James Walton

The Octopus in My House left you with an overwhelming sense that octopuses are astonishing

Plus: have sitcoms become a lot more kindly in recent years?

Professor David Scheel, the presenter of a BBC2 documentary on Thursday, instantly brought to mind that American scientist in The Fast Show: bearded, bespectacled, softly spoken and willing to try an experiment just for the hell of it. A marine biologist in Alaska, Scheel has been studying octopuses (his own preferred plural, incidentally) for 25 years.

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