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Michael BuerkTHE HASTINGS home of Helensburgh-born TV inventor John Logie Baird featured in an hour-long ITV documentary on Friday July 5 2013.

In the last of a five-part series entitled 'Britain's Secret Homes', Michael Buerk visited the house at 21 Linton Crescent in Hastings where Baird did his early TV experiments, and met the inventor's grandson, Iain Baird.

Michael said: "The attic room where John Logie Baird invented television was my favourite. There's a bit of a connection for me —if you've made your living out of television for a long time, and the invention of television in the 20th century did change the world in the sense of it has been a window for people to know more, see more, experience more, albeith secondhand, than people have ever been able to do before.

"To think it all started in an attic in what is now a family house in Hastings and is a little girl's bedroom at the moment. And John Logie Baird was up there with bits of hat boxes and wire and cycle bulbs and just invented this thing that changed the world. And of course it had an even bigger impact on my life."

Baird's son, Professor Malcolm Baird, who is president of Helensburgh Heritage Trust and lives in Canada, said: "Jan Leman and I visited the house in 2002 for rhe making of the documentary 'JLB — the man who saw the future'. I am hoping that ITV will send me a DVD of the programme."

The series featured 50 homes which told a story about who we are as a nation and how we once lived, and all the houses had been witness to key moments in Britain's history. In the final episode the top ten homes, which had already been chosen, were revealed.

 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 July 2013 18:17 )  

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