Tomorrow's World | How television tried to predict the future of science
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 16 April 1969
DURATION | 13 minutes 48 seconds
In this compilation of reports from a longer programme, James Burke (pictured above) becomes an executive in a futuristic office where the role of a secretary has been usurped by an automated robot. Derek Cooper also reports on a new process for manufacturing micro-electronic crystal lights and visits a South Dakota laboratory deep underground where scientists are collecting information about the sun.
In the report on the underground laboratory, Derek Cooper refers to the final resting place of Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok and other noted cowboys of the Wild West. This is Mount Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood, South Dakota. Many of the more apocryphal legends of the old West came via 'Buffalo Bill' Cody's touring shows, the cast for which included Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok and Annie 'get Your Gun' Oakley.
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Tomorrow's fuel, tomorrow's eyes, tomorrow's robots, tomorrow's fashion.
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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.
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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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