ITV has commissioned Spun Gold TV to produce a 1×90′ special in which Stephen Fry takes viewers through his top 21 ‘firsts’ of the 21st Century, exploring an era before smart-phones, sat-nav and selfies.

Focussing on the day-to-day the services which have transformed our lives such as Facebook,  Tweeting, Tinder, Uber, Airbnb, and Deliveroo, the documentary special will also highlight some of the awe-inspiring breakthroughs in medicine, technology, sport and culture.

Since the 20th Century the pace of life has speeded up exponentially and 21st Century Firsts charts the rise and fall of the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution.  Alongside Fry, the programme interviews experts on the advances as well as the ordinary people who were involved in these firsts – such as the woman who was the voice of the first sat nav.

Daniela Neuman, MD of Spun Gold TV says: “The last two decades have fundamentally changed the way we all live, work and relate to each other. This ITV special commemorates and celebrates 21 years of extraordinary advancement for humankind, in an entertaining, roller-coaster of a ride.

21st Century Firsts is directed by Christian Watt, produced by Louise Quayle and executive produced by Bridget Boseley. It was commissioned by Jo Clinton-Davis.

Jon Creamer

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