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PREPARE for an explosive weekend as BBC 1 popular science show Bang Goes The Theory heads to Coventry for the Godiva Festival.

Presenters Liz Bonnin, Jem Stansfield, Dallas Campbell and Dr Yan Wong will be performing live science demonstrations to festival-goers tomorrow and Sunday and will be testing, stretching and exploding science live on stage.

They'll be recreating some of the best stunts from the first four series of Bang Goes The Theory and giving people a chance to see some of Jem's outlandish inventions up-close.

The team will also be introducing Dr Yan's Dance Lab, a new mass-participation science experiment which uses the latest motioncapture technology to find out what makes someone a good or bad dancer. The information collected has the potential to be a key academic resource for behavioural scientists across the world.

Bang Goes the Theory LIVE runs from noon until 7pm tomorrow and Sunday with demonstrations taking place throughout the day.

Presenter Liz Bonnin talks tigers, Provence and good food as the science team head to Coventry.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Paris.

WHAT DID YOUR PARENTS DO? Dentist and stay-at-home mum. WHAT ?IF ANYTHING? DID YOU ENJOY AT SCHOOL? Chemistry and biology. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? Working during the summer while at uni doing Budweiser Promotions around Ireland. I was driving around in a big camper van covered in Budweiser logos and camping on the beaches of the west coast.

WHAT ELSE COULD YOU DO, OR WOULD YOU HAVE LIKED TO HAVE DONE FOR A LIVING? Work as a conservationist in India on tiger research. I still hope to do PhD there at some point ... or be a ballerina.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT? Completing my Masters in wild animal biology.

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? The Incredibles.

WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO LIVE AND WHY? Provence because the food is gorgeous, the weather is great and the people are chilled out.

WHAT IS YOUR WORST MISTAKE? I am sure I have made many but they all led me here so I can't complain.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TELEVISION PROGRAMME? Depends on my mood - The Apprentice, Wonders Of The Solar System or Grey's Anatomy. WHAT MAKES YOU DEPRESSED? People with no manners and the fact that the human race is letting tigers hang on the edge of extinction.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PERFECT HOLIDAY? A six month South American adventure.

HOW DO YOU KEEP FIT? Yoga and pilates.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST AMBITION? To continue presenting science and natural history programming on the BBC and buy a farmhouse in Provence.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST EXTRAVAGANCE? I'm not very extravagant but if I could I'd eat in a Michelin star restaurant every night of the week.

IS THERE ONE THING YOU ALWAYS CARRY WITH YOU? Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream. I'm addicted to it.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE AS AN EPITAPH? She cooked a mean roast chicken.

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LIVE: Bang Goes The Theory presenter Liz Bonnin, and (above) with co-presenters, from left, Dr Yan Wong, Dallas Campbell and Jem Stansfield.
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Date:Jul 1, 2011
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