I am looking for a documentary on the history of communication technologies.

I found one particular documentary but I'm trying to figure out its title.

The actual video is in French and appears to be a translation of a discovery channel documentary. The title is translated as "Histoire d'inventions", but I wasn't able to find anything while searching for this (or the corresponding English translation in google). I speak French, but hearing the French voice on top of the original version is quite annoying and I was hoping to find if this is part of a bigger series.

Any other good documentary on the subject will be appreciated.

  • I don't know about videos but there is an excellent book: Ludvík Souček, The story of communications (English translation from the Czech).
    – Alex
    Commented Apr 17, 2019 at 20:33

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That was the tenth (and last) programme in a 2009 (or 2007 according to some sources) series called Inventing History, presented by the Dutch actor and writer Ronald Top.

There were 10 episodes in all. As you guessed, the programmes were originally recorded in English. The titles of the 10 episodes were:

  • Furniture
  • Writing
  • Time
  • Safe and Sound
  • Personal Transport
  • Money
  • Light
  • Keeping Warm
  • Home Entertainment
  • Communication

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