An aw­fully BIG ad­ven­ture

Manchester Evening News - - TODAY’S TV - With Sara Wal­lis

RICHARD HAM­MOND’S BIG! Dis­cov­ery, 9pm

RICHARD HAM­MOND is in­cred­i­bly ex­cited at all times. So much so, that it be­comes a bit in­fec­tious.

The Grand Tour pre­sen­ter is thrilled about this epic en­gi­neer­ing se­ries, declar­ing: “I’m on a mis­sion to get hands-on with size and ex­plore the world’s big­gest struc­tures and ma­chines.”

From the long­est un­der­ground rail­way tun­nel, to a cargo ship the size of four foot­ball pitches, he is go­ing be­hind-the-scenes of the largest struc­tures and ma­chines in the world to un­der­stand the sci­ence of ‘big’.

How do en­gi­neers build and main­tain th­ese su­per struc­tures?

Of course, he has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence in tak­ing ridicu­lous risks, how­ever dan­ger­ous, so he’s quite happy to get hands-on – driv­ing, climb­ing, crawl­ing... what ever it takes to get in­side th­ese big places.

He also meets the un­sung he­roes at the front line making them work, peo­ple who we never usu­ally see be­cause they ba­si­cally live in a fac­tory with ro­bots for friends.

In tonight’s episode, Richard vis­its the big­gest car fac­tory in the world in Ger­many. It’s three times big­ger than Monaco and pro­duces 800,000 cars a year – that’s one ev­ery 16 sec­onds.

“How is that even pos­si­ble?” shouts Richard.

Even if you aren’t in­ter­ested in car fac­to­ries, this is a fas­ci­nat­ing place. It has its own ho­tels, foot­ball team, or­ches­tra and 6,000 bikes to trans­port peo­ple around. Tourists even turn up for a nose dur­ing their hol­i­days.

If you like a lot of stats, and don’t mind a fair bit of yelling, ex­plo­sions and gen­eral en­gi­neer­ing ex­cite­ment, this will be a big hit.

Once again Richard Ham­mond puts his life on the line to keep us in­formed and en­ter­tained – and one of his Big re­veals is this mas­sive ‘car park’ – the Auto-stack at Volk­swa­gen’s fac­tory in Ger­many

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