Substance - A History Of Modern Synthetic Materials

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0101Formica2003070120040405

Wayne Hemingway looks at the miracle materials and substances created by modern science which have become part and parcel of our everyday lives.

First of five programmes examining materials and substances created by modern science that has made such an impact that, without even realising, most of us encounter it every single day.

From linoleum floors and Formica countertops, to kitchen tables and public interiors, at one time Formica practically laminated the entire world.

The first programme reveals how a product originally invented as a substitute for a 'real' material used in insulating components has gone on to develop an authenticity and uniqueness of its own.

0101Formica2003070120040405

Wayne Hemingway looks at the miracle materials and substances created by modern science which have become part and parcel of our everyday lives.

First of five programmes examining materials and substances created by modern science that has made such an impact that, without even realising, most of us encounter it every single day.

From linoleum floors and Formica countertops, to kitchen tables and public interiors, at one time Formica practically laminated the entire world.

The first programme reveals how a product originally invented as a substitute for a 'real' material used in insulating components has gone on to develop an authenticity and uniqueness of its own.

0102Sticky Tape2003070820040412

Presenter Wayne Hemingway discovers the story behind a product that has wrapped itself around our daily lives.

0102Sticky Tape2003070820040412

Presenter Wayne Hemingway discovers the story behind a product that has wrapped itself around our daily lives.

0103Teflon2003071520040406

The story of Teflon, the slipperiest substance on Earth.

An affectionate look at the miracle materials and substances created by modern science, that have become part and parcel of our everyday lives.

Presenter Wayne Hemingway gets to grips with the slipperiest substance on earth - Teflon.

From non-stick pans to building the atomic bomb, what part did this weird waxy polymer have to play? The programme also features low-fat cooking fan, Graham Kerr, the one-time, wine-slurping tv maverick, also known as The Galloping Gourmet.

0103Teflon2003071520040406

The story of Teflon, the slipperiest substance on Earth.

An affectionate look at the miracle materials and substances created by modern science, that have become part and parcel of our everyday lives.

Presenter Wayne Hemingway gets to grips with the slipperiest substance on earth - Teflon.

From non-stick pans to building the atomic bomb, what part did this weird waxy polymer have to play? The programme also features low-fat cooking fan, Graham Kerr, the one-time, wine-slurping tv maverick, also known as The Galloping Gourmet.

0104Astro Turf2003072220040407

Wayne Hemingway hears the story behind a plastic surface originally designed to give city children a place to play.

An affectionate look at the miracle materials and substances that have become part and parcel of our everyday lives. Presenter Wayne Hemingway discovers the story behind a plastic surface that was originally designed to give city children a place to play.

0104Astro Turf2003072220040407

Wayne Hemingway hears the story behind a plastic surface originally designed to give city children a place to play.

An affectionate look at the miracle materials and substances that have become part and parcel of our everyday lives. Presenter Wayne Hemingway discovers the story behind a plastic surface that was originally designed to give city children a place to play.

0105Kevlar2003072920040408

Wayne Hemingway looks at new materials. Kevlar is used in hundreds of products from body armour to fibre-optic cables.

Presenter Wayne Hemingway investigates a miracle fibre that is used in hundreds of products - Kevlar. The BBC's World Affairs Editor, John Simpson, recounts how Kevlar saved his life during the recent Iraq war. This tough-sounding brand name is used in hundreds of products from body armour to boat hulls, fuel hoses to fibre-optic cables, from spacecraft to skis.

0105Kevlar2003072920040408

Wayne Hemingway looks at new materials. Kevlar is used in hundreds of products from body armour to fibre-optic cables.

Presenter Wayne Hemingway investigates a miracle fibre that is used in hundreds of products - Kevlar. The BBC's World Affairs Editor, John Simpson, recounts how Kevlar saved his life during the recent Iraq war. This tough-sounding brand name is used in hundreds of products from body armour to boat hulls, fuel hoses to fibre-optic cables, from spacecraft to skis.