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It’s Not Rocket Science

  • Episode: 

    2 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 23 Feb 2016
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 08 2016 : Sat 20 Feb - Fri 26 Feb
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Episode 2
On tonight’s show Ben puts his faith in science as he is strapped inside a two hundred and fifty kilogram wrecking ball and is set on a deadly collision course to hit Romesh.  Rachel discovers how technology is making the dreams of a father of bride come true.  And Romesh goes head to head in a race against a drone and a white van man. 
Series overview
It’s Not Rocket Science, a brand new entertainment series that celebrates science and the world around us through thrilling, big-scale experiments and emotive personal stories. 
Fronted by actor Ben Miller, stand up comedian Romesh Ranganathan and presenter Rachel Riley, all of whom share a passion for science and technology, the fast paced and informative six-part series brings science to life in all its many forms, showcasing brand new gadgets and technology, and using awe inspiring innovation. 
Every week, one of the presenters will put their lives in jeopardy in a series of daredevil, high-risk experiments, where only science can save them. Rachel plays with fire, quite literally, as she zip wires through a wall of flames, Ben Miller finds himself strapped to a high speed wrecking ball and hurtling towards Romesh, and Romesh is pinned to the floor with a full size fridge plummeting towards him. Resident scientist Dr Kevin Fong will preside over the high-octane activity as the trio put their trust in science to survive… 
The show will pose and solve numerous scientific quandaries, telling some emotional human-interest stories along the way. Can cutting-edge robotic exoskeletons enable a disabled father to walk again and fulfill his dream of walking his daughter down the aisle? 
It’s Not Rocket Science will answer questions such as – could your daily sugar intake really fire a rocket over 1,000 metres? Is the suction power of your household vacuum cleaner strong enough to lift a person? How is science influencing the future of technology? Watch in amazement as It’s Not Rocket Science’s car experts engineer the world’s first car controlled by movement and the mind – with Joey Essex on hand to drive it. 
Ben Miller said “Sometimes moving, sometimes mind-blowing, frequently hilarious, It's Not Rocket Science is a science show that will get you right in the feels. If you haven't already got a water cooler then frankly you are going to have to buy one just so you can talk about this show.”
Romesh Ranganathan said “It's not Rocket science" is one of the most exciting shows I've worked on. We're doing some things that I think people are going to be genuinely amazed by. I am, however, slightly disappointed to not be presenting this alone.”
Engaging and accessible, It’s Not Rocket Science is a weekly master class into the marvellous world of science – minus the boring bits. 
Notes to Editors:
Ben Miller studied at Cambridge University for a PhD in solid state physics and has written two books on science, The Aliens Are Coming! and It’s Not Rocket Science 
Rachel Riley has a Masters Degree in Mathematics from Oxford University and is resident mathematician on Channel 4 series Countdown
Romesh Ranganathan taught mathematics before becoming a stand-up comedian