James May


At the Edge of Space

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James May always wanted to be an astronaut. Now, 40 years after the first Apollo landings, he gets a chance to fly to the edge of space in a U2 spy plane. But first he has to undergo three gruelling days of training with the US Air Force and learn to use a space suit to stay alive in air so thin it can kill in an instant. He discovers that during the flight there are only two people higher than him, and they are both real astronauts on the International Space Station.

January 18, 2017

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Back in the 1950s listening to music meant sitting around with your mum and dad and having to listen to whatever drivel they wanted, but thankfully along came the portable record player, which helped gave birth to the teenager and a magical music revolution.

January 11, 2017

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As James May spends most of his spare time in his workshop tinkering around with old motorbikes, we thought we'd film it.

January 4, 2017

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When it comes to cooking James May is not the first name that comes to mind, but when it comes to reassembling cooking appliances, James is your man.
Episodes 2016

December 28, 2016

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Much like Santa Claus, James May has spent the year in his workshop getting ready for Christmas, in a festive special in which he reassembles his favourite childhood Christmas present.

July 4, 2016

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Captain Slow finds out how we became a nation of car drivers. James hears how aspiration drove the development of the Rolls Royce and stages a travelling salesman race-off!

June 27, 2016

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Top Gear's hairiest host explores the weird world of the microcar, revisiting Britain's infamous three-wheeled disasters as well as French deathtraps and German absurdities!

June 20, 2016

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The one-time Top Gear host reveals how the masses were mobilised, hearing how the car industry in Japan and Germany bloomed after WWII. Plus, the sad tale of the Austin Allegro!

April 6, 2016

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James concludes his quest to truly understand everyday objects by putting them back together piece by piece with an electric guitar.

April 5, 2016

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James tackles a 1957 Bakelite dial telephone - 211 pieces, most of them very small indeed, must be reassembled in the correct order if this telephone is ever to ring again. From the receiver with its carbon filings that enable speech to be amplified, to the electrical pulses created by the dial itself that connect the phone to the outside world, James soon discovers that every single piece of the telephone played a crucial role in revolutionising communication around the world.
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