Electric Dreams on BBC2

BBC TWO is repeating the very popular series - Electric Dreams. The three part documentray was shown last year on BBC Four and gives viewers a unique insight into how developments in technology have shaped our lives over the past forty years and chars the rise of today’s globally-linked, instantly-gratified digital culture.

Electric Dreams TV Series
The Centre for Computing History advised on some of the techical details and supplied many of the retro gadgets and computers used in the show.

The series will see the world of one ordinary British family turned upside-down as their home is “renovated” to the standard of a typical house in 1970 – the dawn of the digital age – and then fast-forwarded at the rate of a day per year through the technological revolution of the 70s, 80s and 90s. The programmes will reveal the huge transformation that technological change has wrought on British family life over the past 40 years. It remains to be seen how the children will cope when they swap Facebook and Wii for black and white television and vinyl records.

Independent production company Wall to Wall has been commissioned jointly by The Open University and the BBC to make the series.

Dr Ian Johnston, the Open University academic advisor to the series, said: “We are all aware of how technologically based and dependent life is today, but perhaps we have become too accustomed to the pace of change. This project provides a fascinating opportunity to rewind the clock, look at the past forty years again and take stock of where we are and how we got here – and whether all the advances have been beneficial.”

Jason Fitzpatrick, curator at the Centre for Computing History, said "we were very pleased to be able to work on a project like this. It is very close to the story we tell at the museum. Computers and technology over the past 30 years has shaped our lives like nothing that has gone before, yet we seem to take all this technology for granted. The documentary does an excellent job of highlighting the impact of technology in the home."
Electric Dreams airs on Wed 14th, Thurs 15th and Fri 16th April at 7pm on BBC 2.

Date : 12-04-2010

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