Altrincham raised scientist fronting major BBC series

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ALTRINCHAM raised physicist Helen Czerski saw some of the world’s most spectacular sights when filming for a major new BBC science series.

The 33-year-old Cambridge graduate said The Blue Hole in Belize was one of the most unusual and it can be seen in the forthcoming episode of Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey.

“You’ll have to watch the show to see why, but it’s one of the oddest places I’ve ever been,” she said, of a freak of nature that is more than 400 feet deep.

Helen, who was educated at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, is fronting the three part BBC2 series with Kate Humble.

“The second of the three programmes is focussed on the effect of the earth’s tilt, and we’ll be looking at seasonal changes. In particular I’ll be discussing the Indian monsoon and tornadoes. The third proogramme will be about the effects of the earth’s orbit, and we’ll look at the causes of ice ages,” she said.

Helen works as a researcher at Southampton University and she left Cambridge University with a first in physics before returning to do her PhD.

Dr Czerski hopes the Orbit series will help to take science out of the lab and she added: “I hope that Kate and I show that it’s perfectly possible to have intelligent women out and about exploring the world. The boys have had all the fun for too long!.”

* Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey is on BBC2.on Sundays at 9pm.

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