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Life On The Line- Australia


Believe in science – and then bet your life on it

In this fascinating new series, Todd Sampson, the award-winning documentary-maker, puts his faith in science to the ultimate test in a series of epic experiments. In each episode he is quite literally putting his life on the line by trusting the laws of physics.
The laws of physics govern every aspect of life on this planet. They are one of the few things in life that are universal, immutable and also predictable. We rarely think about them, yet they impact everything we do. Across the series Todd explores the fascinating world of physics, embarking on a series of challenges to reveal these powerful forces. With the help of some of Australia’s leading young physicists, along with a first-class construction and safety team, each episode follows Todd’s journey from the kernel of an idea through to a daring experiment that will show physics in action on an incredible and mind-blowing scale. These bold experiments are at the mercy of weather conditions, human error, mechanical failure - and Todd’s own willpower – however, the science on which they are based remains absolute. But it’s one thing to believe in the science, and quite another thing to bet your life on it. Life on the Line has been beautifully filmed at destinations across Australia and New Zealand and is visually poetic in how it reveals the invisible forces around us. The series is a great watch for science fans – and indeed anyone with even a small amount of curiosity about the world around them.

Programme Information

  • Genre: Factual Entertainment

  • Subgenre: Science

  • Producers: Screentime Pty

  • Broadcaster: Australian Broadcasting Corp

  • Duration: 6 x 30'

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