HG Wells on the Future | BBC broadcasts from the father of science fiction
CHANNEL | National Programme
FIRST BROADCAST | 19 November 1932
DURATION | 2 minutes 44 seconds
In this short extract from a longer talk, HG Wells calls for the appointment of 'professors of forethought' to explore the implications of the development of new inventions and devices. Wells chooses as an example the rapid spread of the motor car, which, in his view, has had serious consequences for modern life that have taken society by surprise. He believes that now is the time to create a faculty of professors who can prepare the country for the changes that advances in technology will inevitably bring.
The picture above shows HG Wells on the set of the 1936 film dramatisation of his novel 'Things to Come'. In the background, a dummy hangs out from the reconstructed wreckage of a fatal motor-car accident.
HG Wells on the failings of Stalin's economic 'Five Year Plan'.
Our economic and political lives are 'out of gear'.
How the motor car serves as a warning to us all.
HG Wells challenges the idea of 'Britain for the British'.
A talk on the worldwide community of English speakers.
HG Wells welcomes the former president of Czechoslovakia.
How the printed word has reached the world's entire population.
HG Wells declares that it's time to 'face up to your inheritance'.
The newspaper is 'dead as mutton', says HG Wells.
An invitation to HG Wells to go on air for the first time.
HG Wells agrees to speak about world peace.
Wells reassures the BBC that his broadcast will be objective.
Will HG Wells's broadcast require 'toning down'?
Preparations for a broadcast by HG Wells.
Concerns that Wells has not submitted a manuscript go right to the top.
Wells makes a commitment to objectivity.
Wells responds to an invitation to speak about evolution.
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