In 1977, Adam Hart-Davis worked as a researcher with Magnus Pyke, and the first item he did was about why banana skins are slippery. After Don’t Ask Me and Don’t Just Sit There (studio shows with Magnus Pyke and David Bellamy) came Where There’s Life (with Miriam Stoppard and Rob Buckman), and Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World. In 1985 he produced Arthur C Clarke’s World of Strange Powers.
Adam invented and produced Scientific Eye; the most successful school science series on tv – which was used in some 70 per cent of UK secondary schools, and in 35 other countries. This was followed by Mathematical Eye (1989-92) – the most successful school maths series. He also produced Fun & Games, an audience-participation studio series based on mathematical puzzles, The Battle of the Bottle-Snatchers (QED), a co-production with the Japanese TV company NHK, and five programmes about Loch Ness for The Discovery Channel (1993).
As a television presenter Adam Hart-Davis has presented:
- Local Heroes
- On the Edge
- Tomorrow’s World
- Top Ten Treasure’s of the British Museum
- What the Tudors did for us
- What the Stuarts did for us
- What the Victorians did for us
- Live from Dinosaur Island
- Adam Hart-Davis says Come to your Senses
- Science in Focus
- What the Romans did for us
- Hart-Davis on History
- Secret City
On radio, Adam has presented over 20 documentaries including Inventors Imperfect, plus six High Resolution, four Elements of Surprise, and five on Reinventing the Wheel. He also appeared in the Radio 4 panel game Inspiration and Engineering Solutions.
As an author, Adam’s books include: one on the lavatory! (Thunder Flush and Thomas Crapper), World’s Weirdest “true” ghost stories, Test Your Physic Powers, three Local Heroes books (with Paul Bader), Eurekaaargh! (about inventions that nearly worked), What the Victorians did for us, Henry Winstanley and the Eddystone Lighthouse and What the Tudors and Stuarts did for us.
As a guest speaker, Adam’s presentations include talks on Science and Invention, The Creative Engineer, Creativity, Happiness and even Lavatories!