- 1 Spend and Prosper
Horizon presents a portrait of the renowned economist John Maynard Keynes, Cambridge Don, and Bloomsbury intellectual.
Air Date: 1981-01-05
- 2 A Whole New Medicine
This episode of Horizon is about holistic medicine, health for the whole person, which uses unorthodox therapies.
Air Date: 1981-01-12
- 3 The Qualyub Project
Horizon explores the research of Egyptian doctors in trying to control bilharzia, a disease caused by parasitic worms.
Air Date: 1981-01-19
- 4 No-One Will Take Me Seriously
Horizon investigates the reports about a number of scientists who do not conform to contemporary scientific theories.
Air Date: 1981-01-26
- 5 Living With Dying
Horizon investigates the care given to the terminally ill by hospices.
Air Date: 1981-02-02
- 6 A is for Atom, B is for Bomb
In this episode, Horizon presents a portrait of Dr. Edward Teller, whose opinions about nuclear war are highly controversial.
Air Date: 1981-02-09
- 7 Who Will Deliver Your Baby?
Horizon reports on the changing role of the community midwife in Britain as more births take place in hospital.
Air Date: 1981-02-16
- 8 West of Bangalore
A group of scientists are trying to solve public utility problems in Mysore, India.
Air Date: 1981-03-02
- 9 Gentlemen, Lift Your Skirts
Horizon examines the design of Formula One racing cars with a particular reference to the aerodynamic 'skirt'.
Air Date: 1981-03-09
- 10 Hello Universe!
Horizon explores probabilities of whether we have any intelligent neighbors in space.
Air Date: 1981-03-16
- 11 Voices From Silent Hands
Horizon presents a documentary on deaf children and their struggle to learn the sign language.
Air Date: 1981-03-23
- 12 Did Darwin Get It Wrong?
In this episode, Horizon explores the new evolutionary theory that there are sudden, vs. gradual, evolutionary changes from one species to another.
Air Date: 1981-03-30
- 13 East of Bombay
This show is a Horizon documentary about the training by two doctors from India, Rajnikant and Mabelle Arole, who are trying to combat the curable diseases. These diseases are common killers in Indian communities. Also, a report on Salubai, one of these native health workers and her work at Kamkhed in Western India.
Air Date: 1981-04-06
- 14 Resolution on Saturn - The Rings
Horizon presents a two part documentary on NASA's unmanned Voyager 1 spacecraft and the data it has sent back from the planets Jupiter and Saturn.
Air Date: 1981-04-11
- 15 Resolution on Saturn - The Moons
Horizon presents the second episode of a two part documentary on NASA's unmanned Voyager 1 spacecraft and the data it has sent back from the planets Jupiter and Saturn.
Air Date: 1981-04-13
- 16 Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
In this documentary on nuclear energy, Horizon looks at three experts with regard to the prospect of a nuclear power station sited for construction near where they live.
Air Date: 1981-09-28
- 17 The Hunt for the Legion Killer
Horizon investigates Legionnaires disease and the research being carried out in the USA to try find a cause and cure.
Air Date: 1981-10-05
- 18 Breaking in Children
In this story, Horizon follows the efforts of two mothers who attempt gain control over their very disobedient children.
Air Date: 1981-10-12
- 19 The Grid
Horizon presents a followup episode of Gentlemen, Lift Up Your Skirts, covering the Formula One racing season while investigating the way the William's racing team fought the fierce competition of the French and Italian racings teams by finding ways around new rulings to make their cars first on the grid.
Air Date: 1981-10-19
- 20 Butterflies or Barley?
Horizon reports on the conflict between the farmers and the conservationists over the English countryside.
Air Date: 1981-10-26
- 21 Science for the People
Horizon presents a two part documentary looking at the science and technology inside the Soviet Union. In this episode, we look at why the Russians might need to import a chemical processing plant from the UK and computers from the USA when they have a quarter of the world's scientists and still give science and research the highest priority.
Air Date: 1981-11-02
- 22 The Race to Ruin
This is the second part of the Horizon documentary on the Soviet Union. In this report, we examine the basis for the space arms race between USA and USSR. Are the US efforts for the extensive space defense system to match the Russians based on a misconception of the USSR war effort from space?
Air Date: 1981-11-09
- 23 Death of the Dinosaurs
Horizon investigates theories about the mystery of why the dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago.
Air Date: 1981-11-16
- 24 The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out
Richard Feymann was one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists and original thinkers or the 20th century. He rebuilt the theory of quantum electrodynamics, and it was for this work that he won the Nobel Prize in 1965. In this documentary he talks about his motivations to be a scientist and a teacher of science.
Air Date: 1981-11-23
- 25 The Cornucopia
Horizon explores the Common Agricultural Policy of the EEC that produces mountains of food. We look at the position which many European farmers occupy in western European economies which leads to the creation of overproduction of agricultural products. Do they need to reform the policy?
Air Date: 1981-11-30
- 26 The Race Against Time
Horizon reports on the efforts of the British Advanced Passenger Train (APT) engineering team trying to prepare the new APT for its first run.
Air Date: 1981-12-07
- 27 Painting by Numbers
Horizon presents a documentary on the advances of computer graphics and its multiple uses in simulating reality in industry and science. It looks at the manipulation of 3-D images to paint, animate, design, and test scientific hypothesis.
Air Date: 1981-12-21