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PBS readies “Breakthrough: Ideas That Changed The World”

American pubcaster PBS is preparing a series that looks at how six inventions shaped our world. Produced by Bigger Bang Productions, the 6 x 30-minute series Breakthrough: Ideas That Changed The World ...
March 22, 2019

American pubcaster PBS is preparing a series that looks at how six inventions shaped our world.

Produced by Bigger Bang Productions, the 6 x 30-minute series Breakthrough: Ideas That Changed The World tells the story of humanity’s ingenuity through iconic, modern-day objects, including the telescope, airplanes, androids, automobiles, rockets and smartphones.

Narrated by actor Patrick Stewart, Breakthrough captures the surprising accidents and the visionaries struggling through joy, despair, poverty and, in some cases, death, to advance humankind. Featured notables include Alexander Graham Bell, Carl and Bertha Benz, Henry Ford, Hedy Lamarr, and more.

The premiere episode looks back in time to see how humans invented the telescope and how it was used to discover the universe; as well as those throughout history, from Galileo Galilei to Edwin Hubble, responsible for creating the telescope.

Series executive producers are Ben Bowie and Iain Riddick, and the series producer is Tim Green.

Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World debuts April 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video app.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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