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The Toynbee Convector 

Craig Bennett Stiles travels 100 years into the future to bring hope back for his dying present. Now a hundred years have passed and he prepares to meet his past self as the world looks on.


John Laing


Ray Bradbury (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (story)

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Episode cast overview:
James Whitmore ... Craig Bennett Stiles
Michael Hurst ... Roger Shumway
Perry Piercy Perry Piercy ... Sam
Michael Galvin ... Assistant


When Earth is threatened with overpopulation and pollution, architect Craig Bennett Stiles built a time machine and traveled 100 years into the future. He then returned to the present with a vision of hope, of humanity united together. Now reporter Roger Shumway comes to him for an interview as the world prepares to celebrate the past Stiles' arrival, but Stiles has a secret to reveal. Written by Gislef

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26 October 1990 (France) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Sometimes It's What You Think; Not What You Do
31 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a story of hope and commitment. This is the story of a man who traveled in time and brought about a rebirth on earth. James Whitmore plays the time traveler who stands in front of his facility and waits (with the rest of the world) for his own return. The earth was in a horrible place, polluting and disrespecting nature. What they needed was a hero to turn to, to give them the information they needed to correct their ills (would we could do that now). A young reporter is brought in by the scientist and shown the time machine. What happens then is both hopeful and startling. One can only weigh the implications of what is heard inside the fortress and ask if mankind has the ability to save itself.

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