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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
  • 189 episodes (30 series)

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


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Series 22 - Lockdown Podcast, Episode 1 - The End of the Universe

Brian Cox and Robin Ince are back for new series, for now at least, as they take an upbeat look at all the different ways our Universe might end.

Further details

Brian Cox and Robin Ince take an upbeat look at all the different ways our Universe might end. They are joined by legendary comedians Steve Martin and Eric Idle, alongside astrophysicist Katie Mack and cosmologist Brian Greene, to find out which end the panel might prefer.

Will we go with the Big Rip or possibly the Big Crunch, or even death by giant bubble that expands so rapidly it wipes out our universe almost instantly? On that cheery note the panel vote for their favourite apocalyptic ending and wonder what they might be doing and what they hope to have achieved when the final moment comes.

Broadcast details

Monday 25th May 2020
BBC Sounds
40 minutes

Cast & crew

Brian Cox Host / Presenter
Robin Ince Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Eric Idle Guest
Steve Martin Guest
Brian Greene Guest
Katie Mack Guest
Production team
Alexandra Feachem Producer
Eric Idle Composer


How did The Infinite Monkey Cage's virtual audience go?

Earlier this week, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the BBC recorded its first programme with a live audience listening from home. Could this be the new normal for radio comedy shows?

Steven McIntosh, BBC, 2nd June 2020

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