Currently the scourge of prime time television, talent shows to find who has the saddest back story (and can sing a bit) are testing the patience of those who believe there is more to strive for in life than 15 minutes on the telly box. Step forward then the Museum of Science and Industry, which aims to redesign the talent show for those with a scientific mind. Though it may never make it on to the hallowed turf of ITV, FameLab is looking for the next Brian Cox or Johnny Ball to present science to a new generation with clarity and charisma.  Heats take place on Friday 7 February with the final happening on Valentine’s Day evening. So what better way to say ‘I love you’ than to go and watch a budding scientist explain ‘why men have nipples’. Or ‘how cabbages keep warm in the winter’. Or even ‘why your breath smells worse if you’ve only had a nap than a full night’s sleep’. Contestants have just three minutes to explain a complex science, maths or engineering topic in a dynamic and engaging way to a panel of judges including members of the science department of the Universities of Manchester and Huddersfield, plus BBC science reporter Victoria Gill. It’s certainly more interesting than whatever human waxworks are judging X Factor these days.

Heat 1 & 2, Fri 7 Feb, 12pm – 3pm
Heat 3, Fri 7 Feb, 6pm – 7.30pm
Final Fri 14 Feb, 6pm – 9pm

MOSI, Liverpool Road, M3 4FP, FREE – book to attend,

Fri 7 Feb - Fri 14 Feb
John Stansfield
Published on:
Fri 7 Feb 2014