Tomorrow’s World predicts HD, 3D and Holographic TV in 1986

Tommorow's World

For almost 40 years, between 1965 and 2003, the BBC broadcast a science and technology show called Tomorrow’s World. I didn’t start watching until the early 80’s but for 10 years of my young life, this was must-see TV, and I hold it responsible for my unhealthy obsession with gadgets and technology!

I remember the story below from when it was first shown. Viewing it again now, nearly 30 years later, is very interesting. I know that anyone can future-gaze and guess at what might be still to come, but Tomorrow’s World were incredibly accurate in their reporting here.

Widescreen, High-Definition, flat-screens and 3D are all referred to here and all have come to pass. I’m not so sure about the prediction for holographic TV’s but I love the concept that they’ve used!

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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3 thoughts on “Tomorrow’s World predicts HD, 3D and Holographic TV in 1986

  1. Max Power says:

    There was a parody of “Tomorrow’s World” called “Look Around You” Adult Swim aired it briefly, but I can only find it on youtube now

  2. I used to love the similar show “beyond 2000” on discovery back in the 90s. Unfortunately they killed it off a long long time ago, brought back a pathetic shadow of it’s former glory for a few years, then killed it off again permanently. Rewatching clips of that show now is quite interesting, seeing how close they got on some things & how we’re still waiting for others to hit the market. I posted an episode of it on here almost exactly a year ago. Interestingly, it was from 1987 & predicted smart homes, with computer controlled locks, blinds, etc.
    http://www.retroist.com/2013/03/11/beyond-2000-a-case-of-modern-retro-futurism/

    Discovery channel used to have a lot of good shows like these (and the secret life of machines and the connections series), it’s very unfortunate that they dumped them all in favor of the dull “reality” junk they have now.

  3. Damn it, like I need more things to watch… Look Around You is new to me and I’ve already spent a lunchbreak laughing loudly at clips on Youtube, what a great concept and show! I have seen a few episodes of Beyond 2000 and I’ll be sure to try and watch some more of that too, though I remember finding it lacking when compared to Tomorrow’s World.

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