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Secret Universe: The Hidden Life of a Cell is an hour long documentary that aired on BBC Two October 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM.  The programme was produced and directed by Mike Davis and narrated by David Tennant.

Synopsis: There is a battle playing out inside your body right now. It started billions of years ago and it is still being fought in every one of us every minute of every day. It is the story of a viral infection - the battle for the cell.

Pick of the Day - The Sunday Times - Victorai Segal

"They might be tiny — often no more than 100th of a millimetre across — but human cells can be just as mind-blowing as the Big Bang.

It makes sense this documentary is narrated by David Tennant, with his Doctor Who afterglow: the sci-fi graphics ensure the sci-fact wonders within are as exciting as teatime drama."

The Wellcome Trust set up an interactive website so people could explore the subject further.

"Drawing on the very latest cellular discoveries, the astonishing interior world of a human cell will be brought to life in a new programme to air on BBC Two this weekend.

Produced by Wide-Eyed Entertainment and supported by two Wellcome Trust broadcast grants.  

The programme features contributions from Professor Bonnie L Bassler of Princeton University, Dr Nick Lane and Professor Steve Jones of UCL, and Cambridge University's Susanna Bidgood.

It is the life story of a single epithelial lung cell on the front line of the longest war in history, waged across the most alien universe imaginable: our battle against viral infection." - - October 19, 2012

To read a great article about how the documentary was made click here.

"Lavish CGI and a David Tennant narration bring to life the wonders of molecular biology.

It’s the story of what happens when an adenovirus attacks a human cell, but played out as if it were an epic sci-fi battle in a prog-rock album cover world.

The virus looks like a mini Death Star; white blood cells are giant semolina footballs; proteins clank around like metal machines.

It’s lovingly done and a bit mad, but it works as a vivid primer in the world of endosomes and ribosomes. And the next time you get a cold you’ll be able to picture exactly what’s happening in your body, a few million times over."

Radio Times - David Butcher - October 20, 2012

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