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Following the process of big machines undergoing autopsies has been a unique way of discovering exactly how these beasts work.

Indeed while every component that’s torn apart on these man made beasts offers a new insight into engineering secrets, the most unexpected revelations have been the way in that each machine engenders passionate responses from the men and women who work with them.

Discover how some of man-kinds largest machines work, as they're decommissioned and dismantled, taken apart piece by piece

Discover how some of man-kinds largest machines work, as they're decommissioned and dismantled, taken apart piece by piece

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JUMBO JET

Millions have travelled on Jumbo Jets, but few understand the technical achievements that make it fly. So we were thrilled when British Airways let us into their enormous facility in Cardiff, where planes go every six years to be completely stripped down. It’s the first time this safety check has been filmed and reveals how everything from black boxes (actually orange) to escape chutes work. It’s also exciting to explore the secret compartments where the crew can sleep, and climb inside the massive fuel tanks to see how they’re made.

GAS

The scrapping of a North Sea platform, after producing gas for 40 years, provides the perfect chance to discover engineering secrets of how gas gets from under the seabed into our homes.

But we were surprised to discover the emotional attachments the men, known as the North Sea Tigers, forged with this massive rig. Some of them, who built it for 40 years ago and then lived on it, are now overseeing its decommissioning. For them, the moment the final scrapped steel is sent for recycling marks the end of an era that frames their working lives.

FERRY

On the cross channel ferry the major overhaul in dry dock, to extend the ship’s life by ten years, is the only chance to explore the part of the ship that really matters – its underwater hull, massive propellers and special rudders that are designed for maximum manoeuvrability.

Next On

Episode 1, Series 1

Monday February 25 at 8:30pm

Jumbo Jet Strip-Down

Episode 1 | Series 1

Tom Wrigglesworth and Rob Bell climb on board a British Airways Boeing 747 undergoing maintenance as it is stripped down, checked and put back together.

Episode 1, Series 1

Tuesday February 26 at 1:45am

Jumbo Jet Strip-Down

Episode 1 | Series 1

Tom Wrigglesworth and Rob Bell climb on board a British Airways Boeing 747 undergoing maintenance as it is stripped down, checked and put back together.

Episode 1, Series 1

Saturday March 2 at 11:25pm

Jumbo Jet Strip-Down

Episode 1 | Series 1

Tom Wrigglesworth and Rob Bell climb on board a British Airways Boeing 747 undergoing maintenance as it is stripped down, checked and put back together.

Episode 2, Series 1

Monday March 4 at 9:10pm

Gas Rig Strip-Down

Episode 2 | Series 1

Tom Wrigglesworth and Rob Bell tell the story of the Lima Platform North Sea gas installation as it is pulled from the sea by floating cranes, brought back to Newcastle, and then torn…

Episode 2, Series 1

Tuesday March 5 at 2:05am

Gas Rig Strip-Down

Episode 2 | Series 1

Tom Wrigglesworth and Rob Bell tell the story of the Lima Platform North Sea gas installation as it is pulled from the sea by floating cranes, brought back to Newcastle, and then torn…

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