Newspapers, documentary and fiction cinema were employed in constructing the new post-Imperial nation and attracting much-needed young scientific personnel. Technocratic science, epitomised under the term “military-industrial complex,” was personalised through British media outlets. These media efforts culminated in the first televised history of science The Ascent of Man (1973, BBC) with Bronowski as the series’ host. I argue that Jacob Bronowski and the BBC played a crucial role in cementing the position of postwar science as an important international endeavour. By researching the newly opened Jacob Bronowski Archive (Jesus College, University of Cambridge), this presentation shows how the The Ascent of Man’s revolutionary visual techniques (i.e., “invisible” historical recreations, on-screen depictions of archival documents, and early computer animation) influenced current televised representations of history. What started as a domestic response to postwar Britain’s national and scientific crisis resulted in global television’s historiographic practice.