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Greg hears a clip from the BBC archive about a 1990 innovation that allowed blind people to access newspapers, and looks into the evolution of digital voice technology since then

Greg Jenner discovers a 1990 innovation that allowed blind people to access newspapers, and speaks to accessibility engineer Leonie Watson and author and disability campaigner Dr Amit Patel about the evolution and implications of digital voice technology.

Marking the centenary of the BBC, Past Forward uses a random date generator to alight somewhere in the BBC's vast archive over the past 100 years. Greg Jenner hears an archive clip for the first time at the top of the programme, and uses it as a starting point in a journey towards the present day. The archive captures a century of British life in a unique way - a history of ordinary people’s lives, as well as news of the great events. Greg uncovers connections through people, places and ideas that link the archive fragment to Britain in 2022, pulling in help from experts and those who remember the time, and looking at how far we've come since then.

Produced by Amelia Parker

[Image description: Presenter Greg Jenner stands holding a microphone - the left side of his body is styled like it's 1922, his right side 2022]

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14 minutes

Last on

Fri 27 May 2022 19:00

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  • Wed 23 Mar 2022 20:45
  • Fri 27 May 2022 19:00