Nigel: Television and YouTube

Nigel presents his own series Nigel Goes to Space, on the YouTube Channel Naked Science. Follow him as Nigel describes his forthcoming mission on Virgin Galactic, and explores all the most exciting topics in space and astronomy, from black holes to life in the Universe!


Introducing “Nigel Goes to Space” Part 1

Introducing “Nigel Goes to Space” Part 2

Will You See the Total Eclipse of the Sun?

Happy Hubble Birthday – Nigel’s Greatest Hits

Nigel’s Fruit Salad Solar System

Cosmic Space Pets

Rocket Science – Nigel Talks Basics

Explaining how planets and fireballs can be mistaken as UFOs, for Discovery Channel

Nigel is also in demand as an astronomy and space expert on television. He has appeared recently for the Discovery Channel series UFOs: The Untold Stories and Channel 4′s Meteor Strike: Fireball from Space. Nigel has just been interviewed by BBC World News on the amazing discoveries that New Horizons has made at Pluto.

Nigel has also been at the other end of the camera, making award-winning TV documentaries that have been screened around the world. After his early IRAS: The Infra-Red Eye for the BBC Horizon series, Nigel co-founded Pioneer Productions with Stuart Carter and Heather Couper in 1988

His screen credits – Executive Producer, Producer or Scriptwriter – appear on the following documentaries:

  • How the Universe Works (four series) 2010 – 2015 (Discovery)
  • Journey to the Edge of the Universe 2009 (National Geographic/ Discovery Canada/ France 5)
  • Hindenburg 2007 (Channel 4/ National Geographic)
  • Challenger: Countdown to Disaster 2006 (Channel 4/ National Geographic)
  • Origins 2004 (series, PBS/WGBH)
  • Space Shuttle: Human Time Bomb? 2003 (Channel 4)
  • The Day the Earth Was Born 2002 (series, Channel 4)
  • Edge of the Universe 2002 (series, Channel 4)
  • Universe 1999 (series, TLC/Channel 4)
    - winner of the 2000 Glaxo-Wellcome/ABSW Science Writer award
  • Black Holes 1997 (Discovery/Channel 4/ABC Australia)
    - winner of the 1998 Gold Medal, New York Festivals
  • On Jupiter 1995 (Discovery)
    - winner of the 1996 Gold Medal & Grand Award, New York Festivals
  • Electric Skies 1994 (Channel 4)
    - winner of the 1995 Banff Rockie Award for popular science programmes
    - winner of the 1995 Gold Medal, New York Festivals
  • Body Atlas 1994 (series, TLC)
  • Space Shuttle Discovery 1993 (Channel 4)
  • ET: Please Phone Earth 1992 (Channel 4/ABC Australia)
    - winner of the 1993 Gold Medal, New York Festivals
In addition, Nigel has written a definitive paper on television and astronomy:
Astronomy on Television by Nigel Henbest, in Astronomy Communication, edited by André Heck and Claus Madsen