BBC America have released a preview clip for their new four-part exploration of science fiction which premières next month.
THE REAL HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION asks filmmakers, writers, actors and graphic artists to look back on their experiences and on how their obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown.
The series will be narrated by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who) and will feature exclusive new interviews with Doctor Who's David Tennant, Steven Moffat and Karen Gillan, Castle's Nathan Fillon, Zoe Saldana, Scott Bakula, Director John Carpenter, Writer/Producer Chris Carter, Veronica Cartwright, Peter Coyote, Richard Dreyfuss, Director Roland Emmerich, Author/Screenwriter Neil Gaiman, Rutger Hauer, Director Rian Johnson, Dr. Michio Kaku, Director John Landis, Author Ursula K. LeGuin, Christopher Lloyd, Executive Producer/Writer Ronald D. Moore, Nichelle Nichols, Edward James Olmos, Haley Joel Osment, William Shatner, Director Paul Verhoeven, Peter Weller and many more!
THE REAL HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION premières SATURDAY APR 19 at 10pm/9c on BBC AMERICA
Part One: ROBOTS
What if our creations turn against us? The idea of creating life has fascinated society since the earliest days of science fiction. The first installment of the four-part series, Robots transports viewers from the first steps of Frankenstein’s monster to the threat provided by the Terminator and the world of Cyberspace. Find out how Rutger Hauer created one of the greatest speeches in all of science fiction for Blade Runner. Discover from Kenny Baker the challenge of acting in Star Wars while inside the body of R2D2, and learn how Anthony Daniels was drawn to the role of C-3PO by concept art modeled closely on the robot from the silent classic Metropolis. Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner) discusses how he managed to create a whole new approach to robot design. The creators of the original Robocop describe how its hidden depths have given it enduring appeal and William Gibson reveals the origins of his seminal novel Neuromancer. From HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey to the Cylons of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica and the world of The Matrix, this is a journey that asks – what does it mean to be human?
The new original documentary series is a BBC AMERICA and BBC Two co-production and will air on BBC Two later this year.