When it was announced that Micro Live was ending their was uproar among the home computer user community. After all it was the only show directed at them even if the presenters were a bit sniffy about computer games.
Looking back again at the show on BBC Iplayer I can see why the BBC thought it was a time to call it a day. After all this was part of the BBC computer literacy project which was scheduled to last 5 years and included the launch of the BBC Micro which dominated the school computer scheme. The 5 years had ended and those home computers that launched in the early 1980s had reached the end of their lifespan. The Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore 64 were 5 years old. New models had come out, in some cases the manufacturers had gone bust.
The final program focused on a new stage show looking at the life of Alan Turing. It featured an interview with its star Derek Jacobi. The show was later adapted as a BBC movie with Jacobi again in the role.
The show also looked at the future of computing, in some ways they got it right. I think looking back at it they would be astonished with the rate of change. The internet became widespread, social networking took off. That mobile phone is now also a powerful computer that makes the home computers of the 80s as something from the stone age.
I will always have fond memories of this show.
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