On Sunday last weekend, BBC2 aired “Secret Universe: The Hidden Life of the Cell”. It’s a must-see in my book, one of those rare presentations which make TV worthwhile.
BBC2’s blurb states: “This film reveals the exquisite machinery of the human cell system from within the inner world of the cell itself – from the frenetic membrane surface that acts as a security system for everything passing in and out of the cell, the dynamic highways that transport cargo across the cell and the remarkable turbines that power the whole cellular world to the amazing nucleus housing DNA and the construction of thousands of different proteins all with unique tasks. The virus intends to commandeer this system to one selfish end: to make more viruses.”
This is a sneak peek –
It’s all a bit sci-fi, and I don’t know how close to reality the CGI is, but it does a very good job of explaining principles and actions and what happens in one single cell as it’s attacked by a virus: think The War of the Worlds. The whole thing, which is one hour, will probably end up on youtube, but today is the last opportunity to see it on the BBC iPlayer here.