BBC to reboot Tomorrow's World for one-off live special

Exclusive: much-loved technology show returns, updated for modern viewers

The BBC is reviving its science and technology show Tomorrow’s World, 15 years after it was axed.

The popular series is making a comeback, with two of its original presenters Maggie Philbin and Howard Stableford, for a live special this month, which Philbin said was timely given “technology is moving faster than ever”.

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Swap Shop and Saturday morning kids' TV 40 years on

Alex Westthorp Oct 3, 2016

It's 40 years since Multi-Coloured Swap Shop made its television debut and kick-started the Saturday morning kids' TV slot...

Imagine the excitement - it's just before 9.30am on Saturday 2nd October 1976. It's almost like Christmas has come early, such is the anticipation. The nation's kids, who hitherto got their kicks at the Saturday morning pictures, settle in front of their television screens and press the button marked 'BBC1'. Those who read their parents' Radio Times know a new show is about to start with Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ Noel Edmonds at the helm. 28 year old Noel is cool and down with the kids. Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen - the Doctor and Sarah Jane from Doctor Who - are to be the first star guests, and you can actually speak to them live by telephone! The TV set warms up and the familiar blue and yellow BBC
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9 truly bizarre Noel Edmonds moments, from 'electro smog' to spiritual melons and Throttled Cock

Noel Edmonds baffled TV fans this week when he declared that "electro smog" is a bigger world problem than climate change or even Aids.

This might be a surprising claim, were it not for the fact that Mr Blobby's bearded buddy has had more than his fair share of bizarre moments over the years. Whether you consider him a national treasure, a visionary maverick or just plain wrong, here are 9 of his most memorable moments that will surely leave all but the most hardened fans scratching their heads.

1. He claims to be visited by two melon-sized 'spiritual energy' balls

Noel has spoken openly about his belief in Spiritualism and cosmic ordering, a version of positive thinking in which people can write down their wishes and wait for them to materialise.

After being introduced to the practice by his reflexologist, he went on to write his own book titled Positively Happy:
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Open thread: if Tomorrow's World came back, what should it be like?

Former presenter Maggie Philbin thinks the BBC should revive its popular science show, but how?

The BBC cancelled its popular science show Tomorrow's World in 2003 after 38 years, but every so often, there are calls to bring it back.

Rose-tinted nostalgia, or a recognition that there's a science and technology-shaped gap on primetime television here in the UK? The former presenter Maggie Philbin is the latest to call for a revival for the latter reason.

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Oldham College Leads on Digital Developments

Oldham College is leading the way on national digital developments with involvement at two prestigious events in London recently - one at the House of Commons with the Skills Minister - and the TeenTech Awards with celebrities including Stephen Fry and James May.

Both unique opportunities reflect Oldham College’s expertise in digital and creative industries, which will be showcased later this year with the opening of the UK’s first ever Digital Career College.

On Tuesday 24 June, Oldham College Principal Alun Francis was invited to the House of Commons for a meeting hosted by Lord Baker in association with the Career Colleges Trust. Career Colleges were launched by Lord Baker last year as a new innovation in employer-led education, combining academic and vocational studies within a specific industry specialism. Educational and industry leaders discussed the future of vocational education with Luke Johnson, Chair of the Career Colleges Trust and Guest of Honour, Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise. Employers were called upon to make pledges, setting out how they could potentially help a Career College and what they could add.

Alun was joined by members of the Employers Advisory Board created to work on the development of the Digital Career College - Lawrence Jones, the CEO of UK Fast, one of the city’s fastest growing technology companies and Gail Jones, their Commercial Director and Liane Grimshaw, a consultant with 20 years’ experience in the creative and digital industries who is currently setting up SupaReal, a new digital marketing agency.

Oldham College Principal Alun Francis said: “This important initiative is a new relationship between education advisors and employers so that we bring the best education expertise and they bring their knowledge of the working environment and the skills they need. We are very pleased at the quality of employer partners on board and feel that we are the platform to provide a different kind of career choice for young people in Oldham.”

On Wednesday 25 June, Oldham College I.T. student Holly King, who is part of a new Young Digital TaskForce* was Master of Ceremonies for the TeenTech Awards at The Royal Society. Initiated by Ed Miliband, the Young Digital TaskForce was recently set up to help shape the UK’s digital future. Maggie Philbin, broadcaster and TaskForce lead, who is keen for students to be involved in influencing national digital policy, said: “The views of young people are crucial to finding a solution to the technology and digital skills gap.” Maggie was so impressed by Holly’s input at the inaugural TaskForce meeting, that she personally invited her to Mc the award ceremony.

The TeenTech Awards, which included a visit from their patron Hrh Duke of York, involved students from across the UK showcasing their ideas for how to make life better simpler or easier. Their projects were judged by a range of well-known people within the science and technology communities. Holly enjoyed the privilege of introducing and sharing stage space with celebrities including Stephen Fry, James May, Maggie Philbin as well as various BBC presenters.

Oldham College’s pioneering facility, the new Digital Career College, will ensure students are both academically and practically prepared for work within technically and creatively driven industries. Alun Francis said: “We want to ensure that students learn what they need to progress whether that’s on to work, an Apprenticeship, or to university. Our curriculum is organised around different growth sectors of the economy and the pathways which students need to follow to work in these sectors.”

In his recent speech on Apprenticeships at the annual conference of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, Matthew Hancock talked about how young people should all go on either to university or into an Apprenticeship after leaving school or college. He said: “It’s a huge opportunity, for Britain to become that high skilled economy we all crave and Apprenticeships that are the envy of the world; and for millions of future Apprentices, to know that Apprenticeships will deliver, higher quality across the board, skills relevant to the future, and give everyone in our country the opportunity to reach their potential.”

Oldham College is passionate about providing employment, training and educational opportunities for its communities and aims to help every student reach their full potential. The College offers a learning environment with industry standard facilities and has close links with many local, regional and national employers. These relationships enrich and broaden the courses the College offers as well as preparing students for progression into employment and higher education. For more information please visit Here

For more information about the Young Digital TaskForce, please visit the website at or to see the video made from the initial workshop in London on
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Maggie Philbin interview: Tomorrow's world for the next generation

The former technology show presenter on her hopes for TeenTech, which hosts science events for youngsters

I was a slightly awkward 13-year-old when I met Maggie Philbin. I'd won a competition to design a logo for unleaded petrol, and she presented the prizes to a group of us assembled in an ugly and inappropriately corporate conference centre in Westminster. The real prize, of course, was meeting the Tomorrow's World presenter, who represented the glamour of primetime television, the inspiration of a successful and authoritative woman, and the wonder of some incredible technology, much of which has become central to our lives.

Twenty-three years after she finished her seven-year stint presenting the BBC's flagship science and technology show, any mention of Philbin triggers a flurry of nostalgia among people of a certain age. Typical tweets about her describe her enthusiasm, her skill at translating complex ideas and willingness to sacrifice her
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Rosemary Gill obituary

Blue Peter producer who transformed weekend children's TV with Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Saturday Superstore

Rosemary Gill, who has died aged 80, was part of the team that redefined the popular BBC children's television series Blue Peter in the 1960s. The programme had a weekly postbag of around 8,000 letters, which, as well as competition entries, included countless ideas from children about what they wanted from the programmes being made for them. These inspired the Saturday-morning show that Rose produced in the following decade, Multi-Coloured Swap Shop.

Rose knew how much children enjoyed swapping things. The TV programme Z-Shed, an experimental phone-in series inviting viewers to talk to experts about matters such as bullying, homework and pocket money, had proved how good children were on the phone – they were far less waffly than many adults. That show's presenter, Noel Edmonds, was a young, long-haired DJ from Radio 1 with minimal TV experience.

Edward Barnes,
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Six to watch: science shows

Some TV science series set off a chemical reaction to capture the public's imagination, so which are your favourites?

The study of physics and science might be sadly declining, but television has a noble history of creating science shows that have a spirit of adventure and sense of wonder – and importantly don't make viewers cringe. So which science shows have proved to be the best televisual experiments? Here are six of our favourites – for grown-ups and kids. Let us know whether they'd have been your choices and which shows you'd add to the list.

The Men in White: 2006

Channel 4's much mourned and often very funny kids show where three funky scientists (Adam Rutherford, Basil Singer, and Jem Stansfield, the latter popping up later on bang Goes The Theory – see below) tried to solve average, everyday problems, consequently creating a fart detector and "pimping" a false leg.

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Tim Macavoy's "Brit Bits:" Stonewall UK on Gay Representation, Will Young Speaks Out and More!

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson who was nominated for Stonewall's Bigot of the Year award in 2007 for refusing to apologize for derogatory gay jibes he uttered on his primetime TV show, has done it again. An exchange with former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell, which was cut from the broadcast version of the show, has come to light after Campbell blogged about the experience.

Jeremy Clarkson

"I cannot remember how the subject of homosexuality came up, but I said at one point that he wasn't very sound on gay rights … Oh yes I am, he said, adding, to more laughter from the largely adoring crowd 'I demand the right not to be bummed.'

"I had the immediate thought that this was unlikely to be broadcast at 8 Pm on a Sunday, with "Songs of Praise" still ringing in some ears, but nonetheless chipped in that I suspected he was worried that he might like it.
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Award-winning sci-fi film Triple Hit at Falstaff International Film Festival

Leamington Spa film company Entanglement Productions has won third place in the Best Film category of the Iov (Institute of Videography) awards with its sci-fi thriller Triple Hit.

The film's writer/producer/director Huw Bowen is pictured below receving the award from Iov's Chris Waterlow and former Tomorrow's World star Maggie Philbin in an Oscars-style ceremony at the Iov Annual Convention, held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Triple Hit was one of only five short-listed titles within the Best Film category. Judges were looking for exceptional video production standards, originality and creative flair.

The film is among the 150-plus movies being screened this week at the first Falstaff International Film Festival in Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire.

The film - previously called Schrodinger's Girl - centres on Rebecca Hunter, a disgraced scientist conducting research into alternate universes. She discovers a way to travel between realities and then finds her parallel-world counterparts have
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