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Valley of the Boom

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Valley of the Boom

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Tuesdays from 15 January at 8.30pm Channel 072

From the explosive rise of Silicon Valley in the 90s through the 2001 dot-com bust, Valley of the Boom charts the rise, fall and rebirth of tech as we’ve come to know it. The development of the World Wide Web saw creativity and innovation collide with unlimited potential as Wall Street and venture capitalists poured cash in to a system they knew nothing about, with no means for control.

Valley of the Boom pulls back the curtain and introduces the audience to the real stories of these founders’ friendships, rivalries, victories and failures. Told with unparalleled access to the most groundbreaking and prominent figures in the tech world, the six-part limited series follows the stories that made the history of the era.  

From STXtv, the television division of Robert Simonds’ STX Entertainment, along with creator, showrunner, director and executive producer Matthew Carnahan (Showtime’s “House of Lies”) and executive producer Arianna Huffington.  The series stars an ensemble cast led by two-time Emmy award-winning actor Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”, “Cabin in the Woods”, “The West Wing”), Steve Zahn (“War of the Planet of the Apes,” “Dallas Buyers Club”) and Lamorne Morris (“Game Night”, “New Girl”).

Valley of the Boom is set to premiere on National Geographic, Channel 72, on Tuesday 15 January and later On Demand & SKY GO.

 

There are two additional companion specials also premiering in Janurary:

 

1989: The Year that Made Us - Mondays from 14 January at 9.30pm 

No other year in recent history has played a more pivotal role in shaping the present than 1989. 30 years later, we look at the iconic events that defined this year and continue to dominate public conversation from fundamentalism and race to gender equality and the influence of the internet. The end of the Cold War... the dismantling of Apartheid, the launch of the World Wide Web.. and the premiere of The Simpsons. If just one of these took place in 1989, it would be considered a watershed year, but these were just the beginning.

 

Inside the Internet: 50 years of Life Online - Tuesday 8 January at 8.30pm

The programme will explore the ways the web has changed the fabric of society in the past five decades. Featuring interviews with our digital forefathers as well as celebrities who have made their mark on the platform, it reveals the unknown baby steps, most shocking miscues and forgotten milestones that led to the creation of the information superhighway. It delves into how the Internet has changed life as we know it – from the impact on our friendships, love lives, commerce, politics – and asks the question, “how did we get here”?