is a current and long-running BBC
and philosophy documentary
The programme was first broadcast on 2 May 1964 with The World of Buckminster Fuller
which explored the theories and structures of inventor Richard Buckminster Fuller
and included the Horizon mission statement, The aim of Horizon is to provide a platform from which some of the world's greatest scientists and philosophers can communicate their curiosity, observations and reflections, and infuse into our common knowledge their changing views of the universe
There have been 46 seasons and 1,084 episodes produced.
Broad coverage of science topics
has investigated an eclectic mix of subjects and controversial topics such as 'Does the MMR
jab cause autism
?'; it opened the awareness of consumers to the use of whale meat in pet food in 1972; and produced award-winning documentary-dramas
such as 'Life Story
' in 1987 which dramatised the discovery of the structure of DNA
. A 1978 programme about the silicon chip
predicted the decline of the Swiss watch industry. In 1993, an Emmy
winning episode called "Assault on the Male" about decreasing male fertility, was given a special screening at the White House
The format of the series has varied over the......