Periodic Tales

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Each tale introduces a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and is narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

2/10.

Brian Perkins dramatises the effects of Helium.

0220051107

Each tale introduces a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and is narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

2/10.

Brian Perkins dramatises the effects of Helium.

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice. 9/10. Charlotte Green on the discovery of Iodine's essential place in brain development.

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice. 8/10. Carole Boyd (Linda Snell) unearths Palladium, another of the bizarre elements.

Evening

Morning

Afternoon

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice. 7/10. Hedli Nicklaus (Cathy Perks) takes on the goblin element of Cobalt.

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice. 6/10. Brian Perkins bravely dramatises the effects of Oxygen. Then News.

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice. 5/10. Carole Boyd (The Archers' Linda Snell) unearths Selenium. Followed by Weather.

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice. 4/10. Charlotte Green takes on the deadly history of Arsenic. Then News.

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice. 3/10. Trevor Harrison (Eddie Grundy in the Archers) finds some unusual properties of Silver.

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice. 10/10. Trevor Harrison reveals that the space station Mir is largely made of Nickel.

Each tale introduces a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and is narrated by a Radio 4 voice. 2/10. Brian Perkins dramatises the effects of Helium.

0320051107

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

3/10.

Trevor Harrison (Eddie Grundy in the Archers) finds some unusual properties of Silver.

0320051107

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

3/10.

Trevor Harrison (Eddie Grundy in the Archers) finds some unusual properties of Silver.

0420051107

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

4/10.

Charlotte Green takes on the deadly history of Arsenic.

0420051107

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

4/10.

Charlotte Green takes on the deadly history of Arsenic.

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Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

5/10.

Carole Boyd (The Archers' Linda Snell) unearths Selenium.

0520051107

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

5/10.

Carole Boyd (The Archers' Linda Snell) unearths Selenium.

0620051107

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

6/10.

Brian Perkins bravely dramatises the effects of Oxygen.

0620051107

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

6/10.

Brian Perkins bravely dramatises the effects of Oxygen.

0720051107

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

7/10.

Hedli Nicklaus (Cathy Perks) takes on the goblin element of Cobalt.

0720051107

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

7/10.

Hedli Nicklaus (Cathy Perks) takes on the goblin element of Cobalt.

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Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

8/10.

Carole Boyd (Linda Snell) unearths Palladium, another of the bizarre elements.

Evening

Morning

Afternoon.

0820051107

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

8/10.

Carole Boyd (Linda Snell) unearths Palladium, another of the bizarre elements.

Evening

Morning

Afternoon.

0920051107

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

9/10.

Charlotte Green on the discovery of Iodine's essential place in brain development.

0920051107

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

9/10.

Charlotte Green on the discovery of Iodine's essential place in brain development.

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Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

10/10.

Trevor Harrison reveals that the space station Mir is largely made of Nickel.

10 LAST20051107

Introducing a single element, the unique role it plays in human existence and narrated by a Radio 4 voice.

10/10.

Trevor Harrison reveals that the space station Mir is largely made of Nickel.

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By Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Everything is made from them: the elements are the universal and fundamental ingredients of all matter. But beyond the laboratory, released from the periodic table in which Dmitiri Mendeleev organised them according to the number of protons in their atoms, they reveal other meanings and tell other stories. Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores 'the curious lives of the elements' through history, literature, science and art.

Mankind has always sought to venerate the rare and the precious, as well as being drawn magpie-like to that which is bright and shiny. First it was gold and then it was platinum.

Reader : Michael Maloney

Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores the curious lives of the elements through history.

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Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores the curious lives of the elements through history.

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Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores 'the curious lives of the elements' through history, literature, science and art.

Some elements heal and some harm: chlorine has saved lives, fluorine, bromine and iodine have all played medicinal roles with varying degrees of effectiveness; but it was to another element that Agatha Christie turned when needing a fictional instrument of murder.

Reader : Michael Maloney

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores the curious lives of the elements through history.

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Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores 'the curious lives of the elements' through history, literature, science and art.

Elements have brought colour and drama to our lives - from the bold pigments of art to the dramatic explosions of fireworks.

Reader : Michael Maloney

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores 'the curious lives of the elements' through history.

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Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores 'the curious lives of the elements' through history.

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Further adventures amongst the building blocks of the universe including the iconic whiteness of calcium which takes us from bones to buildings.

Reader : Michael Maloney

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Further adventures amongst the building blocks of the universe.

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Further adventures amongst the building blocks of the universe.

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Hugh Aldersey-Williams concludes his examination of what lies beyond the Periodic table with a look at elemental discoveries and element tourism.

Reader : Michael Maloney

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams' final examination of what lies beyond the periodic table.

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Hugh Aldersey-Williams' final examination of what lies beyond the periodic table.