Patrick Bradley, a young farmer and architect, has come up with a 100k house design the like of which has never been seen before in his native Northern Ireland. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house, Patrick's dream house is to be built of four shipping containers, welded together to form a giant cross and cantilevered over the top of a stream.
Marco presents the first semi-final, throwing down the culinary gauntlet to three couples from Exmouth, Goring-on-Thames and Liverpool. They have to cook a three-course meal and serve it to 25 diners against the clock - but they need to be careful as they are given only enough ingredients to make the required number of portions.
Every year the Royal Institute of British Architects holds a competition to find the best new home in Britain and Grand Designs is along for the ride. This episode, Kevin McCloud visits five homes built for country living.
Every day in Britain, 6000 aircraft soar above our heads, ranging from passenger planes and cargo-laden airbuses, from air ambulances to rescue helicopters. Without our carefully choreographed airways, the world below would be stuck - quite literally, grounded. If things go wrong, the consequences are devastating. It's the job of a hidden army of men and women to keep our skies and all who fly in them safe, to uphold the daily miracle of flight. Yet most of us take this complex system for granted - with no idea of the extraordinary technical and aerial ballet that keeps Britain up in the air. Until now.
Super Train - From the worlds biggest mega truck to one of the worlds fastest trains...from the worlds most advanced aircraft carrier to a revolutionary airship, from a super smart heavy lift ship to an ingenious heavy lift helicopter... ground breaking CGI animation explodes the machines apart to uncover the extraordinary inventions hidden under their skin that enables the teams who drive, fly and sail them to be at the top of their game. This episode looks at one of the worlds fastest trains - the Italo AGV - to reveal the extraordinary technology that it depends on to race 500 kilometres in less than four hours. (Ep.1) (From the UK) (Documentary Series) (Rpt) G CC
Eight years ago the Reays bought a run down medieval thatched cottage and lovingly restored it. Then a fault in the chimney caused a fire which destroyed the entire building. Nine months later, they decided to start again.
The Airbus A380; the largest airliner in history. As tall as a 7 story building and certified to carry over 850 passengers, it dwarfs even it nearest rival. But getting the world's only Super Jumbo into the skies was a gargantuan challenge in itself, taking nearly 20 years and costing upwards of $17 billion.
Car fanatic Philip Glenister (Gene Hunt - Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) and internationally renowned car designer Ant Anstead are on a mission to scour the barns and lock-ups of Britain for wrecked treasures to bring back to life. The first episode focuses on The Mark I Ford Escort Mexico, the car that brought speed to the average lad on the street.
To protect occupied Europe from an Allied invasion Hitler demanded the construction of a defensive wall stretching thousands of kilometres from France in the South to Norway in the North. This is the story of how this vast engineering project sucked in huge quantities of raw materials and men from all over the Third Reich.
In tonight's finale, Heston Blumenthal tackles the challenge of making the ultimate Christmas dinner. In the grownup world, Christmas has lost some of its wonder. But Heston wants to change that and plans to create a supersized festive food adventure, to be enjoyed by people who normally have to work on Christmas Day.
In Heston's Feasts, top UK chef Heston Blumenthal does what he does best: cooks up a feast. The future of cooking, Heston tells us, lies in the secret recipes of the past. So, the gastronomic adventurer heads back in time through a myriad of historical and mythical culinary worlds on a mission to recreate famous period dishes for the ultimate 21st century banquets.
The DC-3 was a linchpin of global air travel; the first plane to make airlines a profit and a war hero to boot. An aircraft that rose from the ashes of a headline-making crash and a failed business idea to become the holy grail of aviation design. This is the remarkable story of the Gooney Bird.
On July 19, 1989, a DC10-10 operated by United Airlines flight 232 experiences a catastrophic failure on its number two tail mounted engine. The plane becomes uncontrollable and plunges towards the runway at Sioux City, Iowa in the United States at speeds almost three times the normal rate. In a dramatic emergency landing, it cartwheels, veers right into a field, breaks into three parts and erupts into a massive fireball. Of the 285 passengers on board 112 are killed.
Mike and Heather have been married for 54 years, and are rarely apart. But Heather lost her confidence after a few minor bumps and doesn't drive. Mike does all the driving, but Heather isn't so sure of his ability now either. He's also not so confident behind the wheel and would love a clean bill of health from a specialist instructor. Karen Parker, the instructor, has to break some bad news to Mike, but could Heather try to get behind the wheel again?
In WWII, Sir Winston Churchill tasked a secret team of scientists to come up with an ingenious way to make supply drops reach the ground quickly and on target. Their retro rocket tests ended in spectacular disaster. Can the team succeed where WWII's greatest minds failed? T
With the main structure in place, Kevin looks to add some final touches to his coastal retreat introducing a few of life's little luxuries. He installs a solar-powered shower made from a repurposed telephone box and builds a floating beach bar using discarded odds and ends found on the beach.
