Brief History Of The Future, A

A four-part examination of the way past generations have viewed the future.

Everything that can be invented has been invented" observed one not very far sighted future watcher.

These historical investigations into how previous generations saw their futures in terms of thought and belief, technology, culture and politics often demonstrated amazing lack of foresight.

Written and presented by Mark Lawson.

Producers: Steve Shepherd, Anne Marie Cole

Devised by Nick Baker

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19970705]|A four-part examination of how past generations have viewed the future. 1: When Did the Future Begin? Mark Lawson looks at how the concept of the future has developed. Producer Steve Shepherd Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970705] |Unknown: Mark Lawson|Producer: Steve Shepherd
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970706]|Repeated from yesterday 4pm
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970712]|Mark Lawson presents a four-part examination of how past generations have viewed the future.|2: The Lack of Foresight Saga Producer Anne-Marie Cole Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970712] |Unknown: Mark Lawson
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Genome: [r4 Bd=19970719]|A four-part examination of how past generations have viewed the future. 3: 1984 and All That. Mark Lawson looks at how the ideas of novelists and film-makers have affected the future.|Producer Anne-Marie Cole|Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm
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Genome: [r4 Bd=19970726]|The last of four programmes looking at how past generations have viewed the future. You Will Never Have It So Good Mark Lawson explores the misuse of the future for political ends. Producer Anne-Marie Cole Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm
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01When Did The Future Begin?1997070519970706A four-part examination of the way past generations have viewed the future.|Everything that can be invented has been invented" observed one not very far sighted future watcher.|These historical investigations into how previous generations saw their futures in terms of thought and belief, technology, culture and politics often demonstrated amazing lack of foresight.|Written and presented by Mark Lawson.|Producers: Steve Shepherd, Anne Marie Cole|Devised by Nick BakerIn the first programme, Mark Lawson looks at the way the concept of the future itself has developed.
02The Lack Of Foresight Saga1997071219970713Mark Lawson looks at how science, medicine and technology affected the way that people envisioned the future.
031984 And All That1997071919970720Mark Lawson looks at how the imaginations of novelists and film-makers of the past have affected the expectations of the future.
04 LASTYou Will Never Have It So Good1997072619970727Mark Lawson explores the use and misuse of the future for political ends.