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I have been enjoying a weekly internet TV show produced by Robert Llewellyn, the actor who portrays Kryten 2X4B-523P in the popular TV series Red Dwarf. Its called Car Pool. And the idea behind it is novel and very successful.

Basically it’s a half hour interview with a personality from the worlds of science, theatre, televisions and technology. The intriguing feature is that the interview takes place while Llewellyn drives the subject somewhere in his car. The produces a very informal, even laid back, and friendly interaction. And it’s surprising how much information can be conveyed in this format.

The videos are available for viewing or downloading at Llewtube and Llewtube on blip.tv. If you follow Llewellyn on twitter you can also suggest questions for upcoming interviews.

The video below, this is car pool, includes snippets from the series

I must have watched about 10 programmes now and enjoyed them all. Here are two which will be of particular interest to those with a science bent:

Dr Alice Roberts: She is a British anatomist, osteoarchaeologist, anthropologist, television presenter, and author. I think she did an excellent job as the narrator in the BBC series The Incredible Human Journey

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Professor Brian Cox: He is a member of the High Energy Physics group at the University of Manchester, and works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. Brian is involved in science TV and Radio programmes produced by the BBC. These are always of great value. In this car pool interview he gave a particularly brief and clear description of string theory.

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See also:

Car Pool: Red Dwarf’s Robert Llewellyn takes his friends for a ride
Robert Llewellyn has a new show!
Robert Llewellyn website
Human genetic history

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