In this three-part series of the BBC, Dr. Adam Rutherford tells the extraordinary story of the scientific quest to discover the secrets of the living cell. The first part, The Hidden Kingdom, explores how centuries of scientific and religious dogmas were annulled by the first discoveries of the existence of cells, and how scientists realized that there was, literally, over the life of it seems.
The second part, the chemistry of life, the episode explores how scientists delved deeper into the world of the cell, trying to reveal the magic ingredient that can trigger a set of chemicals in life. Their findings have led us to the brink of being able to create life for ourselves.
The third and final part, The Spark of Life, reveals how knowledge of cells has led us to the brink of one of the most important moments in history. Scientists are close to repeating what has happened only once in four billion years – the creation of a new way of life. Episodes include: The Hidden Kingdom, The chemistry of life, and the spark of life.