But we need some science equipment out, a Bunsen (I always used a Bunsen when I was at school), a microscope and what about some models, you know a human anatomy heart and guts and that DNA stuff using with coloured balls. I need lots of colour in the shot as well. Can we put blue, green, yellow, red liquids into different containers? What is that long thing you use with a tap on the end and that nice curvy bottle with a long stem? You see them in old chemists’ shops.
You mean a pharmacist shop.
Same thing! The actors need to have a white coat, yes gloves as in Silent Witness and CSI Whatever. What cover their eyes with goggles? I will not be able to shoot their reactions to each other if their eyes are covered up. Oh yes those swept back specs look quite cool. I know the police would never interview a suspect in his lab but we have too many offices in the programme anyway and the suspect is a scientist and scientists work in labs with chemicals, microscopes and glass things and coloured liquids. Do I want smoky liquids from what do you call it “dry ice”? Are you taking the proverbial? I think are going a bit too far, that’s for Children’s television. No, I want white labcoats; dyed lab coats are for children entertainers. This is an adult, police story and it needs to be realistic.
Don't you just groan when you see chemistry labs portrayed on television; a discussion of an episode of “New Tricks” really made our CLEAPSS coffee break liven up.
We have been commentating on photographs for a long time at CLEAPSS especially when we see pictures in the Times Educational Supplement advertising for new teachers or for senior management to show how exciting their school is. You can see students fondly looking at coloured liquids holding them up above head height. I am a bit worried about putting these pictures on display but you can get the flavour by going to this article with an agency photograph (http://tinyurl.com/oeabsc7.. Well at least they are wearing eye protection but you find some real awesome pictures from school advertising online of students with their hands on fire (methane bubbles) much against CLEAPSS advice. There are other horrors if you care to look.
But back to the television programme. We then saw the suspect scientist walking down the corridor, followed by the two police officers, carrying a 1-litre measuring cylinder of a blue liquid.
So what type of scientist are we dealing with in this show, biochemist, analytical chemist, pharmacist,? I have got all the stuff out for you that you asked for
A physicist! But a physicist wouldn’t use burettes and ….Oh get on with it!