Q.E.D. (British TV series)

Q.E.D. (quod erat demonstrandum, Latin for "that which was to be demonstrated") was the name of a strand of BBC popular science documentary films which aired in the United Kingdom from 1982 to 1999.[1]

Q.E.D. title card
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Executive producer(s)Mick Rhodes (1982–84), David Filkin (1985–91), Simon Campbell-Jones (1992), Susan Spindler (1993–94), Tim Haines (1994), Lorraine Heggessey (1995–97), Michael Mosley (1998–99)
  • Alec Nisbett
  • Liz Tucker
  • Emma Walker
  • John Hayes-Fisher
  • Andrew Thompson
Running time30 min
Original networkBBC1
Picture formatPAL
Original release1982 


Running in a half-hour peak-time slot on the BBC's primary mass-audience channel BBC1, the series had a more populist and general interest agenda than the long-running Horizon series which aired on the more specialist channel BBC2.

Horizon could often be difficult for a scientific novice, requiring a modicum of background knowledge beyond the reaches of many viewers, so Q.E.D. was a more approachable way of introducing scientific stories.

Some notable films

See also

  • EquinoxChannel 4 popular science series, last aired in 2001
  • Horizon – comparable BBC2 strand, on air since 1964
  • Nova – documentary series on PBS in the United States, which often bought in and re-voiced Equinox and Horizon films


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