Intrigue: The Immortals

Publisher:
BBC

Intrigue: The Immortals

4.7/5

Critic Rating

Over the last 100 years, we've seen global life expectancy double. Could it happen again? In The Immortals, technology reporter and psychologist Aleks Krotoski explores the frontiers of the extreme longevity pioneers. They've made their money in Silicon Valley. And with their technology solutions they've ushered in the world that we live in today. Some of them now want to solve the problem of aging - or even death itself - and they are making bigger strides than we may think. Can they? Should they?


Critic Reviews

Score: 4.5

Edward Wickham • Church Times Sep 15, 2023

"If you can set aside your revulsion, there is something charming, even innocent, about the enterprise."

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Score: 4.5

Patricia Nicol • The Times UK Sep 10, 2023

"The American Krotoski spiritedly promises this series will “blow our minds”. It does...She adroitly unfolds the polarising debates between transhumanists who yearn for this “nerd rapture” and sceptics. These thorny topics are inadequately explored by this otherwise thorough, thought-provoking series, and raised only as questions in the last episode."

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Score: 4

Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian Sep 9, 2023

"Less enjoyable but more crikey-did-you-know-this? Hosted by the always fab Aleks Krotoski...The Immortals is an interesting rage-listen, but not one I can wholeheartedly recommend. …"

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Score: 5

Rachel Cunliffe • New Statesman Sep 4, 2023

"(Season: The Immortals) We meet a colourful cast of scientists, doctors, tech-bros and eager patients...Krotoski invites us to be sceptical. But she also presses us to engage with the practical, legal and ethical implications of lifespans increasing dramatically."

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Score: 5

Daisy Dunn • The Spectator Sep 2, 2023

"...is not for the faint-hearted...The presenter of the ten-part series, Aleks Krotoski, a technology reporter and psychologist, pre-empts her listeners’ reaction at almost every turn but somehow manages to avoid sounding too squeamish. The series makes for uncomfortable but compelling listening."

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Score: 5

Hollie Richardson • The Guardian Aug 31, 2023

"(Season: The Immortals)...mindblowing series..."

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