Tomorrow's World | How television tried to predict the future of science
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 18 November 1965
DURATION | 29 minutes 16 seconds
'Tomorrow's World' broadcasts live from an operating theatre where a patient is undergoing laser eye surgery. Back in the studio, Raymond Baxter hosts a debate on the benefits of drilling for North Sea gas to solve the fuel crisis. He also appraises the latest in futuristic fashions, aided by model Shirley. Derek Cooper reports on an undersea robot that's being used to perform maintenance on drilling platforms, looks at research into the effect of wind pressures on tall buildings and visits a forward-looking pub that uses computerised telephones to take patrons' orders.
After a successful first season of six programmes, broadcast over the summer of 1965, this edition of 'Tomorrow's World' marked the programme's return as an on-going series in its Thursday night slot. It was also the first edition to use the distinctive theme tune - specially composed by British jazz legend Johnny Dankworth - that would see the series through to the end of the 1970s.
Reports on kidney dialysis, flood defences and life on Mars.
Tomorrow's fuel, tomorrow's eyes, tomorrow's robots, tomorrow's fashion.
The computer 'light-pen' is put through its paces.
Introducing the home computer terminal.
A debate with Christiaan Barnard, the pioneering heart transplant surgeon.
Showcasing the artificial garden of tomorrow.
Meet Nellie, a computer set to revolutionise the classroom.
A man who speaks Morse code, plus moon rocks and thermal curtains.
James Burke experiences the automated office of the future.
It's the sound of the future - the Moog synthesiser.
Computerised banking ushers in a cashless economy.
James Burke tests executive toys to while away the hours.
Judith Hann visits cowboy school to face an electronic bronco.
Michael Rodd makes a call with an experimental cordless mobile phone.
Looking back at some of the stories of the last decade.
A compilation of items from 1980.
Kieran Prendiville takes on a snooker-playing robot.
A fish that comes with its own chips.
Touch-screen computers, angioplasty, water for marathon runners and very spoilt cows.
A seasonal special brings 1982 to a close.
A cure for jet-lag, book restoration, holograms and a useful boat-trailer.
'Tomorrow's World' comes of age and goes back to the future.
Clever Trevor's clockwork radio that could change lives.
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