Last night the CCH museum hosted a rescreening of the amusing drama Micro Men, which covers Acorn and Sinclair at the time of the BBC contract. Jason Fitzpatrick of the museum hosted, and ran a panel afterwards with Christopher Curry, Steve Furber and Hermann Hauser. Here’s the after-showing chat:
Here’s an unlicensed copy of the original 80 min drama:
There are a few snippets from the drama, on the BBC’s site:
Affectionately comic drama about the British home computer boom of the early 1980s.
Legendary inventor Clive Sinclair battles it out with ex-employee Chris Curry, founder of Acorn Computers, for dominance in the fledgling market.
The rivalry comes to a head when the BBC announce their Computer Literacy Project, with the stated aim of putting a micro in every school in Britain. When Acorn wins the contract, Sinclair is furious, and determines to outsell the BBC Micro with his ZX Spectrum computer.
Home computing arrives in Britain in a big way, but is the country big enough for both men?
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