The UCLH guide to TV this Christmas 

24/12/2015 00:00 
Not sure what to watch on the telly over Christmas? Need help in deciding what to mark off in your TV listings guide? Well, here are some UCLH highlights.

You could travel back in time to meet detective duo Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in a Christmas special filmed on location near University College Hospital. Alternatively, you could explore the mysteries of time and space with UCLH consultant anaesthetist and space medicine expert Kevin Fong in a three-part series.

 How to survive in space, BBC 4, 28, 29 and 30 December at 8pm

The prestigious Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures, presented by Kevin Fong, include explosive live experiments and Q&As with British astronaut Tim Peake, live from the International Space Station 400km above earth.

How do you control the energy of 300 tonnes of liquid fuel? What happens to your body if you don’t wear a spacesuit? And how do you catch up with a space station travelling at 17,500 mph to finally get inside?

Kevin said: “Sending a human into space is one of the most complex things that we as a species are capable of. It’s amazing to think there have been people up there orbiting the Earth since 2000. When you realise and appreciate what it takes to put them there and keep them alive, you begin to think that with enough determination anything must be possible.”  

He added: “I hope these Lectures help to show that science is the ultimate team effort. To send a human into space requires the combined imagination and creativity of thousands upon thousands of people, from a huge range of scientific and engineering disciplines, all working together.”

Over the past decade Kevin has worked alongside the British National Space Centre and UK Space Agency. He is also the founder and associate director of the Centre for Altitude Space and Extreme Environment Medicine at University College London (UCL) and is a regular contributor to NASA’s Human Space Exploration Programme.

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Sherlock -- The Abominable Bride, BBC 1 1 January at 9pm

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, this Christmas special was partly filmed in North Gower Street just across the road from University College Hospital – much to the delight of staff and patients who wandered across the Euston Road to take a peek.

A door next to Speedy’s Café was transformed into 1895 and 221B Baker Street. After filming in February this year, some of the stars of the show, including Sherlock himself,  visited staff and patients on T12 South.

Sherlock is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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