The Computer Programme
This BBC documentary from 1982 tries to bring people closer to the – back then – just emerging micro computers by showing how computers already helped out creating a more efficient society.
This documentary gives a unique insight into 70s and 80s technology, as well as into peoples fears, hopes and images of how the role of the computer might influence the future.
Each programme would normally start with either Serle or McNaught-Davis introducing a real life situation where computers are being (or could be) applied – examples included the office, a car factory and the British Library.
This would form the theme which would underpin the demonstrations shown on the programme.
The theme music to the programme was Kraftwerk’s Computer World, taken from their 1981 album of the same name.
The opening titles was an animation of an owl – the mascot (and logo) of the BBC Microcomputer system – flying into a domestic living room.
Watch the full documentary now (playlist – 4 hours)