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Hyperlinks (TV series)

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GenreChildren's, Science
Presented by
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12
Production company(s)BBC Scotland
Original networkBBC2
Original release20 February 2000 (2000-02-20) –
22 April 2001 (2001-04-22)
External links
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Hyperlinks was a British children's television series produced by BBC Scotland. It broadcast from 20 February 2000 to 22 April 2001, airing Sunday mornings on Children's BBC in the UK.[1] The first series was presented by Dominic Wood, Kate Heavenor.[2] For the second series Wood was joined by Heather Suttie and Matt Felwick.[3] Both series featured segments by Tom Pringle as 'stunt scientist' Dr Bunhead.[4]


Hyperlinks was a science education program. Every episode investigated the science behind a variety of facts and topics, each being connected in some way to the next throughout the program.[5]

The concept of interconnecting subjects was a deliberate point of differentiation from other children's science programs and gave the show its name. At the time of broadcast, the term 'hyperlink' was becoming widely popularised through the use of hyperlinking on the World Wide Web.[6]

The show's visual identity, particularly the opening title sequence, was inspired by the way neurons communicate in the human brain, referencing the themes of science, learning and interconnectivity.[7]

Although Hyperlinks was filmed primarily in the UK, series two heavily featured Suttie in Florida, including a one take piece to camera as the Space Shuttle Endeavour launched behind her.[8]

List of episodes[edit]

Series Episode Air date Summary
1 1 February 20, 2000 (2000-02-20) First in a new, six-part voyage along a superhighway of facts and trivia.[9]
1 2 February 27, 2000 (2000-02-27) Kate Heavenor looks at robotics, Dominic Wood investigates the horrors of kitchen bugs while Dr Bunhead demonstrates his chip-making machine.[10]
1 3 March 5, 2000 (2000-03-05) Kate Heavenor visits the Royal Mint, Dominic Wood investigates roller coasters, while Dr Bunhead looks at aeroplane food.[11]
1 4 March 12, 2000 (2000-03-12) Dominic Wood visits a multiplex cinema and Kate Heavenor goes to a lipstick factory.[12]
1 5 March 19, 2000 (2000-03-19) Dominic Wood and Kate Heavenor investigate more interconnected facts.[13]
1 6 March 26, 2000 (2000-03-26) Last in the series in which Dominic Wood and Kate Heavenor investigate interconnected facts.[14]
2 1 March 18, 2001 (2001-03-18) How to be a stunt double and the body language of love.[15]
2 2 March 25, 2001 (2001-03-25) What it's like to go into space and a visit to the Canary Islands.[16]
2 3 April 1, 2001 (2001-04-01) How old our water is, life from a pet's point of view and how taste buds can be fooled.[17]
2 4 April 8, 2001 (2001-04-08) Tracking down the common cold virus and checking out Florida's waves.[18]
2 5 April 15, 2001 (2001-04-15) Dominic Wood visits Denmark for a game of futuristic football, while Heather Suttie checks out Florida's undersea life.[19]
2 6 April 22, 2001 (2001-04-22) The wacky science show ends as Dominic Wood tries chocolate making.[20][21]


Series one of Hyperlinks was well received, with one reviewer commenting "Each item is linked to the next, so the presenters manage to move from a report on the effect of roller coasters on the human body to words used to describe phobias (well do you know what arachibutyrophobia is?) to chewing gum disposal. This is a great way to make science fun."[5]

The second series was less popular with critics, the Daily Mail noting "One of those shows that tries to slip education past you under the smokescreen of entertainment."[22]


  1. "BBC Online - Hyperlinks". Retrieved 2023-02-23.
  2. "Hyperlinks (2000)". BFI. Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  3. "Hyperlinks (2001)". BFI. Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  4. "Dr Bunhead - Science Education". Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Radio Times review - Hyperlinks". Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  6. Nast, Condé. "How Google warped the hyperlink". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  7. "Identity for BBC's Hyperlinks has a nerve". Design Week. 2000-02-18. Retrieved 2023-05-25.
  8. J Rowley (2019-02-17), CBBC Programmes and Continuity 2000-01, retrieved 2023-02-28
  9. "BBC Programme Index". Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  10. "BBC Programme Index". Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  11. "BBC Programme Index". Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  12. "BBC Programme Index". Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  13. "BBC Programme Index". Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  14. "BBC Programme Index". Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  15. "BBC Programme Index". Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  16. "BBC Programme Index". Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  17. "BBC Programme Index". Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  18. "BBC Programme Index". Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  19. "BBC Programme Index". Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  20. "Hyperlinks 2001". Mail Online. Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  21. "BBC Programme Index". Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  22. "Hyperlinks 2001". Mail Online. Retrieved 2023-02-28.

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