ITN Science Editor PETER FAIRLEY gave brief
on-screen introductions to the first two Timeslip adventures.
The following are transcripts of them. In each case, Fairley stood
on a darkened set and addressed the camera directly. In the case
of The Time of the Ice Box, he was help out by a half blown-up
balloon to illustrate the time bubble itself. Both intros occurred
before the opening title sequence.
The Wrong End of Time
"Have you ever had the feeling that you've been here before,
and yet everyone tells you that you can't have been? Or perhaps
you've felt "this has all happened to me before, and I know
what's going to happen next"? Well, a lot of people do get
these sensations, and nobody can yet explain them. They seem,
somehow, to involve the mind travelling forwards or backwards
in time. And that's what this new series Timeslip is all about:
children projecting themselves forwards and backwards in time.
It's fiction, of course, but it's very close to a new theory scientists
are now working on to explain the universe, and time. Today's
science fiction so often becomes tomorrow's science fact..."
The Time of the Ice Box
"What is a 'time bubble'? Well, you can't see it of course
but it might help you to visualise it to think of it as a balloon.
Some scientists are now working on the theory that wherever you
are, YOU are at the very centre of the universe, and that the
universe is really one giant sphere, and that it has an edge to
it. Information about events is flashing constantly back and forth
between you and the edge of that sphere, so that at any given
moment, you are mixed up in the past, the present and the future,
virtually all at the same moment. But supposing some little patch
of that information, some little patch of history, gets slowed
down, and instead of flashing backwards and forwards it floats,
gently, as if in a bubble. It might have collided with some solid
object, and got temporarily halted in its tracks. Or, it might
be slowed down by some mysterious force. Or the edge of the universe
might have a hole in it. Well, suppose somehow that you could
get into that time bubble, that bubble of history, and travel
with it. Then you could travel backwards and forwards in time
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