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Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe

Jan 13, 2021

Jo's special guest in episode 15 is illustrator and author James Mayhew, who talks about what inspires his work, his career highlights including the Gaspard The Fox books and why he loves collaborating with orchestras. And he goes on a virtual journey in time and space in Jo's Quick Six.

Plus Glasgow based chemist and...


Jan 6, 2021

In the first episode of 2021 Jo is joined by Professor Barry Smith, a philosopher and sensory scientist based at the University of London. He explains how our enjoyment of food is a multi sensory experience and why Jo is a 'super taster'. Plus he takes on the Quick Six.

Jo also brings you the best of her guests from the...


Dec 30, 2020

Jo's special guests in episode 13 are Jeff Downes and Graham O'Dwyer from At The Flicks podcast based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. In this edition they are shining the spotlight on science fiction films that deal with time travel.

Plus Jo brings you the best of her guests from the first 12 episodes, talking in the Quick...


Dec 23, 2020

It's the 2020 Christmas Special of the podcast and Jo's joined by four previous guests - TV presenter & writer Dallas Campbell, cyber security expert Dr Jessica Barker, science communicator Dr Jamie Gallagher and Emeritus Professor of Microbiology Jo Verran. 

They discuss the science of Christmas, when decorations...


Dec 16, 2020

In episode 11 Jo is joined by Shar Daws, author of the book 'Bombshells: Five Women Who Set the Fifties on Fire'. They discuss the lives and legacies of Jean Harlow, Ruth Ellis, Marilyn Monroe, Diana Dors and Jayne Mansfield. Plus Shar takes on the Quick Six.

Jo also explores life in Tudor England as she learns the...