Tomorrow’s World

Tomorrow's World Theme ( 1992 )


Tomorrow’s World was a long-running BBC television series on new developments in science and technology. First transmitted on 7 July 1965 on BBC1, it ran for 38 years until it was cancelled at the beginning of 2003.

Tomorrow’s World


Tomorrow’s World



James Burke (1965–1971)
Michael Rodd (1972–1982)
Anthony Smith
Lyall Watson
William Woollard (1974–1978)
Judith Hann (1974–1994—the longest-serving presenter)
Anna Ford (1976–1978)
Kieran Prendiville (1979–1983)
Su Ingle (1980–1984)
Peter Macann (1983–1991)
Maggie Philbin (1983–1994)
Anna Walker
Howard Stableford (1985–1997)
Kate Bellingham (1990–1994)
John Diamond (1991)
Carmen Pryce (1991–1994)
Monty Don (1994–1995)
Carol Vorderman (1994–1995)
Vivienne Parry (1994–1996)
Rebecca Stephens (1994–1996)
Shahnaz Pakravan (1994–1997)
Richard Mabey (1995)
Craig Doyle (1996–1999)
Philippa Forrester (1996–2000)
Jez Nelson (1996–2000)
Peter Snow (1997–2000)
Anya Sitaram (1998–2000)
Nick Baker (1999–2000)
Lindsey Fallow (1999–2000)
Sophie Raworth (1999–2000)
Katie Knapman (2002)
David Bull (2002–2003)
Adam Hart-Davis (2002–2003)
Roger Black (2003)
Kate Humble (2003)

For the 1000th episode, a commemorative CD was produced by Nimbus Records. It contained four audio tracks of the various theme tunes from the 60s, 70s, 80s and the 90s. 1000 copies were made and were given away in a competition. The CD was notable as being the first holographic audio compact disc ever made.

Whenever Bob Symes presented any reports, directors had to be careful when showing close-ups of his hands because various accidents during his years of inventing had caused him to lose parts of several fingers; they had to choose a finger that did not look too gruesome.

Tomorrow's World April Fools ( 1992 )

Tomorrow’s World was created by Glyn Jones, who conceived the show’s name when the Radio Times rang him up wanting to know how to bill the programme in their next edition.[citation needed] In its early days the show was edited by Max Morgan-Witts and hosted by veteran broadcaster and former Spitfire pilot Raymond Baxter. For some years it had an instrumental theme tune composed and performed by John Dankworth, and became a classic of the genre. During the 1970s the programme attracted 10 million viewers per week.

The programme was usually broadcast live, and as a result known for the occasional failure of its technology demonstrations to work as expected. For example, during a demonstration of a new kind of car jack that required much less effort to operate, the jack disintegrated when actually trying to lift a car. Pressing on in the face of such adversity became a rite of passage, both for new presenters on the show and for the young assistant producers whose job it was to find the stories and make sure this kind of setback did not happen.

Official Sites: BBC
Country: UK
Language: English
Runtime 30 min
Sound Mix Mono | Stereo
Color Black and White | Color
Release Date: 7 July 1965 (UK)

Technologies introduced

Breathalyser (1967)
Home computer (1967)
Light pens and touchscreens (1967)
Artificial grass (1968)
ATM and Chip and Pin (1969)
Pocket calculator (1971)
Digital watch (1972)
Teletext (Ceefax) (1974)
Mobile phone (1979)
Personal stereo (1980)
Compact disc and player (1981)
Camcorder (1981)
Barcode reader (1983)
Wind-up radio (1993)
Starlite insulation (1993)
Robotic vacuum cleaner, pioneered on Electrolux Trilobite prototype (1996)

At the start of 2007 the BBC announced that the Tomorrow’s World brand would be used on science and technology news reports across the BBC’s TV, radio and internet services, including a blog. The Tomorrow’s World name returned to television screens on 8 January 2007 as part of the BBC’s news coverage on BBC Breakfast, hosted by Maggie Philbin and as a blog on the BBC News website

Filming Location

Television Centre is a building complex in White City, West London, that was the headquarters of BBC Television between 1960 and 2013.


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