Maggie Philbin traces the remarkable history of IT through the BBC sound archives from the birthplace of the world's first electronic computer, Bletchley Park.
When Maggie joined the BBC's Tomorrow's World team in the early 1980s, there wasn't a single computer in the office. Today, along with the internet, they've reshaped the way we live, work, communicate and play.
In this three-hour special recorded at Bletchley Park – the birthplace of the world’s first electronic computer – Maggie unearths some gems from the BBC sound archive that tell the remarkable story of IT and how one of the most important evolutions of modern history is also a reflection on us as human beings.
Her selection features:
Joining Maggie at Bletchley to shed their own insight into the archive and this journey along the information superhighway are three denizens of the digital world – Aleks Krotoski, author of Untangling The Web and presenter of Radio 4’s Digital Human; Tom Chatfield, author of Netymology; and Chris Monk from the National Museum of Computing. Maggie also gets to peek behind the scenes at Bletchley Park with Michael Smith, the author of the Secrets Of Station X, and Joel Greenburg, the author of Gordon Welchman: Bletchley Park Architect Of Ultra Intelligence, to find out how the Buckinghamshire site could have been the UK’s very own Silicon Valley...