Tomorrow's World | How television tried to predict the future of science
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 10 April 1968
DURATION | 3 minutes
Here's a solution for anyone who dreams of having their own garden but doesn't fancy the hassle of pruning, weeding and repotting. James Burke (pictured above) explores an artificial garden that contains synthetic grass and plants made from polypropylene. Instead of fly spray, how about a polish? Forget the lawn-mower, just get out the vacuum cleaner to keep the plastic grass neat and tidy.
James Burke came to the BBC after a stint at Granada TV (the ITV franchise holder for north-west England). He anchored the BBC's coverage of the first moon landing alongside Patrick Moore and Cliff Michelmore and left 'Tomorrow's World' to front his own documentaries, notably his series of science films under the banner 'Connections'.
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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