Stephen Fry: Gadget Man

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 9.20pm, ABC1 My prob­lem with Stephen Fry in his Gadget Man per­sona is that he seems con­stantly to be rein­vent­ing the wheel. Re­ally, is there any­one alive who doesn’t know you can Skype peo­ple us­ing a com­puter, a cam­era and a half-de­cent broad­band con­nec­tion? What a rev­e­la­tion. And how en­chant­ing for us to watch and lis­ten in as Fry Skypes his agent, or com­petes on mo­bile phones with Lord Sugar. ‘‘ Oh, dear oh dear,’’ says Sugar, who can’t work out how to change the cam­era on his phone from back to front view. Riv­et­ing. In each of the six episodes (this is the third) Fry also has a go at cre­at­ing a su­per-gadget of his own. Re­mem­ber the aqua­cab stalling in the Thames in episode one? Tonight our man is hav­ing an an­droid made in his own im­age. Re­lax­ing at home with a bag of chips while his an­droid dou­ble presents an award at a tech­nol­ogy con­fer­ence, us­ing his real time voice via WiFi, Fry tells us the fu­ture is here, or may be, in a cou­ple of gen­er­a­tions. But you knew that, right?

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