The 1970s Office

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It hardly bears thinking about, but just imagine having to live without all the technology that we take for granted. We panic when we go to work and discover that we've left our mobile phones at home. We're enraged when our computers crash and we can't order our weekly shopping over the web. Once upon a time there was a strange world without computers, mobiles and the internet. Instead of bluetooth keyboards there were typewriters. The only way to get money from your bank was to stand in a queue and write a cheque. But we're bringing that scary world back to life in The 1970s Office, a retro-scripted reality series that will celebrate the awfulness (and the richness) of the recent past. We'll do this by meticulously recreating the typical 70s office and installing a bunch of fickle, precious and competitive admen for the toughest test of their careers. Assigned that seventies' favourite, The Space Hopper, they will work towards their ad campaign pitch. For two weeks, our hand-picked advertising luvvies will be forced to live and work without any of the trappings of the 21st century - luxuries that most of them probably don't even realise they take for granted. They will have just ten days to complete the pitch before presenting their ideas to a panel of the good and the great in the ad industry. Another agency will be pitching for the same lucrative account - but they won't be working under the kind of restrictions that our guinea pigs face. PhotoShop or pen and ink? Megabytes or mind-power? The race is on to find the victor in this fascinating experiment.

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