussex is the new home to the BBC's popular science series, Bang Goes the Theory.

The BBC 1 programme, currently preparing to film its fourth series, is fronted by four presenters (Liz Bonnin, Dallas Campbell, Dr Yan Wong and Jem Stansfield) who put science and technology to the test and place science into an everyday context via some entertaining and unusual experiments.

The programme now has a permanent home at the University of Sussex. The production team has been busy this week setting up a studio lab inside a former nuclear physics bunker with 1 metre thick concrete walls which from the 1960s until 2010 housed the University's particle accelerator. The Accelerator Building is also home to Bang's production workshop that was previously based elsewhere in Brighton.

The arrival of Bang Goes the Theory on the Sussex campus marks the start of a special collaboration between the University and the BBC. Aside from providing facilities, University academics will be on hand to advise on experiments and ideas for future programmes. The series will feature exciting science and technology research taking place at Sussex, while science and media students will be helping out with various aspects of the production.

Series Editor Dermot Caulfield says: "I'm really excited about Bang's new home. It's a fantastic space and I'm looking forward to being here for a long time."

University of Sussex Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Allison, who is also head of Research, says: "We welcome Bang Goes the Theory to our campus and wish the programme every success in its new home with us.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the University and the BBC to bring science to the public in an entertaining and informative format.  We aim to provide the very best of research and teaching in the sciences at Sussex and welcome the chance to reach a wider audience with the BBC. We hope that this new collaboration will add to a greater understanding of the importance of scientific knowledge and discovery."

Notes for Editors

The next series of Bang Goes the Theory, based at the University of Sussex, runs on Monday nights from March 14 to May 2 at 7.30pm on BBC1.

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Last updated: Thursday, 3 March 2011