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Neil Jones5,509 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Weren't they all up in arms about Channel 5 moving in on the lectures?

Indeed contrary to how you might expect, the lectures were built around the commercials as opposed to what you might think of editing them in later:

https://thebiologist.rsb.org.uk/biologist/158-biologist/features/1877-the-iguana-escaped-the-eagle-owl-devoured-another-small-participant-and-the-monkey-peed-on-me posted:
each of my [Professor Hugh Montgomery FRSB] five one-hour lectures was recorded live for broadcast on Channel 5. That meant advert breaks, so timing had to be absolutely spot on. I lived in fear, having recurring nightmares about an upcoming exam for which I'd not revised.


Presumably it was the same for the Channel 4 years, though of course for both networks it effectively chopped the length of a lecture by about 10 minutes.
VMPhil9,845 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
The television broadcasts have moved around a lot in recent years.

After being on BBC 2 for over 30 years, they were shown on Channel 4 from 2000-2004, then on Channel 5 from 2005-2008, then More4 in 2009, and BBC Four since 2010.


Seems a very strange fit for Channel 5 really!

Well, it was during that era when they were trying to position the channel as more upmarket. That was around the time they had an arts strand, for example.
noggin14,546 posts since 26 Jun 2001
The television broadcasts have moved around a lot in recent years.

After being on BBC 2 for over 30 years, they were shown on Channel 4 from 2000-2004, then on Channel 5 from 2005-2008, then More4 in 2009, and BBC Four since 2010.


Seems a very strange fit for Channel 5 really!


Channel 5 often did some good quality factual stuff back in the day. There were some excellent Paul Merton travel docs back in the day ISTR.
Steve Williams2,812 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Weren't they all up in arms about Channel 5 moving in on the lectures?


In those days I think they were being offered around to anyone that wanted them. C4 poached the lectures in 2000, and that year BBC2 did a similar programme in its place introduced by Gary Lineker - https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/bbctwo/england/2000-12-25#at-11.15

I get the impression that C4 weren't that bothered about keeping them on after the contract expired so the RI searched for another broadcaster, and finally they came back to the Beeb.

I would probably argue they're higher profile now than in most years, I know they used to be on BBC2 but always during the day, shuffling around the schedules. Whereas now they're in primetime, and they seem to fit pretty well on BBC4 as well.
kernow1,330 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Presumably it was the same for the Channel 4 years, though of course for both networks it effectively chopped the length of a lecture by about 10 minutes.



They were actually cut down by a bit more than that.

During the Channel 5 era, the length of each lecture was around 35-37 minutes long, and in the More4 era from 2009, it was around 48 minutes long.

http://www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures/watch

Although each lecture is now an hour on BBC4, there have only been 3 lectures each year since 2010, but up to and including the Channel 5 era (including the More4 era), there were 5 lectures, so although the Channel 5 lectures were shorter than the previous BBC 2 lectures, the total duration of each series was around the same as it is today.
james-20015,201 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

Presumably it was the same for the Channel 4 years, though of course for both networks it effectively chopped the length of a lecture by about 10 minutes.



They were actually cut down by a bit more than that.

During the Channel 5 era, the length of each lecture was around 35-37 minutes long, and in the More4 era from 2009, it was around 48 minutes long.

http://www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures/watch

Although each lecture is now an hour on BBC4, there have only been 3 lectures each year since 2010, but up to and including the Channel 5 era (including the More4 era), there were 5 lectures, so although the Channel 5 lectures were shorter than the previous BBC 2 lectures, the total duration of each series was around the same as it is today.


Notable that the Channel 4 lectures aren't on that site so there's a gap between 1999 and 2005, do the RI not have the rights to those ones?

The 1999 ones are listed as 1998 as well for some reason.
Neil Jones5,509 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
when the Channel 4 contract was up the BBC said they specifically didn't want them and I suppose Channel 5 got it relatively cheaply. I dare say folks thought there was a possibility of them being dumbed down. However an outlet is an outlet, even if it is Channel 5. Then the entire thing went full circle and now we're back on BBC on BBC Four.

I notice the Channel 4 years are not on the RI website "watch" section but the More4 year (2009) is as are the Channel 5 years. That being said there are still gaps in the BBC years so I presume they'll pop up at some point.
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