Titanic was made up of hundreds of thousands of individually crafted steel components. To explore the skills that went into each and every one of them, the team of engineers will cast Titanic's iconic 16 ton steel bow anchor at one of the last steelworks in Britain: Forgemasters in Sheffield.
Architect George Clarke, who is passionate about heritage buildings, takes on the task of advising two families who have bought rare and nationally important structures in Wales. Simon Hooper and his partner Victoria dream of converting an ancient Grade 1 listed medieval hall into a unique home, but their budget is tight. At the other end of the scale are the Edwards who have fallen in love with a neglected 70 room mansion and are determined to restore it lavishly back to its original glory.
On 6 February 1958, British European Airways Flight 609, carrying members of the famed Manchester United football team, crashed into a house about 300 metres from the end of the runway in Munich, killing 23 abroad. Aviation experts investigated and were shocked at the cause of the crash, questioning whether this catastrophe could have been prevented.
The engineers had no choice. They had to build a new floating bridge in Kelowna, British Columbia. Lake Okanagan was too deep and too muddy to sink columns to support a standard bridge so the engineers designed a bridge of nine pontoons, each as long as a Canadian football field. Then they decided to make the floating pontoons out of concrete! But, with only a dozen or so floating bridges around the world, no one on the construction team has any experience building a floating bridge.
Two teams of tough men with a Licence to Drill hunt for natural gas in the remote Canadian North. 300km above the Arctic Circle, MGM superintendent John Williams and his drilling crew fight for survival as they get slammed with a monster snowstorm bringing 150-km winds and a temperature below minus 70C. In northern BC, Nabors' team is testing a bold idea that may change the face of gas exploration in remote areas: flying in their huge rig using the world's biggest chopper. Boss Denny Millan has his hands full with an arrogant roughneck.
Italian men used to be 'macho', able to stand up for their honour, woo women and do the tough things that men do. In Rome - where fathers sent their sons to become 'men' - Gennaro and Antonio look at the modern Italian man and ask if there is still a place in Italy for 'macho' men.
Built by King Edward I of England in the late 13th century in northern Wales, Comwy Castle was designed to suppress Welsh rebellions against English rule. Positioned on the River Conwy, the castle's deadly entrance, lofty crenellated towers, and cleverly-designed river gate are statements to its determined King and enduring domination.
The engineers unleash the force that made Titanic a technological marvel: electricity. They bring to life her century-old electrical gadgetry, including one of her massive electric ovens, and use it to host a first class dinner for some descendents of those who were aboard Titanic's maiden voyage.
Engineer and eco-warrior Dick Strawbridge challenges a team of modern-day engineers to rebuild and improve some of history's most impressive machines using their 21st century knowledge. Ancient genius is revealed and modern ingenuity tested as the team works on a medieval machine gun, a Roman war machine, a Byzantine fire boat, a Gothic mega crane and Churchill's rocket parachute.
In 2010, Claire Farrow and Ian Hogarth embarked on an adrenalin-fuelled journey to build the ultimate fun family home right in the heart of London. Ian's radical design included a dance floor, sauna and DJ booth, but the only plot they could find was someone's back garden at the end of a mews, backing perilously onto a railway line.
Luxury is the one thing Kevin doesn't yet have at his handmade cabin in the woods. It's an off grid marvel, but what he really wants is a hot tub he can relax in, sipping red wine and watching the setting sun with his friends.
Kevin McCloud buys himself a beautiful piece of woodland, and with the help of friends and experts, builds a cabin. Everything has to be made by hand from his woodland, or has to be sourced from someone's rubbish.
In the final episode, Jimmy tries to make free-range chicken kievs for Tesco, but will Tesco's customer tasters like them? He also campaigns against the slaughter of thousands of male dairy calves. Jimmy then gears up for the launch day of his affordable free-range products, nervous to see if the public will buy them or not. Part of BBC Knowledge's What’s Your Body Hiding?
Claire Farrow and her husband Ian Hogarth have always dreamed of building a house large enough for a dance floor and DJ booth. That's a tall order in London where plots are as scarce as hen's teeth. All they can find is a tiny scrap of land carved out of someone's back garden at the end of a mews. The plot is right next to a mainline railway, hemmed in on all sides by neighbours and trees and it sits on top of an old riverbed.
Chris Ostwald, a former model builder for TV, bought a beautiful plot of land in the Chiltern Hills as the place to build the home of his dreams. His plan is to build a replica of an American watermill.
