How We Got To Now

Well done Nutopia for producing How We Got to Now a truly fascinating 5 x 60 documentary series for BBC2 and PBS about the history of great ideas.  We sat down to watch it thinking it might be a bit… well over our heads but far from it. This is TV science at its best! From frozen foods entrepreneur Clarence Birdseye to Internet visionary Tim Berners-Lee, Hollywood “Golden Age” actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr to mother of radioactivity Marie Curie, and from Thomas Alva Edison to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, the series shows how the best ideas can come from surprising places. “This series is a love letter to the thinkers, inventors, tinkerers and hackers who have driven human progress,” said Jane Root, executive producer for Nutopia, the studio behind the series. The music is composed by Voodoo Highway (aka James Chapple, Graeme Cornies, David Brian Kelly and Brian Leigh Pickett). The New York Times described the show as “an exceedingly watchable history lesson”. Picture above shows presenter Steven Johnson on the first in the series, “Clean” all about how we discovered the joys of cleanliness.