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Micro Men will be repeated on the 24/02/11 at 21:00 on BBC Four. All computer hardware and most props were supplied by The Centre for Computing History who are a computer museum based near Cambridge. Jason Fitzpatrick, the curator of the museum played a small part in the film as David Johnson David. See if you can see him dancing in the background!
The BBC website says the following about the show…
Affectionately comic drama about the British home computer boom of the early 1980s.
Legendary inventor Clive Sinclair battles it out with ex-employee Chris Curry, founder of Acorn Computers, for dominance in the fledgling market.
The rivalry comes to a head when the BBC announce their Computer Literacy Project, with the stated aim of putting a micro in every school in Britain. When Acorn wins the contract, Sinclair is furious, and determines to outsell the BBC Micro with his ZX Spectrum computer.
Home computing arrives in Britain in a big way, but is the country big enough for both men?
If you missed the program, you can catch it on the BBC iPlayer. There is also a review in this post : Micro Men – A Review.
Micro Men, a film about Sir Clive, inventor of the Sinclair Spectrum, and Chris Curry, inventor of the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron, didn’t immediately sound like it was going to have mass appeal. It cued, in my mind, memories of the BBC’s 2008 documentary on The Making Of ELITE, in which John Snow tried his best to make two students writing mnemonics about wire-frame universes sound interesting; my girlfriend was asleep after about three minutes!
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