STEPHEN FRY’S 100 GREATEST GADGETS
Partners: North One Television for Channel 4, distributed by All3Media
Length: 2 x 60 minutes
Aired: August 2011 (Channel 4, UK)
Rights available: Worldwide except UK
Admittedly, we’d probably watch any factual program featuring the wit and candor of Stephen Fry, even if it merely involved him reading the phone book aloud. Thankfully, this light-hearted but informational look at the world of gadgets has a bit more takeaway. Here, Fry reveals his personal list of the top 100 gadgets in recorded history, ranging from such modern items as the iPad and its smaller cousin the iPhone, to more humble doodads such as the apple peeler.
Indeed, Fry’s notion of what constitutes gadgetry is not limited to modern-day technological wizardry, and it may not be too much of a spoiler to reveal that his top gadget doesn’t need an external power source. Interviews with assorted fellow gadget-heads and Fry’s inimitable delivery help prevent the show from getting bogged down in geekdom, and Fry’s choices will surely provoke discussion, perhaps via some gadget or other.