Big Problems With Helen Keen

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The Yorkshire-born alternative comedian begins with the biggest problem of them all.

A new comedy series that explores the triumphs and disasters of human ingenuity. Each week Helen Keen together with co-stars Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane look at the biggest problems that have faced our species since the dawn of time, and describe humanity's incredible and sometimes absurd solutions.

Episode one looks at the biggest problem of them all - death. From praying for life-everlasting to uploading our minds into a giant cloud of data - is there anything at all we can do to avoid it?

Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill

Produced by Gareth Edwards

A BBC Radio Comedy Production.

A new comedy series that explores the triumphs and disasters of human ingenuity. Each week Helen Keen together with with co-stars Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane look at the biggest problems that have faced our species since the dawn of time, and describe humanity's incredible and sometimes absurd solutions.

The Yorkshire-born alternative comedian begins with the biggest problem of them all.

A new comedy series that explores the triumphs and disasters of human ingenuity. Each week Helen Keen together with co-stars Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane look at the biggest problems that have faced our species since the dawn of time, and describe humanity's incredible and sometimes absurd solutions.

Episode one looks at the biggest problem of them all - death. From praying for life-everlasting to uploading our minds into a giant cloud of data - is there anything at all we can do to avoid it?

Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill

Produced by Gareth Edwards

A BBC Radio Comedy Production.

A new comedy series that explores the triumphs and disasters of human ingenuity. Each week Helen Keen together with with co-stars Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane look at the biggest problems that have faced our species since the dawn of time, and describe humanity's incredible and sometimes absurd solutions.

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The problems of finding the perfect mate, including how the bicycle revolutionised sex.

A comic look at the solutions humanity has devised to deal with the fundamental problems of survival, starring Helen Keen, Susy Kane and Peter Serafinowicz. This episode looks at love and the problems of finding the perfect mate, including the invention of computer dating; how we might chemically engineer love; how the bicycle revolutionised sex; having a row in Ikea; and a pair of romantic prairie voles.

The problems of finding the perfect mate, including how the bicycle revolutionised sex.

A comic look at the solutions humanity has devised to deal with the fundamental problems of survival, starring Helen Keen, Susy Kane and Peter Serafinowicz. This episode looks at love and the problems of finding the perfect mate, including the invention of computer dating; how we might chemically engineer love; how the bicycle revolutionised sex; having a row in Ikea; and a pair of romantic prairie voles.

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Helen Keen, Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane explore how to get on with everybody else.

Helen Keen is joined by Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane for a comic account of the big problems that have beset humanity over the centuries, and the surprising ways we have devised to solve them. This episode looks at the challenges posed by other people. What are the unspoken rules that make society work? How can we make the internet polite? How did air-conditioners win an election? And are emoticons completely pointless (sad face)? Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill. Produced by Gareth Edwards.

Helen Keen is joined by Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane for a comic account of the big problems that have beset humanity over the centuries, and the surprising ways we have devised to solve them. This episode looks at the challenges posed by other people. What are the unspoken rules that make society work? How can we make the internet polite? How did air-conditioners win an election? And are emoticons completely pointless (sad face)? Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill. Produced by Gareth Edwards.

Helen Keen, Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane explore how to get on with everybody else.

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20150709 (BBC7)

Helen Keen is joined by Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane for a comic look at humanity's greatest challenges and some of our more surprising solutions. This week, the problem of boredom, and the potential solution that is gamification. Covering everything from bear-baiting to loyalty points, the show also asks how many times you can spot the mystery word? Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill. Produced by Gareth Edwards.

Helen Keen tackles the problem of boredom and the potential solution that is gamification.

Helen Keen is joined by Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane for a comic look at humanity's greatest challenges and some of our more surprising solutions. This week, the problem of boredom, and the potential solution that is gamification. Covering everything from bear-baiting to loyalty points, the show also asks how many times you can spot the mystery word? Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill. Produced by Gareth Edwards.

