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THE SECRET STORY OF STUFF: MATERIALS OF THE MODERN AGE

1 x 60 mins for BBC 4

 

Welcome to the magical world of materials, where designer, materials engineer and enthusiast Zoe Laughlin explores the stuff that shapes the world around us.

Everything, from the cars we drive to the clothes we wear is manufactured from something. From her workshop at the Institute of Making, Zoe travels the country to discover the alchemy behind the latest developments in the science of those materials. Everlasting dental crowns are being 3D printed in Loughborough. In Chester, vets are repairing broken bones with porous metals. New textiles with thread 8 times stronger than cotton is the latest revolution in fashion and in London, fungus is being used to make a self extinguishing insulation that could revolutionise the construction industry. Bringing these wondrous material innovations back to her workshop Zoe puts them through their paces and in the process reveals why now is the most exciting time to be exploring this Stuff.

 
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CREDITS


BROADCAST
BBC 4 - 2018

DISTRIBUTED BY
OPEN UNIVERSITY

PRESENTER
ZOE LAUGHLIN

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
ALAN HOLLAND
JEZ LEE

FILMED, PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY
PAUL VANEZIS

PRODUCER
EVA MARIA SPIELVOGEL

PRODUCTION MANAGER
LUCY GARDNER