Tomorrow's World | How television tried to predict the future of science
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 30 December 1982
DURATION | 29 minutes 41 seconds
Shaw Taylor (presenter of ITV's long-running crime-stopping series 'Police 5') helps Kieran Prendiville investigate Scotland Yard's new methods of matching finger-prints, with surprising results. Peter Macann uses computer animation - increasingly common in TV production - and, as New Year approaches, the team makes the most of what's left of Christmas past, reporting on musical greetings cards, recycling of wrapping paper and pills that claim to help the sobering-up process. There's also a light-weight harness that can be used to escape tall buildings in an emergency - or just take the quick route down to the office party.
'Tomorrow's World' presenter Maggie Philbin was already a familiar face to TV viewers as a presenter on children's Saturday morning show 'Multi-Coloured Swap Shop'. As novelty pop group Brown Sauce, she and her 'Swap Shop' pals scored a top 20 hit with 'I Wanna Be a Winner' in 1981.
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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