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Natural resources are dwindling. How can we make sure everyone is fed?

This week's Big Problem with Helen Keen is; Food

Natural resources are dwindling so how can we make sure everyone is fed? How has our food shopping and food production changed? Can science help? Will the future be meals in a pill? But, most importantly, what will Helen have for her tea?

As humanity faces a very big raft of very varied problems, many of them of its own making, here is a series of optimistic, scientifically literate yet comically nimble shows that offer a sweeping overview of the biggest challenges we face and the science behind them. We look at the often surprising solutions of past generations and the likely and unlikely solutions of the future and present a scrupulously researched comedy celebrating human ingenuity.

Written by Helen Keen, Jenny Laville, Lloyd Langford and Carrie Quinlan and special thanks to Laura-Alexandra Smith.
Cast: Helen Keen, Jon Culshaw and Susy Kane.
Producer was Katie Tyrrell and it was a BBC Studios Production.

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Helen look at our perception of women from the past and in the present.

This week's Big Problem with Helen Keen is; Women

You may not immediately identify women as a problem but, when 'normal' has meant 'male' for centuries how does that affect our perception of women from the past and how does it affect women in the present.

As humanity faces a very big raft of very varied problems, many of them of its own making, here is a series of optimistic, scientifically literate yet comically nimble shows that offer a sweeping overview of the biggest challenges we face and the science behind them. We look at the often surprising solutions of past generations and the likely and unlikely solutions of the future and present a scrupulously researched comedy celebrating human ingenuity.

Written by Helen Keen, Jenny Laville, Lloyd Langford and Carrie Quinlan and special thanks to Marc Abrahams and Dr Stuart Richie.
Cast: Helen Keen, Jon Culshaw and Susy Kane.
Producer was Katie Tyrrell and it was a BBC Studios Production.

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Helen asks: who are we? Why do we have a personality?

This week's Big Problem with Helen Keen is; Personality

Who are we? Why do we have a personality? Do different brains give us different personalities? Does our environment shape our personality? Is, as they believed in Shakespeare's day, the liver still the seat of the passions?

As humanity faces a very big raft of very varied problems, many of them of its own making, here is a series of optimistic, scientifically literate yet comically nimble shows that offer a sweeping overview of the biggest challenges we face and the science behind them. We look at the often surprising solutions of past generations and the likely and unlikely solutions of the future and present a scrupulously researched comedy celebrating human ingenuity.

Written by Helen Keen, Jenny Laville, Lloyd Langford and Carrie Quinlan and special thanks to Professor Richard Wiseman.
Cast: Helen Keen, Jon Culshaw and Susy Kane.
Producer was Katie Tyrrell and it was a BBC Studios Production.

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Helen asks: Who cares? Why do we care? If genes are selfish why is altruism attractive?

This week's Big Problem with Helen Keen is; Care

Who cares? Why do we care? If genes are selfish why is altruism attractive? Is fairness built into our brains? What is the future of empathy? What is the cost of love?

We look at how technology can help us deal with keeping an ageing population healthy, happy and independent, and why the latest Japanese nursing robot has the face of a bear. Does technology isolate us, or does it over-connect us. We look at how it can keep us linked to others and feeling 'cared about' at any age, and the vanishing luxury of solitude.

And we ask in an age when rolling global news can tell us about every awful thing under the sun, how could we care less?

As humanity faces a very big raft of very varied problems, many of them of its own making, here is a series of optimistic, scientifically literate yet comically nimble shows that offer a sweeping overview of the biggest challenges we face and the science behind them. We look at the often surprising solutions of past generations and the likely and unlikely solutions of the future and present a scrupulously researched comedy celebrating human ingenuity.

Written by Helen Keen, Jenny Laville, Lloyd Langford and Carrie Quinlan.
Cast: Helen Keen, Jon Culshaw and Susy Kane.
Producer was Katie Tyrrell and it was a BBC Studios Production.