UK: Start Date Confirmed For Tomorrow's Worlds: The Unearthly History Of Science Fiction
The four part documentary series Tomorrow’s Worlds: The Unearthly History Of Science Fiction will air at 9.45pm GMT on Saturdays on BBC Two with the start date confirmed as Saturday 22nd November. Hosted by historian, writer and presenter Dominic Sandbrook, Tomorrow’s Worlds: The Unearthly History Of Science Fiction will make up part of the BBC's new strand of science fiction programming across TV, Radio and iPlayer. David Tennant is one of the many key figures from the genre contributing to the show, mainly appearing in two episodes: Invasion (29th November) and Time Travel (13th December).
The programme is a co-production between BBC America and BBC Two and a version aired in the USA earlier this year under the title The Real History Of Science Fiction.
Tomorrow’s Worlds: The Unearthly History Of Science Fiction
This new landmark series on BBC Two sees historian and author Dominic Sandbrook head to the very frontiers of space and science to offer audiences the definitive television history of science fiction.
This entertaining series made by BBC Arts tells the story of one of the liveliest and most stimulating genres in popular culture, through its impact on cinema, television and literature. With each episode exploring an enduring theme of science fiction – space, invasion, robots and time – Dominic shows how the genre has been a revealing window into our dreams and our nightmares. It features some of the genre’s greatest pioneers - the filmmakers, writers and actors whose obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown.
The programme will hear from leading figures from cinema, TV and literature, including Rutger Hauer; Zoe Saldana; Richard Dreyfuss; David Tennant; Steven Moffat; Neil Gaiman; Nichelle Nichols; John Carpenter; Audrey Niffenegger; Edward James Olmos; Karen Gillan; Ursula K. Le Guin and William Gibson. Having explored the future, the past, parallel universes and galaxies far, far away, they are ready to report back on their experiences.
Tomorrow’s Worlds: The Unearthly History Of Science Fiction is the story of science fiction told by the men and women who fell to earth: from HG Wells's War Of The Worlds to The Terminator, from Doctor Who to Star Wars this series guides viewers through a rich, thought-provoking and endlessly exciting genre.
Saturday 22nd November, 9.45pm, BBC Two
Dominic Sandbrook explores how Science Fiction has journeyed into space, from Jules Verne’s 19th century vision of a voyage to the moon, to the galaxy far, far away of Star Wars. Dominic explains what Star Trek has in common with the British navy; we learn about the deep sea inspiration for Avatar, find out how Ursula K Le Guin’s the Left Hand of Darkness captured the sexual revolution of the 1960s, and discover how Stanley Kubrick made 2001: A Space Odyssey seem so believable.
With contributions from William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Zoe Saldana and Neil Gaiman.
Check out the BBC programme pages, including episode guides, guest profiles and links to the accompanying iPlayer series My Life In Science Fiction.
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