New Series Profiles Technological Breakthroughs
Take a mind-blowing journey through human history, told through six iconic objects that modern people take for granted, and see how science, invention and technology built on one another to change everything. Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World premieres Wednesday, April 17, at 10pm on CET and ThinkTV16.
Told through iconic, modern-day objects – the telescope, airplane, robot, car, rocket and smartphone – the series is the culmination of the long-held human dream to explore, communicate and find one’s place in the universe.
“Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed The World is an engaging and wildly entertaining tour of the historical timelines of modern-day marvels and fascinating history makers,” Bill Margol, Senior Director, Programming & Development at PBS said in a press release. “It reveals how science, invention and technology don’t always take the straightest path and sometimes our greatest innovations have come in unexpected ways, through visionaries who were more revolutionary than evolutionary.”
Through incredible, lesser-known stories of familiar history, Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed The World captures the secrets of today’s world through surprising accidents, colorful characters, and moments of joy and despair. Often stretching to the beginning of human civilization itself, each hour-long episode shares thousands of years of thought, struggle, determination and insight.
Featuring passionate visionaries such as Alexander Graham Bell, Carl and Bertha Benz, Henry Ford, Robert Goddard, Hedy Lamarr, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Ada Lovelace, Samuel Morse and more, the series captures how these revolutionary individuals, who faced triumphs and challenges – ridicule, poverty and, in some cases, death – advanced humankind with breakthrough after breakthrough.
Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed The World airs at 10pm on consecutive Wednesdays between April 17 through May 22 on ThinkTV16. The broadcast schedule is the same for CET except that, on April 24, the program will be interrupted for the CET Action Auction. That episode, featuring the airplane, will air at 10pm Wednesday, April 24, on CET Create and then at 2am on Thursday, April 25, on CET, for those setting their DVRs.