The 747 was a game changer; the jet that gave us cheap air travel. With its distinctive hump, the 747 is the most recognisable airliner on the planet. It's so massive the Wright brothers could have made their historic flight in economy. But it is much more than just a big aeroplane. We look at how this giant transformed our world when it first took to the skies in 1970. Now it has transported the equivalent of 80 percent of the human race and travelled 100,000 round trips to the moon. But this first wide-body airliner was a billion dollar gamble that took technology to the limits - and nearly destroyed the Boeing Company. This is the remarkable untold story of the jumbo jet.
Demolition duo the Ogden brothers take on the highest profile job of their career, bringing down a 12-storey office block in the centre of Doncaster. In central London, a gas holder that towers over the Thames has come to the end of its life and developers are waiting to move in. But, standing just metres from two busy railway lines, the team has to devise a never-used-before technique to take down the iconic structure while London looks on. Demolition dynamo Paul Johnson gambles everything on finding valuable scrap while demolishing a former school.
Barry and Robyn Henwood love the environment in different ways; his is a passion for green technology, while she loves turning native flora into textiles and teaching yoga. They're building a stylish beach shack to retire in, one that floats on a pair of untouched sand dunes in Aldinga on Adelaide's southern coast. Solar powered, and aesthetically pleasing, it should be the perfect fit, but Robyn is yet to be convinced. Her life is entrenched in the city so she needs some cajoling. The contemporary modest design features a pair of steel clad pods joined by a timber walkway, and surrounded by native bush. But as soon as building gets under way, the excavation impacts on the environment. Despite their best efforts replanting and shoring up the dunes, the beach scrub soon dwindles and Robyn and Barry are left pondering their next course of action. As the dunes progressively erode, the more Robyn and Barry persevere. But when their self-rusting steel cladding is battered by harsh coastal conditions, staining their deck and turning the exterior into something resembling dribbled fat, Robyn's doubts really set in. Can they restore their precious landscape and will Robyn eventually sever her ties with the city and make her project in the dunes home?
This episode is a salute to the fighting freshwater and saltwater barramundi. Alex Rogers whips up a simple dish with one of his favourite fish.
Everyone has a stew they can brag about. In this episode Bo Carne shares his Nana's version of the good old billabong stew - in this case his family calls it Nana's Half Caste Stew.
In this episode, Marie draws on the Kimberley history of station and mission days. Marie shares with us a family recipe that takes us back to a simpler time.
When news hit on March 24, 2015, that a Germanwings Airbus A320 had crashed in the French Alps, no one could have guessed the cause. The co-pilot, 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, had deliberately flown the plane into the side of a mountain to kill himself and the other 149 people on board. It was a terrifying act that triggered questions about the safety of air travel and the reliability of pilot testing.
Denise, Mitch and Ali turn the humble bush turkey into a delicious stew using basic vegetables and Asian sauces to compliment the taste of this native bird.
In this episode Patty shows us how to prepare creamy chilli squid and soybean seafood soup. Drawing on her multicultural heritage, Patty cooks up two exotic dishes of her own making.
Neville Poelina will show us how to make two delicious dishes with duck and bush turkey - making the most out of his outdoor 44 gallon homemade bush oven. Orange duck and bush turkey curry.
Ardent collectors Kerry and Judy have a passion for Santa Fe-style, mud houses even though they live on a sloping bush block on Sydney's north shore. Inspired by an unconventional builder who changes his mind (and their design) on a regular basis, they set out to create a home out of recycled timber and corrugated iron, rendered in clay dug up from the side of the road. It may be straight out of the American Midwest but this hybrid home will have a distinctly Australian flavour and provide an earthy backdrop for their many artistic objects, artefacts and collectables.
Kevin McCloud and Peter Madison talk Kevin's favourite ever Grand Designs Australia moments.
Sky, a wealthy bachelor, is struggling with the spotlight in his small hometown of Tairua. He creates a sanctuary for himself and his children on remote Slipper Island.
In a secret corner of England lies a remarkable place - the Science Museum vaults. Housing 35,000 items across 10 gigantic hangers, it is the biggest invention time capsule in the world. Now, for the first time, a team of celebrity presenters crack open these vaults to explore the treasures within and find the inventions that have built our world. These big inventions are: the television, presented by Sir Trevor McDonald; penicillin, presented by Angela Rippon; the fridge, fronted by Giles Coren; the steam engine fronted by Len Goodman; concrete, presented by Nick Knowles; the mobile phone, covered by Angela Scanlon and the jet engine, presented by David Harewood. With additional insight from museum experts, and a look at some priceless objects that relate to these inventions, by opening the vaults this programme also opens a fascinating window onto our past.
A cast of engineers, flight technicians and frequent fliers tell the supersonic story of the most glamorous plane ever built.
The demolition crew attempts to bring the 100m-high cooling towers of Didcot, a power station, which have long dominated the Oxfordshire landscape, down to earth with a bang. But, in addition to tackling the complex engineering, the team faces a public outcry when they schedule the blow-down at night, and this threatens to derail their plans. Hastings Pier is on its last legs after a devastating fire, but local demolition man Mark Hodgson hatches a water-borne plan to try to save it for future generations. And one of the industry's biggest and boldest characters has to take down a disused bridge, in a race against the clock.
Richard and Denise own 14 hotels. It is no surprise that when it came to designing their new house in a prime location high up in the Adelaide hills, their inspiration would come from buildings that they love.
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