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Tomorrow’s World: Computers in the 60s

A compilation of Tomorrow's World features first broadcast in the 1960s, looking at how computers started to be used in homes, schools and offices

Derek Cooper examines innovations in mechanical design engineering (Digital Drawing Board 16/04/1969), as well as a new system to help deal with business correspondence (Auto Secretary 20/09/1967).

Europe’s first home computer system makes an appearance (Home Computer Terminal 20/09/1967), and the impact of information technology on education is looked …


Cosmic Voyage

Offers a state of the art, computer generated journey through the universe, and tries to pinpoint the role of human beings cohabitating within its vastness

Cosmic Voyage is a 1996 short documentary film produced in the IMAX format, directed by Bayley Silleck, produced by Jeffrey Marvin, and narrated by Morgan Freeman. The film was presented by the Smithsonian Institution‘s National Air and Space Museum, and played in IMAX theaters worldwide. The …


Cosmic Zoom

This short animation transports us from the farthest conceivable point of the universe to the tiniest particle of existence, an atom of a living human cell

Cosmic Zoom is a 1968 short film directed by Eva Szasz and produced by the National Film Board of Canada. It depicts the relative size of everything in the universe in an 8-minute sequence using animation and animation camera shots.

The film starts with an aerial image of a …


Cosmic View: The Universe in 40 Jumps

This unique book takes you on a graphic journey through the universe, to the edge of infinity in one direction and to the nucleus of the atom in the other

Cosmic View: The Universe in 40 Jumps is a 1957 book by Dutch educator Kees Boeke that combines writing and graphics to explore many levels of size and structure, from the astronomically vast to the atomically tiny. The book begins with a photograph of a Dutch girl sitting outside a …


The Trojan Mouse

A special programme marking a decade of the BBC Computer Literacy Project

A special programme in 1992 looks back ten years to the 1980s BBC Computer Literacy Project.

1 programme
First broadcast: 5th April 1992  

Micro Mind Stretchers

A Schools Television series

A Schools Television series presented by Carol Vorderman.

This encouraged schools to experiment in various specific ways.

1 series, 10 programmes
First broadcast: 9th May 1988  

With a Little Help from the Chip

Six programmes on how micro-technology can help disabled people to live more independent lives

Six programmes looking at the way computer based technology helped people with various kinds of disability.

1 series, 6 programmes
First broadcast: 30th August 1985  

Micro Live

A regular look at the world of information technology, broadcast live

Following the two successful Making the Most of the Micro – Live! ‘specials’ in 1983, BBC2 transmitted Micro Live, a regular magazine series to keep people up to date with technological developments. Fronted by Ian McNaught Davis, Lesley Judd and Fred Harris, Micro Live ran for three …


Computers in Control

An introduction to the world of robotics

This series examined one important aspect of computing – robotics – in other words how the computer can monitor and control things. Again there was a mix of real world examples – many from America, practical demonstrations and a “hands on” approach to coding.

The BBC robot ‘buggy‘ …


Making the Most of the Micro LIVE Special

In a live edition of Making the Most of the Micro, Ian McNaught-Davis is joined in the studio by an audience of micro users and a team of experts

The massive interest after the first two series led the production team to produce Making the Most of the Micro – Live! – a two hour BBC1 special where viewers’ questions were answered and demonstrations of new things were shown live on air. During the programme hackers broke into the …


Managing the Micro

Brian Redhead examines some of the implications of the new technological revolution for people in industry today

This series aimed primarily at small businesses and further education colleges was fronted by the much respected Radio 4 ‘Today’ presenter Brian Redhead. It showed examples of what can be done by looking at companies which had embraced the new technology in manufacturing or services. A typical example was …


The Silicon Factor

A series of three programmes investigating the so-called microelectronics revolution

This series of three peak hour programmes fronted by seasoned Current Affairs reporter Bernard Falk asked what the new microprocessor-based technology was all about, how it threatened British industry’s competitiveness because of its complacency and then looked at the future – at how society might be profoundly changed by computers …