We have produced a Style Guide to help editors follow a standard format when editing a listing. If you are unsure how best to edit this programme please take a moment to read it.
Can you imagine the frustration of not being able to speak or write? For over 30 years Dick Boydell, a spastic, was in that position. Then a British invention, the Possum, allowed him to write using his foot; soon after, he was able to start work as a computer programmer.
Last year, for "Horizon", Dick made his first trip to America to try out some extraordinary new machines designed to give artificial, synthetic voices to the disabled. Operated by the tapping of a foot or the twitch of a muscle, they can open up a new world for the speechless. This is the story, told by Dick himself, of that moving, disturbing, yet often humorous journey to the Artificial Language Research Laboratory in Michigan, where some people are at last beginning to break out of the prison of silence.
'Astonishing and moving' (TIMES HEALTH SUPPLEMENT)
'An extraordinary piece of television' (NEW SCIENTIST)
Tell us more or contact us
Do you know something about this programme that we have not included above?
Or would you like to ask the Genome team a question?
At present this site reflects the contents of the
published Radio Times BBC listings. We will retain
information submitted to us for possible future use,
to help fill in gaps in the data and to help us bring
the BBC’s broadcast history to life, but we will
not be publishing it at this stage.
Do you know something about this programme that we have
not included in the listing?
Or do you have a question about this programme?
If so, would you like a reply?
If you have a question or would like to tell us more
about this programme and would like a response,
please email: email@example.com
NB: We cannot respond to information submitted from this form
About this project
This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed
in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC
programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.
We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC
programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement
with the BBC.
There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a
historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any
given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the
understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time
- not those of today.
Feedback about Horizon: Finding a Voice, BBC One London, 22.50, 5 August 1982
Please leave this link here so we can find the programme you're
Welcome to BBC Genome
Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and
is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to
obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in
programmes, online etc.
This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers,
images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio
Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available
externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.