British commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned London indie Spun Gold TV to produce the one-off documentary 21st Century Firsts.
The 90-minute special will follow actor and TV presenter Stephen Fry (pictured) as he takes viewers through his top 21 “firsts” of the 21st Century, exploring the era before smartphones, satellite-based radio navigation systems and selfies.
21st Century Firsts will focus on the day-to-day services now taken for granted that have completely transformed society, from Facebook to Twitter and dating apps such as Tinder, to ride share apps Uber and Lyft, AirBnB and food delivery apps. The special will also highlight some of the breakthroughs in medicine, technology, sport and culture.
The film will additionally feature interviews with experts on these technological and medical advances, as well as the ordinary people who were involved in these firsts, including the woman who first voiced the inaugural satellite navigation system.
Spun Gold’s Christian Watt directs, with Louise Quayle producing and Bridget Boseley serving as executive producer. 21st Century Firsts was commissioned by ITV’s Jo Clinton-Davis.
“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,” said Spun Gold MD Daniela Neuman in a statement.