Just been shown on BBC4, so should be on iPlayer for a week - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0229pbp
A program looking at the history of automata, and their impact on the world.
I'm posting this for 2 reasons:
1) It's absolutely amazing to watch some of the automata.
2) If you think about it, automata are the distant ancestor of 3D animation - just compare the Maya graph editor to the surface of the cams controlling the automata.