Beyond 2000 (1985–1999)

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1999 | 1998 | 1993 | 1992 | 1985
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Simon Reeve ...
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A documentary about technological innovations that were supposed to improve our lives and be widely available to the mass market soon after the year 2000. Most inventions and ideas were outstanding. However, now that 2000 has passed even the concepts in the earliest shows appear just as futuristic and seem just as unlikely to be in consumer use in the near future as they did during the 1980s. Written by Sid Dithers <sid@dithers.com>

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Beyond Productions killed goose that laid the golden eggs.
6 January 2008 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

Beyond 2000 was easily my favourite TV show of the late 80's, it had a very cool intro sequence but most importantly great reporting of science and technology developments worldwide from a team of talented reporters. I had a chance to re-watch most of them several years ago when channel seven screened these at late night (otherwise the memories would be too faded), it still held up well and it was interesting to see how developments had panned out down the track 15 years later.

Watching them in a compressed timeframe, it was clear what happened to Beyond 2000: the show's budget got cut further and further until it was just a few reporters without a studio stuck doing Australian-only stories that had to be stretched out to fill an hour. Little wonder why the show lost viewers and got cancelled. It was unsuccessfully revived at least twice in the 90's in a low-budget format, with only two presenters. Beyond's penny pinching was again evident with Beyond Tomorrow, the heralded return of prime-time science/tech news reporting, to Mystbusters' watchers disbelief they filled in the last segment of each show with a re-edited Mythbusters segment.

Unfortunately I never seem to get around to regularly watching Beyond 2000's true successor, Catalyst on the ABC (Beyond 2000 was originally an ABC show).


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