A wealthy couple come into possession of an anthropoid named Jerry. Based on a story by Robert Heinlein.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host (as Professor Stephen Hawking)
Martha Von Vogel
Pudgy Dodge
Val Cole ...
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Osmond L. Bramble ...
Judge #2
Judge Pomfrey
Judge #3


A wealthy couple come into possession of an anthropoid named Jerry. Based on a story by Robert Heinlein.

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Drama | Sci-Fi






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18 August 2007 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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A witty look at the rich of tomorrow
22 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What will home help be like for future rich humans? This episode will attract you if you appreciate an almost complete absence of noisy super-fast computer graphics. Instead you have a focus on acting and the spoken word such as you would have met 20- 30 years ago. No music will tell you what to think or feel.

No -one can dispute Robert Heinlein's vision that increased leisure will produce some weird results. The sharp focus and rich colours of the interiors depict perfectly a future for a rich class. The moral dilemmas are provided in the courtroom case concerning Jerry.

A huge corporation is represented by three humans, with Malcolm McDowell's wonderfully explosive character dominating. Whether you favour Doglas Adams's or Isaac Asimov's more cautious view of such a future institution, you will not be disappointed. If you listen carefully, some of the questions we all have to be asking ourselves, which concern the nature of future mechanisms which come into contact with humans on an everyday basis, will be answered.

This episode is the first that I have watched from this series. Thank goodness it IS possible to translate on to the screen some of the absorbing questions about robotics and related developments and how they will affect society in the future, in the amusing way that written sci fiction deals with them. I await other developments from this Masters of sci fiction series with much less scepticism than I would have thought possible!!

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