Wonders of Life: Expanding Universe
Thursday, 8.30pm, ABC1 In the second episode of his five-part natural history series, Brian Cox kicks thing off with a Darth Vader impersonation. Of course this is not intentional — the professor is simply underwater in scuba gear off the coast of LA. But the tinny sound quality and the requirement to break his sentences with sharp intakes of breath is highly reminiscent of the Dark Lord. The point of this series is to bring more science to the sheer love of nature that, say, David Attenborough imparts in similar documentaries. Cox is relentlessly cheerful. In last week’s debut he found it entirely gigglesome that an orangutan wore a hat — now who could be wittier than that? At the time he was flicking through the creature’s DNA sequence on his iPad on the jungle floor, as you do. Lord Vader, I mean Cox, is on the sea floor in search of the mantis shrimp, which has some of the most sophisticated eyes on the planet. And so on.