Very few science programmes caught my imagination in the 1980’s more than “Tomorrows World”. With it’s sci-fi-esque title and it’s factual presentation of scientific guesses of the future, it was a schoolboys dream of a programme.
Amazingly Tomorrows World was one of the longest running TV programmes ever. It was first broadcast in 1965 and continued until 2003! It’s first presenter was a man called Raymond Baxter, and it’s last was Roger Black!
Raymond was a very English sounding ex-spitfire pilot, who used to point out the features of inventions with military precision using a Parker pen ("as you will see: here, here and here"). Very funny.
I remember some of the things they thought would be in the future were crazy – like rocket back-packs but they also featured some things that actually came to be – like The pocket calculator (1971), The digital watch (1972), The personal stereo (1980), The camcorder (1981), or the Clockwork radio (1993)
Most Famously they were the first programme to outline The compact disc and player (1981). They focussed on how indestructible the CD’s were by the presenter of the time spreading strawberry Jam onto a BeeGee’s CD. A nice bit of surrealism there.
There are whispers of this programme coming back, at least in some format or another. It would be great to see it, I really miss it!