In November 2010, Australian Qantas Flight 32, en route to Sydney Airport, suffered an uncontained engine explosion shortly after take-off. Pilots and experts tell their harrowing tale of what went wrong and how one wrong move could have ended in disaster.
November 12, 1996. Above one of India's busiest airports, the sky ignites as flaming wreckage falls after a horrifying crash. When investigators arrive they find the twisted remains of two passenger jets and 349 people dead. The vital clues are buried deep underground and investigators are faced with piecing together the day's events.
April 1945. Hitler is in the centre of Berlin, 10 metres underground, surrounded by 4 metre-thick concrete walls, safe from any attack the Allies can throw at him from the air. But the Russians are advancing on the ground the Red Army is lined up on the Oder River, and they're coming for the Fuhrer.
Three Michelin starred cooking maestro Heston Blumenthal creates an extraordinary feast inspired by the remarkable food of the Medieval age. This was a time when food was all about trickery and illusion, and Heston's celebrity diners are certainly in for a meal they'll never forget. On the menu: a bowl of fruit that is actually made of bull's testicles, blood sucking eels, live birds in a pie and edible cutlery and candles.
It's time to rescue a glorious Triumph Stag sports car. Originally representing the best in British motoring with Continental styling, it was THE car for the aspirational playboy. But its reputation faded quickly; becoming known as a glorious mess and having trouble with overheating and unexpected breakdowns. Under a tarpaulin in a scrapyard, Ant finds a specimen while Philip meets some fans of the Stag to discover if the car's unreliable image is justified.
James May gets to the heart of the nation's childhood love affair with the model plane and sets out to achieve what seems an impossible dream: the first cross channel flight ever achieved by an engineless, homemade supersized toy. If it survives the perilous 22 mile journey, James's classic toy glider, lovingly built from over 1,000 pieces of balsa, will smash the British distance record.
Beneath the streets of London, lies a parallel universe. As its buildings soar higher, so its tunnels go deeper. London has more infrastructures built underground than any city in the world. Join engineers working in this vast underground city - from tunnel builders digging a brand new underground train line 40m beneath the city to squads of workers scrubbing its sewer tunnels to prevent outbreaks of disease.
John Philips' family have lived on the estate of Heath House since the 16th century, and the house has stood since 1840. John and wife Flavia took over the property on his mother's death, but now in their 70s they are finding the property, along with over 480 acres of land, a financial and physical drain.
This episode focuses on the luxurious interiors of the Titanic, whose fittings were so expensive she was the 1912 equivalent in luxury to today's Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. Four engineers re-discover the lost skills of the British craftsmen and women who made these interiors, by attempting to build the centrepiece section of the most expensive room aboard the ship: the Gentlemen's First Class Smoking Room.
Chefs Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo tour Campania, where they learn how poverty in the area created Italy's best-loved dishes and made the region rich. The duo visit Gennaro's home town Minori to get a lesson in pasta-making from his great aunt, then head to Naples, where they discover the humble beginnings of pizza.
Tonight, James and his family of helpers build a life-size bridge made entirely of Meccano - a world first. Once James has found a river to build his bridge over and a design to follow, it takes two months to painstakingly piece together this huge feat of engineering. With the help of a group of engineering undergraduates, James uses 100,000 standard Meccano 1cm wide steel bars, nuts and bolts to achieve his extraordinary model.
Heathrow Airport in London is the busiest international airport in the world. This film reveals how seven ingenious technological breakthroughs enabled engineers to build the most modern terminal of this super-structure - Terminal 5. With its enormous free span roof and fully automated baggage system to the robotic vehicles speeding passengers to its doors, T5 has changed airport design forever.
Celebrate National Science week with EnhanceTV showcasing major breakthroughs like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, 40th anniversary of the birth of the first IVF baby and celebrate International Year of the Reef.
Digital literacy is an essential part of an education and many students are learning to program much like their parents learned to write. Check out what children are coding as they prepare for their digital world.
Use this playlist to help students to understand how digital devices work around them. Discover the latest emerging technologies and the affect on individuals from the rise of the digital world. (ACTDIK023,ACTDIK024,VCDSTS043,VCDSTS044)
Space inspires our greatest scientific and creative minds. Take to the stars with NASA, or hop aboard Millennium Falcon in the best of space fact and fiction. (ACSSU188,ACSSU189,VCSSU127,VCSSU128,VCSSU129)
Go on a culinary journey through the world of science. Find out how to transform the taste and texture of food through molecular gastronomy, or prepare dinner in your kitchen kettle using particle theory. With help from some of UQ's most engaging teachers and researchers, Ben Milbourne explains and demonstrates common scientific principles in a way that's fun and easy to understand - through cooking! (ACTDEK045,VCDSTC047,VCDSTC058)