The Clocks Go Forward Tonight

Saturday 28 March



In this morning's programme, Stephen Fry explores why we move the time by one hour twice a year.

Nearly a century after daylight saving time was first introduced, the programme reveals that a version of it was actually designed in the 1700s. Stephen considers how things would differ if we had not created clocks that could mark the time accurately and discovers that it took thousands of years to reach that point. Then, in the early 20th century an Edwardian property developer came up with the format that we use today.

Stephen finds out about the history of daylight saving, which has some unusual and quirky moments. Listeners may learn something about themselves and realise how the clock now affects their lives compared with their ancestors who simply lived by sunlight.

Nearly a century after it was first introduced, nearly a billion people in 70 countries today go through the twice yearly ritual of adjusting their clocks to shift the sunlight hours to a more convenient time. But are we making time or killing time?

Presenter/Stephen Fry, Producer/Chris Howells for the BBC

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