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Top Gear’s James May revisits the 20th century to discover how inventors and their innovations changed the way we live today.

James May's 20th Century

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Top Gear’s James May revisits the 20th century to discover how inventors and their innovations changed the way we live today.

    • EPISODE 1

    Honey I Strunk the World

    May reconsiders the major breakthroughs in transportation over the last 100 years, starting with the first transatlantic airplanes and the Model T. In the end, he concludes that these inventions shrunk the world not by allowing us to see more of it, but-thanks to television, computers, and fiber optic cable-by increasingly bringing it to us.

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    • 29 Minutes

    May reconsiders the major breakthroughs in transportation over the last 100 years, starting with the first transatlantic airplanes and the Model T. In the end, he concludes that these inventions shrunk the world not by allowing us to see more of it, but-thanks to television, computers, and fiber optic cable-by increasingly bringing it to us.

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    • 29 Minutes
    • EPISODE 2

    Blast Off!

    His childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut so far unfulfilled, May instead reruns the 20th century’s space races. He begins with the V2 rockets that the Nazis rained down on London and moves on to the eventual rocket rivalry between Russia and America. All the while, he seeks to answer the question, was it all really worth it?

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    • 29 Minutes

    His childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut so far unfulfilled, May instead reruns the 20th century’s space races. He begins with the V2 rockets that the Nazis rained down on London and moves on to the eventual rocket rivalry between Russia and America. All the while, he seeks to answer the question, was it all really worth it?

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    • 29 Minutes
    • EPISODE 3

    Body Fantastic

    Not so long ago, each of us had to spend our whole lives with the bodies we were born in-but not anymore. May examines how we can correct and compensate for medical problems, such as missing limbs or defective hearts. In the process, he shows that we can now defy the hand we were dealt at birth and, by unraveling our DNA, discover who we really are.

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    Not so long ago, each of us had to spend our whole lives with the bodies we were born in-but not anymore. May examines how we can correct and compensate for medical problems, such as missing limbs or defective hearts. In the process, he shows that we can now defy the hand we were dealt at birth and, by unraveling our DNA, discover who we really are.

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    • 29 Minutes
    • EPISODE 4

    Take Cover!

    According to May, necessity isn’t the mother of invention-war is. He posits that humans do their best work "when trying to kill each other." May tracks developments in the 20th century’s most deadly form of warfare, aerial warfare, from the earliest reconnaissance planes and WWI dogfighters to the Royal Air Force’s latest supersonic jet.

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    • 29 Minutes

    According to May, necessity isn’t the mother of invention-war is. He posits that humans do their best work "when trying to kill each other." May tracks developments in the 20th century’s most deadly form of warfare, aerial warfare, from the earliest reconnaissance planes and WWI dogfighters to the Royal Air Force’s latest supersonic jet.

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    • 29 Minutes
    • EPISODE 5

    Inventing the Teenager

    In 1900 "there were no teenagers," claims May. So what spawned them? Was it the nylon-inspired fashion revolution, crystal radio, vinyl records, the first Japanese motorcycles, or the electric guitar? May sets out to discover how, during the course of the 20th century, the teenager emerged as a distinct entity.

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    • 29 Minutes

    In 1900 "there were no teenagers," claims May. So what spawned them? Was it the nylon-inspired fashion revolution, crystal radio, vinyl records, the first Japanese motorcycles, or the electric guitar? May sets out to discover how, during the course of the 20th century, the teenager emerged as a distinct entity.

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    • 29 Minutes
    • EPISODE 6

    Big City, Bright Lights

    As more and more people moved to urban centers in search of work and excitement, the only way to build was up. But how did we construct skyscrapers that appear to defy gravity? Why is an electrician from Newcastle the unsung hero behind our 24-hour lifestyle? And what motivates May to drop a Mini Cooper on a plate-glass window?

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    • 28 Minutes

    As more and more people moved to urban centers in search of work and excitement, the only way to build was up. But how did we construct skyscrapers that appear to defy gravity? Why is an electrician from Newcastle the unsung hero behind our 24-hour lifestyle? And what motivates May to drop a Mini Cooper on a plate-glass window?

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    • 28 Minutes
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