Hans Rosling to return to BBC


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 18 October 2013
  • Copyright: Image appears courtesy of Wikipedia

After the success of the award-winning BBC Four documentary, ‘The Joy of Stats’, the BBC has announced that Professor Hans Rosling will return to make further programmes on statistics, this time for BBC Two.

Rosling, an internationally renowned statistician and professor at the Karolinska Institute will present ‘Don’t Panic - The Truth About Population, an ‘as-live’ studio event featuring cutting-edge infographics, as part of a short series of programmes exploring global population trends for BBC Two’s international current affairs strand This World' (BBC Media Centre, 11th October 2013).

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According to the BBC, the ‘myth-busting show, which includes footage shot in Bangladesh and Mozambique, will explore how a growing population and changes relating to wealth and health are shaping the world of today and tomorrow’ (BBC Media Centre, 11th October 2013).

The programmes will be produced by both the Open University and Wingspan Productions , the latter who made ‘The Joy Of Stats’. It is due to be broadcast this autumn, using the 3D holographic projection system Musion which will allow Rosling to interact with vast datasets in front of a live studio audience. According to the BBC, this will be ‘a first for factual television’.

Rosling is renowned worldwide for his compelling, surprising and often very funny infographic talks which harness the world’s data to explore global trends. This is depicted in ‘The Joy of Stats’ as below. Since 2010 when 'The Joy Of Stats' was first broadcast, this ‘200 countries, 200 years, 4 minutes’ clip from the programme has been seen by nearly six million people.

Wingspan executive producer Archie Baron, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Hans Rosling again. This is the epic story of all of us - who we are and where we’re going - in the hands of a master-story-teller and realised with ground-breaking new technology. It’s about as important and risky as television gets” (BBC Media Centre, 11th October 2013).

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