• Short Summary

    Spooky glimpse of the year 2000, where people are served breakfast and champagne by a robot arm.

  • Description

    London.

    Various shots at a factory show a mechanical arm that assists in the making of plastic moulding sinks. The 'Unimate' is seen putting in place the cover of another 'Unimate' that is being manufactured; each machine has one mechanical arm attached to a huge base. A man in the factory uses a control box to move the arm about.

    We then see a sequence set in the future, the year 2000, where the robot arm is employed in a kitchen to take toast from a toaster, butter it, pour a cup of tea and serve it to a man sitting at a table reading a newspaper. A woman sits filing her nails.

    When the man goes off to work, the woman puts on her lipstick while the Unimate takes a bottle of champagne from the fridge. C/U of the cork mysteriously popping off by itself; the arm then pours a glass for the woman and 'hands' it to her, spilling most of it in rather jerky movements. C/U of the woman drinking the champagne. I think she could have done it herself in half the time.

    The whole story is accompanied by rather sinister 'futuristic' music - spooky!

    Cuts exist - see separate record.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    437.04
    Media URN:
    4411
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1968
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:16:31:00 / 01:19:56:00
    Canister:
    CP 689

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