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Nutopia to make How We Got to Now for BBC and PBS

Nutopia to make How We Got to Now for BBC and PBS
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Pippa Considine
07 August 2013

The BBC has ordered six part series How We Got To Now (w/t) from Nutopia, in a co-production deal with PBS in the US

Presented by US science and technology author Steven Johnson, the six-part series explores the power and the legacy of great ideas, including why and how ideas happen and their sometimes unintended results, from how the search for clean water opened the way to invention of the iPhone, to how overheating in a printing business led to the invention of air conditioning
 
In each episode Johnson will explain phenomenon such as 'how do we make something cold?'¬Ě and  'how do we create light?' along with discoveries through the web of ideas and innovations that made each finding possible. Tracking each pursuit through history both ancient and contemporary, Johnson reveals tales of unsung heroes and radical revolutions that changed the world and the way we live in it.
 
"PBS science programs explore the big, intriguing questions," said Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager of General Audience Programming for PBS.¬Ě

The show has major funding from the CPB/PBS Program Challenge Fund.
 
The series will be distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.
 
Diene Petterle, producer of Wickedest City and Secret Life of Twins will series produce. Executive producers are Peter Lovering, Jane Root and Michael Jackson
 
Riverhead Books will publish the companion book to the series in Autumn 2014.

Steven Johnson is a web entrepreneur and best-selling author. His books include Where Good Ideas Come From, Everything Bad is Good for You, The Ghost Map¬Ě, The Invention of Air and most recently Future Perfect.
 
 

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