In 2011, I presented Jack and the Genetically Modified Beanstalk – a
scientific pantomime – which was broadcast on Christmas eve on BBC
Radio 4, and repeated on Radio 4 Extra on Dec 22nd 2012. This panto
with a twist, which I also devised, revealed - via interviews with
experts - how
close real-life science has come to making familiar pantomime scenarios
such as genies that obey our commands, a beanstalk strong enough for a
person to climb, and flying carpets, come true. Actors Tom Glenister,
Roger May, Sam Dale, Keith Drinkel, Jane Whittenshaw, and Sara Markland
brought the panto characters to
life, and their dramatised scenes were written by John Peacock. Please
to read a short article featuring the programme that was published in
the Institute of Physics magazine Interactions.
Radio Pick, Daily Mail Weekend Supplement December 17 2011, "…Sharon
Holgate presents this intriguing programme that mixes panto drama with
hard facts to show us how scientists are making magic happen.”
Jaffrey and I at the
recording in 2004.
© Julian Mayers and Sharon Ann Holgate
To read more about my 2005 BBC Radio 4 programme The Indian Particle Man
please click here. This half-hour documentary, that I devised, wrote
and presented, was a biography of the Indian physicist S.N.Bose. This
webpage contains information about Bose and a message from his
grandson, excerpts from the newspaper reviews, and further details
about the programme, which featured actor Saeed Jaffrey providing the
voice of Bose, and was shortlisted for the Syngenta ABSW Science
Writers' Awards 2005.
Radio ‘Choices’ by Gillian Reynolds, The Daily Telegraph,
January 12 2005, ”Fascinating portrait of a remarkable Indian
physicist…compelling revealed by Dr Sharon Ann Holgate.”
During the Autumn of 1999, and again in the Winter of 2000, I
metamorphosed into an alter ego called 'MC Shaz' for a BBC World
Service youth programme called 'The Edge'
! This two-hour Saturday
morning show was presented by Kirsten O’Brien and Stephen Merchant. I
devised, wrote and presented two series of E=MC Shaz - short
light-hearted pieces in which I investigated some of the claims pop
music lyrics make about science. I also reported on environmentally
friendly guitars (in 2001) and made a feature (in 2000) on the science
of bras for The Edge.
In March 2001, I recorded vox pops for three Science Line features
promoting the Institute of Physics Annual Congress, which were
broadcast on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Leicester and BBC Southern
Previously, while I was at university, I was a hospital radio
presenter. After graduation I also presented some science packages for
a charity radio station.