Micro Men. Image shows from L to R: Chris Curry (Martin Freeman), Sir Clive Sinclair (Alexander Armstrong). Copyright: DSP
Micro Men

Micro Men

  • TV comedy drama
  • BBC Four
  • 2009
  • 1 episode

Comedy drama about the rise and fall of the home computer market in the 1980s. Stars Alexander Armstrong and Martin Freeman. Also features Derek Riddell, Colin Michael Carmichael, James Fleet, Edward Baker-Duly, Sam Phillips and more.

Micro Men. Image shows from L to R: Chris Curry (Martin Freeman), Sir Clive Sinclair (Alexander Armstrong). Copyright: DSP

Key details

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
2009
Channels
BBC Four
Episodes
1
Stars
Alexander Armstrong, Martin Freeman, Derek Riddell, Colin Michael Carmichael, James Fleet, Edward Baker-Duly, Sam Phillips, Stefan Butler and more
Writer
Tony Saint
Director
Saul Metzstein
Producers
Andrea Cornwell, Jamie Laurenson and Elinor Day
Companies

A 90-minute comedy drama focusing the rivalry between the maverick Sir Clive Sinclair (played by Alexander Armstrong) and his former colleague Chris Curry (Martin Freeman). The comedy drama documents the lengthy rivalry between the pair as they go head-to-head to achieve domination of the growing home computer market.

Micro Men is an affectionately comic account of the race for home computer supremacy, with Sinclair's ZX Spectrum and C5 computers battling Curry's BBC Micro.

Richard Klein, controller of BBC4, said: "Those of us who lived through the 1980s will remember the sense of excitement when gadgets and technology started to appear in our homes, but not many of us will know the fascinating stories behind their arrival. Alexander Armstrong and Martin Freeman are excellent choices to portray Sir Clive Sinclair and Chris Curry at a time when battling to have the UK's most loved home computer was their number one priority."

Additional details

Also known as
  • Syntax Era (Working title)
Production
Studio
Picture
Colour

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 8th October 2009 at 9pm on BBC Four
Episode length
85 minutes
Most recent repeats
  • Thursday 24th February 2011 at 9:00pm on BBC4
  • Saturday 22nd May 2010 at 10:30pm on BBC4
  • Wednesday 30th December 2009 at 9:05pm on BBC4

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