The Infinite Monkey Cage. Image shows from L to R: Brian Cox, Robin Ince. Copyright: BBC
The Infinite Monkey Cage

The Infinite Monkey Cage

  • Radio factual
  • BBC Radio 4 / BBC Sounds
  • 2009 - 2024
  • 182 episodes (29 series)

Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince. Also features Brian Cox.

  • Due to return for Series 30

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Christmas Special

Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Derren Brown, Diane Morgan, Richard Wiseman and Francesca Stavrakopoulou to reveal the science behind some of our best-loved magic tricks and illusions.

Further details

The Infinite Monkey team bring their own brand of yule-friendly science and comedy to the BBC Radio Christmas schedule, and this year with an extra sprinkling of festive magic. Brian Cox and Robin Ince will be joined on stage by some very special guests to look at the science behind some of our best loved magic tricks and illusions. Comedian and actor Diane Morgan, Professor of Psychology and magician Richard Wiseman, and theologian and broadcaster Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou will all be demonstrating how basic human psychology and evolution allow us to see and believe the seemingly impossible.

They'll be exploring how some basic psychology and maths can lead to some truly impressive deceptions, and ask how easy it is to trick the human mind, even a mind like Brian's. Prepare to be amazed.

Broadcast details

Monday 25th December 2017
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 1st January 2018 8:00pm Radio 4

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