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Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention sees renowned inventor Wallace and his faithful side-kick Gromit turn their hand to presenting for the very first time, hosting a six part series from the basement of 62 West Wallaby Street, taking an enthusiastic look at all kinds of real life cracking-contraptions from around the world.

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Description

Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention sees renowned inventor Wallace and his faithful side-kick Gromit turn their hand to presenting for the very first time, hosting a six part series from the basement of 62 West Wallaby Street, taking an enthusiastic look at all kinds of real life cracking-contraptions from around the world.

    • Episode 1

    Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention

    In this episode, Wallace and Gromit explore the wonders of the natural world and look at inventions inspired by Mother Nature. We visit some incredible flying penguins and other elegant marine-inspired robots at Festo in Germany and fly to Malawi, where scientists are developing self-cooling buildings based on the intricate structures of termite mounds. In Holland we meet enigmatic sculptor Theo Jansen as he premieres his latest fusion of art and engineering, the Animaris Siamesis – a huge insect-like structure that moves independently and gracefully with the wind. In Israel Jem Stansfield meets a man who has invented a fish-like ‘gill’ which could allow humans to breathe underwater and finally we look at some weird and wonderful autonomous carnivorous robotic furniture based on the Venus Fly Trap plant.

    • HD
    • 29 Minutes

    In this episode, Wallace and Gromit explore the wonders of the natural world and look at inventions inspired by Mother Nature. We visit some incredible flying penguins and other elegant marine-inspired robots at Festo in Germany and fly to Malawi, where scientists are developing self-cooling buildings based on the intricate structures of termite mounds. In Holland we meet enigmatic sculptor Theo Jansen as he premieres his latest fusion of art and engineering, the Animaris Siamesis – a huge insect-like structure that moves independently and gracefully with the wind. In Israel Jem Stansfield meets a man who has invented a fish-like ‘gill’ which could allow humans to breathe underwater and finally we look at some weird and wonderful autonomous carnivorous robotic furniture based on the Venus Fly Trap plant.

    • HD
    • 29 Minutes
    • Episode 2

    Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention

    The second episode explores the mysteries behind man’s fascination with flight, from homemade space rockets in Manchester to jetpacks in the UK and planes that don’t fly in our ‘contraption countdown’. On location in the USA, we explore the most advanced flexible spacesuits being developed by NASA that are designed to allow wearers to perform cartwheels on Mars and in Germany we look at the life of Gustav Mesmer, a man obsessed with flight but whose inner inventor was locked inside his own imagination for years and who finally got to realise his dreams on a bicycle with wings. Finally Jem Stansfield travels to California to investigate the theory behind air movement which gave lift to the eerie-looking Magnus Spherical Airship.

    • HD
    • 28 Minutes

    The second episode explores the mysteries behind man’s fascination with flight, from homemade space rockets in Manchester to jetpacks in the UK and planes that don’t fly in our ‘contraption countdown’. On location in the USA, we explore the most advanced flexible spacesuits being developed by NASA that are designed to allow wearers to perform cartwheels on Mars and in Germany we look at the life of Gustav Mesmer, a man obsessed with flight but whose inner inventor was locked inside his own imagination for years and who finally got to realise his dreams on a bicycle with wings. Finally Jem Stansfield travels to California to investigate the theory behind air movement which gave lift to the eerie-looking Magnus Spherical Airship.

    • HD
    • 28 Minutes
    • Episode 3

    Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention

    The third episode in Wallace and Gromit’s ‘World of Invention’ focuses on ingenious inventions for the home. From 1940’s household robots and weird humanoid butlers to cutting edge labour saving devices, we travel around the world to explore the social history of domestic life through inventions. We visit the home of iconic inventor Trevor Baylis, the man who revolutionised the radio and visit ‘George’, one of the first walking humanoid robots ever built, as he is brought to life for the first time in sixty years by his creator Tony Sale. We visit the world’s largest collection of the peculiarly English invention, the Teasmade, and delve into the mind of a young Malawian inventor who designed windmills to power his family’s home. Finally Jem Stansfield visits some budding young inventors in Oxford who are recreating a fridge first devised by Einstein but which never got off the drawing board.

    • HD
    • 29 Minutes

    The third episode in Wallace and Gromit’s ‘World of Invention’ focuses on ingenious inventions for the home. From 1940’s household robots and weird humanoid butlers to cutting edge labour saving devices, we travel around the world to explore the social history of domestic life through inventions. We visit the home of iconic inventor Trevor Baylis, the man who revolutionised the radio and visit ‘George’, one of the first walking humanoid robots ever built, as he is brought to life for the first time in sixty years by his creator Tony Sale. We visit the world’s largest collection of the peculiarly English invention, the Teasmade, and delve into the mind of a young Malawian inventor who designed windmills to power his family’s home. Finally Jem Stansfield visits some budding young inventors in Oxford who are recreating a fridge first devised by Einstein but which never got off the drawing board.

