Redesigning The Human Body

Len Fisher wonders how the body would work if we had a go at remaking ourselves.

Episodes

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01A Spare Pair Of Arms And Eyes In The Back Of My Head2006010220060904
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Len Fisher picks up some tips for redesigning humans from the animal kingdom.

Discovering how the body might work if we had a go at remaking ourselves, Len Fisher picks up some tips from the animal kingdom.

Wouldn't it be great to have an extra limb or to see behind you? Len heads to the zoo to pick up some tips from the animal kingdom.

02Moving Along2006010320060911
20100105 (BBC7)
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A physicist and a toy maker help Len Fisher try rolling and hopping.

Getting around would be much easier with wheels or springs. A physicist and a toy maker help Len Fisher try rolling and hopping.

Getting around would be much easier with wheels or springs.

Getting around would be so much easier with wheels or springs.

With the help of a physicist and a toymaker, Len gives rolling and hopping a try.

03Having The Guts2006010420060918
20100106 (BBC7)
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Len Fisher discovers whether science can solve the problems of the human digestive system.

Indigestion, reflux and excess gas. Len Fisher discovers whether science can solve the problems of the human digestive system.

Indigestion, reflux and excess gas.

The human digestive system is a designer's nightmare, with indigestion, reflux, stomach-aches, constipation and involuntary leakage among its many problems.

Len visits the University of the West of England, to meet a man who has designed a robot - Eco-bot, with a digestive system of its own.

04Banish The Aches2006010520100107 (BBC7)
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Len Fisher discovers how an overhaul would benefit our incredibly vulnerable joints.

Sprained ankles and twisted knees. Len Fisher discovers how an overhaul would benefit our incredibly vulnerable joints.

Sprained ankles and twisted knees.

Knee pain is a common complaint, especially among runners such as Len Fisher, who has had two operations to correct the wear in his knees.

Who wouldn't want to banish the pains of creaky joints and bones, far better to have something which came with a lifetime guarantee.

Len, and Jeff Odell join forces with anatomist Mo Sharif, to work out whether we could design more robust joints, or a better skeleton altogether?

05 LASTThe Skin We're In2006010620060925
20100108 (BBC7)
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20111127 (BBC7)
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Len Fisher dreams about what he could do to make his skin more appealing.

Len Fisher confronts his reflection, and dreams about what he could do to make his skin more appealing.

Sunburn, rashes, cuts, spots, chafing, wrinkles - our skin brings us no end of problems - vulnerable to damage, loosening as we age.

What if instead of being rough and red or pale and pimply, our skin could be as vibrant as a bird's plumage or a lizard's scales? Contemplating his own skin in a theatre dressing room, Len is joined by consultant dermatologist David De Berker and biomimeticist Julian Vincent, to wonder what it would be like to shed our skin for something completely different.