That Changed The World on BBC TWO
Thursday 15 January 2004, BBC TWO, 8.00pm
Clarkson hosts Inventions That Changed The World, a new
series which tells the stories behind some of the most significant
inventions which have helped shape the world we live in today.
daily lives are governed by inventions. From what we wear to the
food we eat and our methods of travel - it's all been invented or
significantly altered by inventions.
sometimes an invention comes along that doesn't just change the
way we do things but changes the world.
That Changed The World examines not only how and why life altering
inventions got off the ground in the first place, but also how they
created a domino effect spawning other essential inventions in their
with the gun, Jeremy reveals that successful attempts
to create ever more lethal weapons have not only shaped the world
but led directly or indirectly to all of the following: the industrial
revolution; the production line; cowboy films; street lighting;
the car exhaust pipe and the development of trauma medicine.
inventions covered in the series include:
the computer, without which we couldn't fly planes,
drive cars or even run our dishwashers;
the jet which plays a key part in our weather,
mass tourism and outbreaks like SARS;
the telephone which was invented by mistake by
a man trying to make a humming telegraph. The telephone has not
only changed the way we do business but also led to the development
of the internet;
the television which was invented by two men with
wildly different visions: John Logie Baird, a Scotsman, and a 14-year
old American Mormon, Philo T Farnsworth, both died unrewarded but
their invention, Jeremy reveals, helped win the Battle of Britain.
the series Jeremy gives his own passionate and witty take on some
of the inventions and inventors that he believes have helped change
the course of history.
That Changed The World is a BBC production for BBC TWO.
producer is Dale Templar and the executive producer is Michael Mosley.
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