The Ape That Got Lucky

Comedy series by Chris Addison and Carl Cooper, with Professor Austin Herring (Geoffrey Mcgivern), Jo Enright and Dan Tetsell.

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Chris Addison's spoof lectures exploring human evolution. With Geoffrey McGivern as Professor Austin Herring. From August 2005.

Chris Addison's explores human evolution. With Geoffrey McGivern as Prof Austin Herring.

Exploring the fascinating subject of human evolution, this week we look at the first advantage Mankind has over those other poor saps, the Animals - language.

We begin with a look at the development of the first human language, and why were lucky that it happened in Africa rather than England.

We also look at the number of languages now in use (5,000 or so) and why the people of Lewisham don't seem to have chosen one as yet.

Amongst other things, Professor Herring demonstrates his valve-based translation machine, and we meet a man who thinks his bees are telling him about unsolved crimes.

Chris Addison's spoof lectures exploring human evolution.

With Geoffrey McGivern as Professor Austin Herring.

From August 2005.

Chris Addison's explores human evolution.

With Geoffrey McGivern as Prof Austin Herring.

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Chris Addison's spoof lectures exploring human evolution. With Geoffrey McGivern as Professor Austin Herring. From August 2005.

Chris Addison's spoof lectures exploring human evolution.

With Geoffrey McGivern as Professor Austin Herring.

From August 2005.

Chris Addison explores human evolution.

With Geoffrey McGivern as Professor Herring.

Humans' biggest help in becoming Top Species has been, with one or two notable exceptions, the size of our brains.

According to scientists, these have developed for us to cope with our unpleasantly complicated social lives.

The team look at that idea and the implication that there must have been some other species almost exactly like us which died out because it was incapable of coping with gossip.

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Chris Addison's spoof lectures exploring human evolution. With Geoffrey McGivern as Professor Austin Herring. From August 2005.

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Chris Addison's spoof lectures exploring human evolution. With Geoffrey McGivern as Professor Austin Herring. From August 2005.

Humans like to think that even if evolution has dealt them a neat hand, they have at least made their own luck through their mastery of science and technology.

This episode looks at how many things have been discovered accidentally: from penicillin and the light bulb, to Benjamin Franklin's experiments in electrical storms leading to the discovery of 'Jackass'.

Chris Addison on how man became 'top species'.

From early man to Jackass, wild inventions, and why lions are scared of chairs.

Chris Addison's spoof lectures exploring human evolution.

With Geoffrey Mcgivern as Professor Austin Herring.

From August 2005.

Chris Addison's spoof lectures exploring human evolution. From August 2005.

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Chris Addison's spoof lectures exploring human evolution. With Geoffrey McGivern as Professor Austin Herring. From August 2005.

Chris Addison's spoof lectures exploring human evolution. With Geoffrey Mcgivern as Professor Austin Herring.

Chris Addison explores human evolution.

Are so many of the things we imagine to be human characteristics really just animal ones?

Man is the only species to get excited over a 2 for 1 compost offer.

Chris Addison's spoof lectures exploring human evolution.

With Geoffrey Mcgivern as Professor Austin Herring.