OU on the BBC: Digital Planet: BBC World Service - History of computing

Updated Tuesday 26th May 2009

From the first programmable computer to games machines reinvented as musical instruments – there's a few surprises in the history of computing.

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For the theme of our third special episode of Digital Planet, we're taking at look back at the history of computing with an episode recorded largely on location at Bletchley Park, which lies just outside Milton Keynes in the UK, a city which also happens to be home to The Open University.

 

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