Tomorrow's World | How television tried to predict the future of science
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 18 July 1980
DURATION | 21 minutes 18 seconds
As 'Tomorrow's World' goes off the air for a summer break, the series concludes with a timely look back at some items from the past year. Michael Rodd simplifies solar physics and studies otters in a California zoo, while Kieran Prendiville road-tests a new timber tractor. Judith Hann demonstrates a phone-operated heart monitor and scales new heights with a DIY lift, and Prendiville returns to bash out a tune on a new synthesiser that can sample real sounds.
Minor edits have been made to this programme for copyright reasons.
Replacing the jazz-based tune that had introduced 'Tomorrow's World' since 1965, a new electronic-style theme by Richard Denton and Martin Cook was used from January 1980. Denton and Cook also provided music for 'Hong Kong Beat', 'Quiller' and 'The Great Egg Race'.
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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