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.
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.