Space Time

I thought anyone reading my rather gloomy recent posts could probably do with a laugh so I thought I’d put this up.

These clips contain a short item  I did about nine or ten years ago for the BBC series Space, which was presented by Sam Neill. Originally we were going to demonstrate wormholes using a snooker table, clever editing and reversed video. The producer, Jeremy,  decided that wouldn’t look spectacular enough so instead we went to St Anton in Austria: I was flown over the Alps in a helicopter and then driven through the Arlberg tunnel in an impressively fast car. Well worth the cost to license fee payers, I’m sure, even if the three-day trip to Austria by me and a crew of six as well as the hire of the helicopter ended up as a mere three minutes of screen time…

The episode I was in, the last of 6 in the series, was called To Boldly Go. I remember suggesting to the producer that the only way to travel faster than light in the manner required was with a split infinitive drive, but they didn’t use that in the final script.

Notice how, in the helicopter sequence, I give the appearance of being completely terrified. A fine piece of acting by me, I thought. *Cough*

Unfortunately my bit is quite a long way into the first clip, so you need to wait until about 09.00, and it runs over the join into the second clip

The item is daft, I know, and I don’t really believe any of that stuff about wormholes… but it was great fun doing it.

5 Responses to “Space Time”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    Nice to know license payers’ money is well spent… all they had to do was find film of a train going into a tunnel and out the other end.


  2. I always wonder if prudish train-spotters watch porn to avoid getting too excited by the sight of real trains going into actual tunnels.

  3. I thought you looked more terrified riding in that car than in the helicopter! I enjoyed the clips, I hadn’t seen that show before.

  4. telescoper Says:

    I found the helicopter thing very difficult. First, I’m very scared of heights. Second, the pilot was quite mad and flew us very close to the mountains. And third, there was constant chatter on my headphones between the pilot and camera operator (for the camera on the front of the helicopter) while I was doing my piece. It was very hard to concentrate with all that going on.

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