Home Latest News John Logie Baird Possible John Logie Baird film

Possible John Logie Baird film

E-mail Print PDF

malcolm-baird-wTHE story of Helensburgh-born TV inventor John Logie Baird may be made into a feature length film.

The son of the Manse, who died in 1946 aged 57, was ahead of his time from an early age as he dreamt of sending moving pictures through the air.


JLB fought for recognition of his first working television set despite problems with his health, espionage and a sceptical BBC.

He was the first in the world to demonstrate a working television in January 1926 at his laboratory in London's Soho. Just two years later, he presented the first colour transmission and changed the world forever.

His son, Helensburgh Heritage Trust president Professor Malcolm Baird (pictured right), whose mother Margaret was one of two influential women in his father's life, was asked to be a consultant on the movie, which was announced in October 2008 by the London-based production company, Firefly.

A partly fictional script outline, based on the biography John Logie Baird: A Life by Malcolm Baird and the late Antony Kamm, was written early in 2009, and financial support is now being sought for further development.

Malcolm, who lives in Canada, said: "Television has had a huge impact, and my father's life was full of drama on the technical, personal and business sides, so we're hoping that the film will be made. I am still connected with the project and providing moral support."

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 October 2012 17:58 )  

Trust Photo Gallery


View this photo and over 1,830 more at the Heritage Trust Photo Gallery. Visit the gallery.

Final Open Meeting

Rev-John-Anderson-29.03.17-wThe final Open Meeting of the season was on Wednesday March 29 at the Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh. The Rev David Clark spoke on the Kirk in the Square and the Rev John Anderson.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dr Andrew Bicker: Recent Archaelogical Discoveries on the West Coast of Scotland
  • Wednesday March 29 — The Rev David Clark: The Kirk in the Square and the Rev John Anderson

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

Charity Number

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation