UK: Tomorrow's Worlds: The Unearthly History Of Science Fiction Begins On BBC Two Tonight
A brand new four part documentary series examining the origins and impact of science fiction begins on BBC Two tonight. Journalist and historian Dominic Sandbrook presents Tomorrow's Worlds: The Unearthly History Of Science Fiction from tonight at 9.45pm GMT (10.30pm BBC Two Wales). With the help of contributions from major stars, writers, directors and leading creatives including David Tennant, Rutger Hauer, Neil Gaiman, Kenny Baker, Karen Gillan and William Shatner, Dominic tells the story of the genre via four themed episodes.
A version of the show aired on BBC America earlier this year under the title The Real History Of Science Fiction.
Tomorrow's Worlds: The Unearthly History Of Science Fiction
Episode 1: Space
BBC Two 9.45pm GMT
In this first episode, Dominic looks at science fiction's enduring fascination with outer space, from Jules Verne's pioneering 19th-century vision of a voyage to the moon to the galaxy far, far away of Star Wars.
Along the way we learn what Star Trek has in common with the British navy, the deep sea inspiration for Avatar, how Ursula K Le Guin captured the 1960s sexual revolution in her acclaimed novel The Left Hand of Darkness, how Stanley Kubrick made 2001: A Space Odyssey seem so believable, and why a man in a dressing gown became one of science fiction's best-loved heroes in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Among the interviewees are William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker (Star Wars), Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and author Neil Gaiman.
David Tennant will feature in Episode 2 on Invasion and Episode 4 on Time
Tomorrow's Worlds: The Unearthly History Of Science Fiction is being aired as part of the BBC's Science Fiction season. Check out the BBC website for the series where you can view clips from the show and its companion iPlayer series My Life In Science Fiction.