The first programme, Race: Science's Last Taboo, will see Rageh Omaar, a presenter on the arabic news channel Al-Jazeera, question scientists about Nobel Prize winning James Watson's claims that black people are less intelligent than other races.In the documentary Psychology professor Richard Lynn from the University of Ulster will say there is a global "league table", using evidence from IQ tests, to claim that intelligence is linked to race, with north-east Asians in the top tier and Australian aborigines at the bottom.Another show in the series called How Racist Are You?
He says on the programme that African IQs “don’t rise up to the same level as Europeans”.
He believes that while women have smaller brain sizes as men, they are just as intelligent as men, but that black people have smaller brain sizes than white people but are not as intelligent as white people.
It tells the story of Ota Benga, a Batwa pygmy from the Belgian Congo, who was first put on display at the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair and then the Bronx Zoo where he was labelled as the 'missing link'.
The film also looks at how "pseudoscience" helped attempts to legitimise the horrors of Nazi Germany.
The season also puts race issues in a historical context with its show The Human Zoo: Science's Dirty Secret.