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Season 1989 1989

  • 1989-01-09T21:00:00Z on BBC Two
  • 50 mins
  • 16 hours, 40 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary
Horizon is BBC Two's flagship 50-minute science documentary series. In September 2004 it celebrated its 40th anniversary and it continues to enjoy outstanding critical acclaim. Recognised as the world leader in its field, it regularly wins a sweep of international science, medical and environmental film accolades, and has recently won the Royal Television Society Award and the Prix Italia. In 2002, the British Academy of Film & Television Arts presented Horizon with the BAFTA Television Award for Best Factual Series or Strand. In 2003 it won the prestigious Images et Science award for best medical documentary and the Carl von Linne Award at the Living Europe film festival in Sweden. That year, a Horizon co-production with WGBH Boston won the Emmy for best documentary.

20 episodes

1989x01 The Book of Man

  • Season Premiere


Horizon looks again at the Human Genome Project which aims to decipher or sequence all genes.

Horizon reports on the abnormally high incidence of and the early onset of diseases such as senile dementia and Parkinson's disease on the island of Guam in the Pacific. Scientists have now linked the diseases to a poison in the native cycad fruit.

In this episode, Horizon presents evidence that even diving in relatively shallow waters can cause serious long term damage to the brain and spinal cord.

This documentary by Horizon demonstrates how smart Weapons use computers to destroy targets, that until now, were only able to be threatened by nuclear weapons.

Horizon looks at the damaging effects of pollution and tourism on the Swiss Alps in Europe.

Horizon answers the question: What are the alternatives for the elderly in Britain who can't live at home, or in a rest home or nursing home, or part of a sheltered accommodation?

Horizon brings you an interview with Prof. Eric Laithwaite who presents an engineer's personal view of nature and how new inventions already exist in nature.

In this episode, Horizon presents an investigation into the state of medical research in neurological disorders and the issues with its funding in Britain.

1989x09 Concerto

  • 1989-03-06T21:00:00Z

This documentary by Horizon investigates new technology applied to music.

Horizon covers the story of the Nottingham psychiatrists who study the human race to see who is mostly likely to develop schizophrenia.

This Horizon report covers the Tasaday, a remote Philippine tribe apparently living in the stone age, who are now seen as a hoax. How did they do it?

Horizon explores three types of alternative medicine; homoeopathy, acupuncture, and diagnosing food allergies by testing your toes.

Horizon presents a biography of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein who lived from 1889 to 1951.

This is a Horizon documentary about an investigation into the so-called "sick building syndrome" where occupants contract illnesses because of the environment within the building.

1989x15 Jubilee

  • 1989-05-08T20:00:00Z

How valid have been Horizon's criticisms of scientific orthodoxy and to what effect have the programs had?

1989x16 Crash

  • 1989-05-15T20:00:00Z

Horizon investigates how many of the tragedies on our roads in Britain could be avoided by the introduction of technical and legislative changes.

Horizon follows J. Hooper, a diabetic, as she explores various aspects of biosensor technology.

Horizon presents a profile of noted inventor Clive Sinclair with his family and colleagues reminiscing and analysing his successes and failures.

In this story, Horizon explores how the destructive patterns of child abuse and depression can be broken by concentrating on the mothers of young children.

In this Horizon episode, we look at the effects on the climate from volcanic eruptions.