Reggie in China

The City of the Future

Series 1 - Episode 1 The City of the Future



Reggie Yates has seen the future and it’s in Shenzhen. Over the past four decades the former fishing village has become the epicentre of China’s tech revolution and is now an ultra-modern, teeming metropolis dazzling with neon. Want to market a people-carrying drone to beat the commuter traffic? This is where to do it.

It’s a veritable Aladdin’s cave for hi-tech and artificial intelligence gizmos: you can have a takeaway delivered by drone, pay for an item via facial recognition or buy an earpiece that translates any language. This still has a few bugs, though - it gets it horribly wrong for Reggie, leaving him embarrassed and the restaurant waitress slightly confused. 


Reggie Yates travels to China and visits four very different cities. His first stop is Shenzhen, which over the past 40 years has grown from a region dominated by fishing and farmland to a bustling metropolis that is home to 12 million people and at the centre of the country's technological revolution. He meets the inventors of an earpiece that uses algorithms to translate speech into other languages, discovers more about the differing attitudes between generations, and witnesses a demonstration of a flying motorcycle.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Reggie Yates
Director Sam Wilkinson
Editor Kate Spankie
Executive Producer David Glover
Executive Producer Clare Handford
Executive Producer John Douglas
Producer Sophia Lightfoot
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