Tomorrow's World | How television tried to predict the future of science
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 08 May 1986
DURATION | 59 minutes 33 seconds
The last 21 years have seen us walk on the moon, replace body parts and develop technology that keeps getting smaller and smaller. In this celebratory programme, the current 'Tomorrow's World' team is joined by some of the original presenters. They highlight various developments that have become fundamental to our way of life, plus those that somehow failed to take off - or even perform successfully in the studio!
The theme tune for this edition of 'Tomorrow's World' was composed by Paul Hart and was in service from 1986 until 1991. A former composer for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Paul Hart also played violin and piano for singer Cleo Laine, whose husband Johnny Dankworth wrote the original 'Tomorrow's World' theme.
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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