So, what’s in store for series four? Once again
we’ve given the entire series a theme, more demanding
than the hunt for gold: this time, we're planning for
a mission into space! But if the producers thought they
were going to stump the scientists, they were wrong;
the tougher you make the challenges, the more ingenious
our scientists become.
But where to film such a demanding challenge? Where
else but one of the most demanding places on Earth,
Death Valley. We based ourselves just outside the Death
Valley National Park in an old abandoned mine building.
Having heard that Death Valley is often 50°C in
the summer I was getting worried, but the producer reassured
us that as the mine is 1500 metres above sea level,
it rarely gets hotter than 40°C, so it shouldn’t
be too bad.
So, we had a location, what about the Rough Scientists?
The essential Rough Science mix remains the same; a
group of five scientists making magic with everyday
items, in order to solve a series of scientific puzzles
- and all in just three days. But this year a new scientist
joined the team - for the first time the scientists
had a geologist in their midst.
Over the course of this six part series, you'll be
able to follow the team's progress as they overcome
challenges that real space scientists have to solve
- only without the luxury of millions of dollars funding,
working against the clock and having to rely on whatever
they can lay their hands on. And you can read their
own take on the tasks I set them by reading the scientists'
Making the series was hard work, but great fun too.
I really hope you enjoy watching the series as much
as we enjoyed making it.