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Future Fantastic
Genre Science fiction documentary
Directed by Penny Southgate
Presented by Gillian Anderson
Theme music composer HAL / real VIVID
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Executive producer(s) Edward Briffa
Producer(s) David McNab, Jasper James
Editor(s) Allan Fowlie, David Sleight
Running time 24 min
Original channel BBC
Picture format 4:3
First shown in 1996

Future Fantastic was a British documentary television series which premiered in 1996. This show looked at the how science and science fiction complement each other, and how ideas and technologies from the past are helping to shape our future. The series was narrated by Gillian Anderson and co-produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation, The Learning Channel and Pro Sieben.



  1. Alien: Discusses the possibility of encountering intelligent life on other planets.
  2. I, Robot: Discusses the evolving and growing role of artificial intelligence, computers, and robots in our everyday life.
  3. Starman: Looks at how we might eventually reach the stars.
  4. Incredible Shrinking Planet: Looks at the future of transport, including teleportation and time travel.
  5. Brave New Body: Looks into how body modification will shape our lives in the future.
  6. Weird Science: Shows how we have come close to defying gravity, and achieving invisibility and perpetual energy.
  7. Underneath a purple sky: Looks at the future of space tourism.
  8. Immortal: Questions whether we may ever achieve immortality.

Theme music

The theme music to Future Fantastic was by HAL [1] who later collaborated with Gillian Anderson on the track "Extremis" which was released by Virgin Records in 1997[2].


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