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OU on the BBC: Electric Dreams

Updated Sunday 6th March 2011

How has technology transformed our homes, and what has it done to our families?

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Electric Dreams

How has technological change impacted family life? One family finds out, when they are taken back in time to live with the technology of the 70s, 80s and 90s in Electric Dreams. Explore technology past with our interactive makeover.

First broadcast: Tuesday 13 Oct 2009 on BBC FOUR
You can see Electric Dreams on BBC Four on Sunday nights from March 6th 2011.

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