The Real Thing is the title of a six part science documentary series written and presented by James Burke, originally broadcast on BBC One in 1980.



Broadcast dates

Episode first broadcast repeat broadcast video link
1. The Private Eye 20 March 1980 01 November 1983 watch
2. This Way Up 27 March 1980 08 November 1983 watch
3.Time Out of Mind 03 April 1980 15 November 1983 watch
4.The Memory Lingers On 10 April 1980 22 November 1983 watch
5.The View from Within 17 April 1980 29 November 1983 watch
6.Life Sentence (language) 24 April 1980 06 December 1983* watch

*presumed - no listings on BBC Genome for this day


  • watched the series first ime round in 1980

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