Tomorrow's World | How television tried to predict the future of science
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 27 December 1979
DURATION | 30 minutes 21 seconds
In the last edition of the 1970s, the team reviews and updates a selection of past reports. Items include the progress of the Channel Tunnel, a communication device and adapted car for disabled people and a feature on the women who have presented 'Tomorrow's World'. The programme also looks at Concord, the Metro network in Tyne & Wear, a Ceefax-style precursor to the internet known as Prestel and the Stammer Jammer, which has changed the lives of a number of people with speech impediments.
First featured in 1977, the Stammer Jammer - aka the Edinburgh Masker - had ceased production by the time the team returned to the story in 1997. However, they were able to catch up with the device's developer, Ann Dewar, and meet Jack Webster, whose life had been transformed by the original programme and who overcame his chronic stammer to become an after-dinner speaker. The Edinburgh Masker name has since been resurrected in the form of a smaller, wireless inner-ear speech aid.
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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