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BBC date for computing centre curator

THE FOUNDER of a pioneering museum documenting man's journey into a computerised society has seen his knowledge – and computer collection – sourced by television producers once again, and this time he even got a little acting role.

Jason Fitzpatrick, curator of Haverhill's Centre For Computing History, has previously helped with geeky comedy The IT Crowd, on Channel 4. Tonight he can be seen on BBC4 in Micro Men, part of the channel's Electric Revolution season, an 'affectionately comic' account of the 80s race for home computer supremacy.

Jason, who runs Pure Energy Multimedia, said: "It was a unique experience. Just watch out for me dancing at a 70s-style party.

"On a more serious note, I also designed and built from scratch, the propotype BBC micro seen in the film.

"The original no longer exists, so I had to build it based on two old photos of the machine and guidance from the original designers."

Micro Men stars Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong and Miller) as Sir Clive Sinclair (of ZX Spectrum fame, among others) and Martin Freeman (The Office) as his former colleague Chris Curry. Earlier this year, the Centre For Computing History had a stand at the Gadget Show Live exhibition, based on the Channel 5 show, and was voted the most popular stand in the display.

The museum, which is available to visit by appointment, supplied all the props for Micro Men, and the team behind the collection aims to show people the significance of computers in every aspect of modern life.

Micro Men is on BBC4 tonight at 9pm. To see a trailer and for more information, visit www.computinghistory.org.uk

 
 
 

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