Dior turned 70 in 2016. We take an exclusive look behind the scenes at two huge fashion shows, with all the drama of dress makers, models and international clients, who spend fortunes each year on Dior couture.
Kevin McCloud looks at properties that push the boundaries of design, including a concealed house built from glass and concrete, a gadget-filled house squeezed onto a disused plot in Edinburgh and a modern home in Cumbria.
Deadly train accidents claim dozens of lives each year, but just how safe are the railroads? This documentary investigates recent rail tragedies and advances in train technology that could help prevent them, by taking a special look at Japan's super-efficient bullet trains, which have a perfect safety record, revealing what it would take to usher in a new golden age of safer, faster, more modern and reliable train travel.
Lifting the lid on the world's finest engineering company, this program tells the story of two men who created the byword for luxury, helped us win two world wars, and conquer the skies. The story begins in 1906 when a Cambridge educated aristocrat, Charles Rolls, met the self-taught engineer Henry Royce, and between them they came up with the Silver Ghost, soon dubbed "the best car in the world". Four years later, Charles Rolls was dead, as the plane he was piloting crashed at the Bournemouth Air Show. Alternative title: Secrets of the Rolls-Royce Luxury Car.
This episode reveals the hidden stories of the world's oldest and largest toy store. From its links to the royals, to the vital role its owners played in World War II; from battling, to bringing in 5 million visitors every year, this is a toy story like no other.
This documentary reveals how Ray Kroc, a middle-aged milkshake machine salesman, transformed the McDonald brothers' burger restaurant into what was to become the world's most successful fast food chain.
For almost 200 years, Cadbury had been the home of chocolate, making a staggering 350 tonnes of milk chocolate a day. But it's far more than just a factory. From its very beginnings the company set out to change Britain. Not just by giving a great taste to the nation but, like Willy Wonka's fictional creation, building a magical place for its employees to live, work and play in. But as we'll find out, it's not all been a sweet story.
Documentary series that goes behind the safety cordon to explore the explosive world of demolition, charting the dramatic end to some of Britain's biggest and most iconic buildings. In this episode, Hull's tallest building has to come crashing to the ground, but it's surrounded by houses on all sides. Come blowdown day, the entire estate has to be evacuated as the team find out whether their explosive calculations are correct. One of the few women working in demolition, Debbie Burns, takes on a massive 750 million-pounds renovation project at Britain's busiest interchange station, Birmingham New Street, which brings commuters and demolition on a crash course. Howard Stott, a veteran demolition man who's been working in the industry since the days of Fred Dibnah, meets a deadly foe while slicing a shopping centre in two.
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.
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.
One black box has come to define the sound of rock. This film tells the story of the iconic Marshall guitar amplifier. It all started in 1962 when drum shop owner Jim Marshall discovered the distinctive growl that gave the electric guitar an exciting new voice. Music got a whole lot louder as young musicians like Clapton, Townshend and Hendrix adopted the revolutionary 'Marshall Sound', a new genre of rock was born. Featuring contributions from rock legends Pete Townshend, Slash and the late Lemmy, plus an interview with the 'Father of Loud' Jim Marshall, this documentary cruises down the rock ages at a ferocious speed.
Richard Hammond climbs to the top of Sydney's iconic Opera House to unlock the construction secrets hidden in the DNA of one of the most instantly recognisable buildings in the world.
An exclusive glimpse into the creative process of the world's greatest living architect, Frank Gehry, as he creates his very first building in Australia - the University of Technology's new business school.
Discover how the most innocuous objects from daily life - the bicycle, underwear, nutmeg - have all been instrumental in building empires, sparking social revolutions and sometimes been just plain fun.
Seven of the UK's leading engineers, designers and computer programmers put their skills together to try and help four people with very different needs. Mum of two Shamreen who has very limited vision needs something that will help her and her two young sons get around. Seven year old Rosie who had brain surgery as a baby and now wears a cumbersome medical helmet, hopes the team can make her a less visible helmet that will help her fit in with her friends and the team are challenged with coming up with a solution to help two teenage brothers with cystic fibrosis.
The Big Fix team attempt to tackle one of the biggest rural crimes in the UK, and work to find a way to build a BMX bicycle for a young boy who was born with no hands or feet. Meanwhile, in Peterborough, 56-year-old Graham is suffering from locked-in syndrome, meaning he is almost completely paralysed and unable to speak. The team will have to come up with a way for him to have conversations with the medical team around him and, most importantly, his family and friends.
Technology is transforming the world, for better or worse. In this series, Simon Reeve follows a radical team of creatives who are proving that the good can outdo the bad by re-purposing everyday objects to change people's lives for the better. In this episode, they help a terminally ill photographer who can no longer use his hands to operate a camera; try to bring cutting-edge communication to a remote Welsh village; and work to give some control back to a young designer who has Parkinson's disease and who has been unable to use a pen since developing tremors in her hands two years ago.
Professor Alice Roberts discovers which foods are Britain's most popular, and uses the latest science to uncover their suprising health benefits. But what do we know about these favourite foods? How good are they for us, and are we getting the best from them? Could they actually make us feel and look better? Professor Alice Roberts travels across the country to track down the very latest scientific information, revealing the definitive guide to the foods Britons love. (Class. tba)
Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections is bigger, bolder and braver than ever as Richard reveals the secrets behind modern day superstructures. Tonight Richard visits the extraordinary Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.
At the Peterbilt factory in Denton, Texas, the world's most sophisticated trucks are built from scratch. Alternative series title: Ultimate Factories.
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