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Lovell telescope one of ‘Britain’s Greatest Machines’

10 Jun 2009

A new TV series celebrating ingenious British design will pay tribute to the famous Lovell radio telescope at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics.

Chris Barrie standing in the bowl of the famous Lovell telescope
Chris Barrie standing in the bowl of the famous Lovell telescope

The National Geographic Channel series ‘Britain’s Greatest Machines’ is presented by Chris Barrie of Red Dwarf fame.

In an episode due to be aired at 9pm on Thursday 11 June, he pays a visit to the iconic telescope – designed and built by Sir Bernard Lovell – at the famous University of Manchester facility.

Focusing on the 1950s, the episode shows Barrie – known affectionately to millions of Red Dwarf fans as ‘Rimmer’ - taking a walk inside the huge dish.

More details and a brief clip of Barrie at Jodrell Bank can be found at http://www.jodrellbank.manchester.ac.uk/news/2009/machines/

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