James Burke Connections

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Connections is a ten-episode documentary television series created, written and presented by science historian James Burke. The series was produced and directed by Mick Jackson of the BBC Science & Features Department and first aired in 1978 (UK) and 1979 (USA). It took an interdisciplinary approach to the history of science and invention and demonstrated how various discoveries, scientific achievements, and historical world events were built from one another successively in an interconnected way to bring about particular aspects of modern technology. The series was noted for Burke’s crisp and enthusiastic presentation (and dry humour), historical reenactments, and intricate working models.

James Burke Connections, 9.5 out of 10 based on 21 ratings

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  • darwind

    love this show

  • Dogburt

    It’s a shame that they don’t do documentaries like these anymore. What a fantastic series of films. It might be over 30 years old, but still amazingly flawless.

  • drawman61

    Used to watch James Burke all the time. How about that coincience, Flight 911?

  • Brevan

    10/10

    - The initial episode of the series did not impress me as much as the other 9 episodes, but it does a good job of describing what the series will be about.
    - Narration performed clearly, and with a good pace of points and descriptions.
    - Video quality is slightly poor by modern standards, but that isn’t very important because the narrative is the purpose of the series.
    - The tying together of points across episodes in the series is excellently orchestrated.
    - The style of connecting events and technologies to form a narrative is still relatively uncommon in documentaries, which makes this series novel.
    - A very entertaining show for those studying history and the motivations of those who created history.

  • brutal_product

    Saw this as a kid on PBS (WTTW/Chicago), when it came out in the USA. Top notch series which still holds to this day. I am so happy to have found it here and intact on Doc Heaven. Thank you very much!

  • Godinn

    Am all around great time for the entire family.

  • roland

    Great to see this thought provoking series again, which I saw on BBC TV in the seventies, and it has not lost anything in over 30 years. How wierd though, beginning in The WTC and after going up to the roof he starts talking about Scandinavian airlines flight 911, and then also the power failure was on the 9th of November – 9/11 in the UK.