Genius Of Invention

As we start 2013, it seems the perfect time to put British inventors and inventions in the spotlight and explore the brilliance of Britons throughout history."Martin Davidson, BBC Commissioning Editor, History and Business
Date: 11.01.2013     Last updated: 25.03.2014 at 13.20
Category: BBC Two
A celebration of British inventiveness on BBC Two

An introduction from Martin Davidson, BBC Commissioning Editor for History and Business

As we start 2013, it seems the perfect time to put British inventors and inventions in the spotlight and explore the brilliance of Britons throughout history.

From next week, BBC Two will be celebrating the sparks of genius, the passion for tinkering and the desire to invent things that revolutionise the contemporary ways of life throughout history, from the early inventor to modern day desires to meet consumer demand.

This collection of programmes, Genius Of Invention, will be spread out across the year and comprise a real range of what BBC Two does best – from history and science, to art and documentary all that celebrate the treasures of a glorious past… or a desire to constantly improve.

Last year saw an entire nation come together – through Jubilee celebrations and the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Indeed, the memorable Industrial Revolution sequence in the opening ceremony demonstrated how our industrial and inventive history played a pivotal role in driving Britain forward as the most powerful nation of the 19th century.  Throughout 2013, this collection of programmes will explore just how influential Britain has been on the modern world.

Invention may be the sign of genius, but as a process it is far more complicated than simple eureka moment breakthrough. We wanted to reflect that across the diversity of our programming; the role played by environment, money, hucksterism, national prestige, tinkering, and the cussed tenacity of obsessed individuals. We hope that by the end of 2013 we will all know a lot more about the mechanisms of innovation, and just maybe, be in a better position to encourage the next wave.

This press pack provides detail on the programmes that make up Genius Of Invention, kicking off with a look back to the economic, social and political conditions that made Britain the richest and most powerful nation on Earth, to how the age of railways cemented this role, spearheading transport networks that would be the making of the modern world.

There will also be a collection of programmes that look at the people behind the inventions, and tell the stories of people who embraced industry. And, with the return of favourite BBC Two faces, Professor Brian Cox, Liz Bonnin, Michael Mosley, Hairy Biker’s Si and Dave, and Dan Snow, Genius Of Invention offers BBC Two audiences even more fantastic, high quality, eccentric and engaging television.

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