Dr Jacob Bronowski

Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes

First transmitted in 1974, Michael Parkinson's guest is Dr Jacob Bronowski, the presenter and writer of the 1973 documentary series, The Ascent of Man. Dr Bronowski shares his first impressions on arriving in England in the 1920s, his memories of filming at Auschwitz, his thoughts on science and his broader philosophy of life, in a truly compelling interview.

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    The interview was recorded in 1972 but only transmitted, in shortened form, because of the ‘three day week’ and the restriction on broadcasting hours at the time. Some six months later Dr Bronowski died. This version is the first time that interview was shown in its entirety and, as Michael Parkinson remarks, “there are many reasons for doing so. One is that what he has to say has as much relevance now as then, another that I believe it to be the testament of a rare human being and also because, although I haven’t got a favourite interview, I shall forever remember this meeting”.

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    Programmes are selected, in part, for their historical context and reflect the broadcast standards and attitudes of their time, which may not accord to some current BBC editorial guidelines. We aim to select programmes which can be shown in their entirety but in some cases edits are required. In these cases, edits are kept to a minimum and are made only for technical reasons.


Michael Parkinson
Interviewed Guest
Jacob Bronowski
Richard Drewett
Roger Ordish
Colin Strong


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