    • HD
    • 29 Minutes
    • Episode 4

    Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention

    In this episode Wallace and Gromit experience the world through the five senses, exploring the fact and fiction behind invisibility cloaks, bomb detecting bees and the top sensory inventions. In London, scientists are creating prototype invisibility cloaks using metamaterials to bend light around objects, and we discover the science behind new technology allowing the blind to ‘see’ through taste using hi-tech sunglasses. In Kentucky, USA we visit the small town where a local farmer invented wireless telephones over 100 years ago. Or did he? Finally in Tasmania, Australia we meet our Inventor of the Week who, after being told it was impossible, invented and made his own unique prosthetic arm.

    • HD
    • 29 Minutes

    In this episode Wallace and Gromit experience the world through the five senses, exploring the fact and fiction behind invisibility cloaks, bomb detecting bees and the top sensory inventions. In London, scientists are creating prototype invisibility cloaks using metamaterials to bend light around objects, and we discover the science behind new technology allowing the blind to ‘see’ through taste using hi-tech sunglasses. In Kentucky, USA we visit the small town where a local farmer invented wireless telephones over 100 years ago. Or did he? Finally in Tasmania, Australia we meet our Inventor of the Week who, after being told it was impossible, invented and made his own unique prosthetic arm.

    • HD
    • 29 Minutes
    • Episode 5

    Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention

    Wallace and Gromit have always taken their safety in their own hands and in this episode they consider other inventors with the same philosophy. We tell the tale of 1940’s Hollywood starlet Hedy Lamarr who had a side line in inventing and who devised a radio controlled ‘secret-communication’ system for steering torpedoes to help allied forces in the war, the technology of which is featured in all modern blue tooth systems. We look at the most futuristic surveillance drones and the history of spy technology, first developed using the humble pigeon in WWI. In the USA we look at the fascinating history of Spacesuits and in the UK, we reveal the life of eccentric British inventor Arthur Pedrick and his helpful cat, with his hundreds of patents from explosive underground bomb shelters to cat flaps and sometimes a mixture of both. Ejector seats from past to present are revealed in the UK with some nail-biting tails of high-speed ejection from the lucky pilots themselves and finally we take a look at some less successful health and safety nightmares.

    • HD
    • 29 Minutes

    Wallace and Gromit have always taken their safety in their own hands and in this episode they consider other inventors with the same philosophy. We tell the tale of 1940’s Hollywood starlet Hedy Lamarr who had a side line in inventing and who devised a radio controlled ‘secret-communication’ system for steering torpedoes to help allied forces in the war, the technology of which is featured in all modern blue tooth systems. We look at the most futuristic surveillance drones and the history of spy technology, first developed using the humble pigeon in WWI. In the USA we look at the fascinating history of Spacesuits and in the UK, we reveal the life of eccentric British inventor Arthur Pedrick and his helpful cat, with his hundreds of patents from explosive underground bomb shelters to cat flaps and sometimes a mixture of both. Ejector seats from past to present are revealed in the UK with some nail-biting tails of high-speed ejection from the lucky pilots themselves and finally we take a look at some less successful health and safety nightmares.

    • HD
    • 29 Minutes
    • Episode 6

    Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention

    The desire for freedom and escape has driven human inventiveness through the ages. In this episode, Wallace and Gromit explore incredible transportation inventions from around the globe. In our ‘Contraption Countdown’ the focus is on peculiar transport devices and we find out how to cross the River Thames in a plastic bag. We discover the intention behind laser propulsion in the creation of flying saucer technology and meet Cedric Lynch, an illustrious engineer who invented electric tricycles as he competes in the world famous TT race on the Isle of Man with his electric motorbike. We take a trip to Russia and meet Mikhail Puchkov in St. Petersburg who has spent the last 30 years building his own submarine. We meet Sir Clive Sinclair who devised the first digital watches, home computers and pocket calculators but who still has plans to revolutionise personal transport. Jem Stansfield looks at Brunel’s Atmospheric Railway system and discovers that perhaps it wasn’t the failure history remembers it being.

    • HD
    • 29 Minutes

    The desire for freedom and escape has driven human inventiveness through the ages. In this episode, Wallace and Gromit explore incredible transportation inventions from around the globe. In our ‘Contraption Countdown’ the focus is on peculiar transport devices and we find out how to cross the River Thames in a plastic bag. We discover the intention behind laser propulsion in the creation of flying saucer technology and meet Cedric Lynch, an illustrious engineer who invented electric tricycles as he competes in the world famous TT race on the Isle of Man with his electric motorbike. We take a trip to Russia and meet Mikhail Puchkov in St. Petersburg who has spent the last 30 years building his own submarine. We meet Sir Clive Sinclair who devised the first digital watches, home computers and pocket calculators but who still has plans to revolutionise personal transport. Jem Stansfield looks at Brunel’s Atmospheric Railway system and discovers that perhaps it wasn’t the failure history remembers it being.

    • HD
    • 29 Minutes
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