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Photocopier, The / The Office

Synopsis
Tim Hunkin humorously explains the workings of familiar office technology. His technique is to present the scientific principles and show how the machines evolved by using demonstrations and animated cartoon sequences.
1: The history and development of the photocopier, which began with Chester Carlson’s experiments with static electricity in 1937, and continued through the Xerox machine to the modern copier, which is deomonstrated.
2: The evolution of the modern office, from the introduction of printed forms to increase railway safety in the 1840s, through the technology that followed: the typewriter (1875), the telephone (1876), the filing cabinet (1892), the office block. Traces the progressive libaralisation of the office and office management and the complexities resulting from the introuction of information technology,
Series
Secret Life of Machines, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 52 min.
Year of production
1992
Availability
Sale; 1997 sale: £14.99 (+VAT +p&p)
Notes
Broadcast on C4 on 18/3/93 and 25/3/93.
Subjects
Technology
Keywords
management practices; office machines; photocopying

Credits

Director
Frank Prendergast
Producer
Elizabeth Queenan
Writer
Tim Hunkin
Cast
Rex Garrod 
Tim Hunkin 

Sections

Title
Photocopier, The
Synopsis
1: The history and development of the photocopier, which began with Chester Carlson's experiments with static electricity in 1937, and continued through the Xerox machine to the modern copier, which is deomonstrated.

Title
Office, The
Synopsis
2: The evolution of the modern office, from the introduction of printed forms to increase railway safety in the 1840s, through the technology that followed: the typewriter (1875), the telephone (1876), the filing cabinet (1892), the office block. Traces t

Production Company

Name

Artifax Productions

Sponsor

Name

Channel Four Television

Phone
071-396 4444
Address
LONDON
SW1P 2TX

Distributor

Name

Team Video Productions

Email
admin@team-video.co.uk
Web
http://www.team-video.co.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 8960 5536
Fax
020 8960 9784
Address
PO Box 38194
London
W10 5WZ
Notes
Producer and distributor of DVD-based teaching packs for schools and colleges that aim to stimulate discussion on issues in areas including citizenship, religious education, critical thinking, energy and environment, and careers/work experience.

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