Beyond Tomorrow (TV series)
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|Towards 2000 (1981–1984) |
Beyond 2000 (1985–1995, 1999)
Beyond Tomorrow (2005–2006)
Beyond Tomorrow opening sequence title
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of episodes||Beyond 2000: 475|
Beyond Tomorrow: 50
|Executive producer(s)||Lloyd Capps - creator Towards 2000 (1981-84)
Beyond 2000 Peter Abbott (1985- 1993) |
John Hosking (1993 - 1996)
David Alrich (2005-2007)
|Camera setup||Single-camera (1981-1993)|
|Running time||Approx 42 minutes|
|Original network||ABC (1981–1983)|
Seven Network (1984–1993)
Network Ten (1993–1995, 1999)
|Picture format||576p EDTV (2005-2007) |
PAL (576i) before
|Audio format||Monaural (1981-1999)|
|Original release||Beyond 2000: 27 July 1985|
Beyond Tomorrow: 1 June 2005 –
30 August 2006
Beyond Tomorrow is an Australian television series produced by Beyond Television Productions. It began airing in 1981 as Towards 2000, then in 1985 was renamed Beyond 2000, a name the show kept until its cancellation in 1999. It then started airing again in 2005 with the name Beyond Tomorrow.
Towards 2000 and Beyond 2000
Towards 2000 debuted on the ABC in 1981 as a half-hour show dedicated to showcasing developments and inventions in science and technology. Original presenters were Jeffrey Watson, Sonia Humphrey and David Flatman. There were four series of the program (1981,82,83 and 84) and it was a popular and high rating success on the national broadcaster. After production finished on the 4th series, the ABC decided not to continue with Towards 2000, and instead started up a new science program, named Catalyst, under the newly appointed Dick Gilling from BBCTV.
The Towards 2000 reporters then spoke with Ted Thomas, General Manager of ATN 7, who agreed that his network could start a new hour long production and name it Beyond 2000, airing until 1993 when it was picked up by Network Ten, airing until 1999. Beyond 2000 was also broadcast internationally, airing on the Discovery Channel in the United States and Canada, on RTÉ in the Republic of Ireland, and on the satellite channel Sky News in Europe and on TV One in New Zealand. An American-produced version of the show also aired on the Discovery Channel in 1992, with an American presenter (Henry Tenenbaum, presently an anchor/reporter for television station KRON San Francisco) used for the studio segments. An American version entitled Beyond Tomorrow was hosted by newsman Dave Marash and aired in the early years of the Fox television network.
Fourteen series of Towards/Beyond 2000 were produced, with the last being made in 1999 as a one-off, after a production break of about four years. At this point, the rising cost of producing the series, coupled with increased competition from other science and technology shows forced the closure of the program.
A Beyond 2000 website was published by the same company between 1999 and 2003. This provided science and technology news, as well as video clips from the old TV shows. The website was summarily axed in a round of company-wide budget cuts that reflected a general downturn in the Australian media industry at the time.
- Sonia Humphrey
- Iain Finlay
- Jeff Watson (broadcaster)
- David Flatman
- Carmel Travers 
- Chris Ardill-Guinness
- Simon Reeve
- Amanda Keller
- Andrew Carroll
- Maxine Gray
- Anthony Griffis
- Dr Caroline West
- Dr John D'Arcy
- Simon Nasht
- Sharon Nash
- Bryan Smith
- Tracey Curro
- Andrew Waterworth
- American versions were presented by Henry Tenenbaum  and Dave Marash
In 2005, Beyond 2000 returned to the Seven Network under the new name of Beyond Tomorrow. The first episode aired 1 June 2005. Picking up where its predecessor left off, Beyond Tomorrow delves even deeper into the world of technological innovations and scientific breakthroughs. Topics range from how probes planted in the brain can now be used to battle Parkinson's disease and obsessive compulsive disorder, to how the grumpiness of North Sea oil workers has led to a cure being found for snoring. Segments from MythBusters, another Beyond Television production, also air as part of the program (criticised by Australian viewers because Beyond Productions also sold Mythbusters to SBS, both shows airing almost at the same timeslots, with the Beyond Tomorrow version redubbing the American narrator with an Australian narrator and calling them "Beyond Tomorrow's Mythbusters", some viewers feeling the company was insulting their intelligence by doing this double dip into the Australian market). The hour-long magazine style episodes feature breakthroughs in all areas of life including the environment, medicine, sport, computers, space, agriculture, transport, architecture, leisure and adventure. Beyond Tomorrow airs in the US on The Science Channel and on Discovery Channel Canada; The series has been criticised by some fans of the earlier "Beyond 2000" for featuring 'futuristic' technologies that are obsolete or have been in common use for several years. The theme music was also criticised for not being on par with "Beyond 2000"'s, some calling it lazy, generic and bland. The official website is no longer up. Production of the show ended in 2007 after 50 episodes, however reruns still continue to air on The Science Channel.
- Matt Shirvington
- Graham Phillips
- Hayden Turner
- Anna Choy
- Dr Caroline West
- Sara Groen
- Grant Denyer
- Kim Watkins (February 2006 - July 2006)
- In the United States, episodes of the series aired on the Fox network, under the Beyond Tomorrow name, from 1988 until 1990. The show was produced by Beyond International Group. From 1992 until its cancellation, the Discovery Channel aired Beyond 2000 with all of the episodes and segment introductions (along with new material) hosted by KRON-TV news anchor Henry Tenenbaum.
- In Sweden, a version called Bortom 2000 was hosted by nature photographer Bo Landin on TV4 in the early 1990s. (The series was short lived, however.)
- In Malaysia, Beyond 2000 previously aired in the late 1980s through the early 1990s on RTM 1 (Later RTM TV1). Beyond Tomorrow would not be aired on the channel, but was eventually aired on the Discovery Channel (Southeast Asia) in the mid-2000s.
- In Indonesia, Beyond 2000 was aired on RCTI every Saturday morning in the early 1990s.