Tomorrow’s Worlds: The Unearthly History Of Science Fiction (4 x 60′) – A landmark series that 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.
He 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 hears 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.
The series 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.
Producer: BBC Arts
Source: BBC press release