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  • Gotthard Tunnel

    Opened in 2016, the $10.3bn Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland became the world's longest tunnel. Discover how it was built and its effect on European transit.

  • Orion Space Craft

    NASA's cutting-edge Orion spacecraft is the next big thing in space travel. Hear how developers hope the module will aid human exploration of Mars and of asteroids.

  • Three Gorges Dam

    Hear how engineers reshaped a river to accomplish the amazing endeavour that is China's Three Gorges Dam - the world's largest and heaviest concrete structure.

  • Three Gorges Dam

    Hear how engineers reshaped a river to accomplish the amazing endeavour that is China's Three Gorges Dam - the world's largest and heaviest concrete structure.

  • Millau Viaduct

    The Millau Viaduct is the world's tallest bridge and spans the valley of the River Tarn in southern France. Find out more about this marvel of modern engineering.

  • Millau Viaduct

    The Millau Viaduct is the world's tallest bridge and spans the valley of the River Tarn in southern France. Find out more about this marvel of modern engineering.

  • Oasis-Class Cruise Ships

    The Oasis-class cruise ships are the largest passenger ships in the world, capable of carrying well over 5,000 travellers. Hear all about their construction.

  • The Shard

    The Shard became the tallest building in London upon its completion in 2012. Standing over 1,000ft high, hear how this 95-storey skyscraper was conceived and constructed.

  • The Shard

    The Shard became the tallest building in London upon its completion in 2012. Standing over 1,000ft high, hear how this 95-storey skyscraper was conceived and constructed.

  • Virginia Class Submarine

    The Virginia-class submarine is the most advanced nuclear-powered fast attack submarine ever built for the US Navy. Hear how this 7,800-tonne beast was made.

  • Virginia Class Submarine

    The Virginia-class submarine is the most advanced nuclear-powered fast attack submarine ever built for the US Navy. Hear how this 7,800-tonne beast was made.

  • The Panama Canal Redevelopment

    Opened in 2016, the Panama Canal expansion was an engineering project on a colossal scale. Hear how history's pioneers shaped this modern-day feat.

  • The Pioneering Spirit

    The world's largest crane ship, the Pioneering Spirit can install oil pipelines in deep waters. Hear about the cutting-edge technology behind this project.

  • The Pioneering Spirit

    The world's largest crane ship, the Pioneering Spirit can install oil pipelines in deep waters. Hear about the cutting-edge technology behind this project.

  • 500m Aperture Telescope

    The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, is the world's largest radio telescope. Hear how history's pioneers made it all possible.

  • 500m Aperture Telescope

    The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, is the world's largest radio telescope. Hear how history's pioneers made it all possible.

  • Crossrail

    London's newest rail network is a project of staggering proportions, with 10,000 personnel working across 40 sites and on 118km of track. Hear the story of Crossrail.

  • Crossrail

    London's newest rail network is a project of staggering proportions, with 10,000 personnel working across 40 sites and on 118km of track. Hear the story of Crossrail.

  • Tokyo Skytree

    The 634m Tokyo Skytree is the world's tallest free-standing tower. How has this incredible structure been built to survive high winds and earthquakes? Find out.

  • Tokyo Skytree

    The 634m Tokyo Skytree is the world's tallest free-standing tower. How has this incredible structure been built to survive high winds and earthquakes? Find out.

  • Halley VI Research Station

    Learn more about the Halley VI, a futuristic polar research station. Hear how it can withstand the harshest environment on the planet: the South Pole.

  • Halley VI Research Station

    Learn more about the Halley VI, a futuristic polar research station. Hear how it can withstand the harshest environment on the planet: the South Pole.

  • International Space Station

    The $150bn ISS is the single most expensive engineering project in history. Hear how Henry Fluess and Dale Reed's work made this endeavour possible.

  • International Space Station

    The $150bn ISS is the single most expensive engineering project in history. Hear how Henry Fluess and Dale Reed's work made this endeavour possible.

  • Littoral Combat Ships Class

    The US Navy's innovative littoral combat ships are the fastest vessels of this type in their fleet. Hear how history's pioneers made them possible.

  • Littoral Combat Ships Class

    The US Navy's innovative littoral combat ships are the fastest vessels of this type in their fleet. Hear how history's pioneers made them possible.

  • Tesla Factory

    This cutting-edge manufacturing plant in California produces an incredible 2,000 cars each week. So what links some enterprising Venetians to this operation? Find out.

  • Tesla Factory

    This cutting-edge manufacturing plant in California produces an incredible 2,000 cars each week. So what links some enterprising Venetians to this operation? Find out.

  • Airlander 10 Airship

    It's the world's largest aircraft, with the ability to stay airborne for five days and land anywhere on Earth. Hear the incredible story behind Airlander 10.

  • Airlander 10 Airship

    It's the world's largest aircraft, with the ability to stay airborne for five days and land anywhere on Earth. Hear the incredible story behind Airlander 10.

  • Record-Breaking Rollercoaster

    Kingda Ka is the world's tallest rollercoaster and the fastest in the US. Hold tight to hear about the mechanics and history behind this attraction.

  • The Perdido Oil Rig

    Located in the Gulf of Mexico, Perdido is the world's deepest floating oil platform and is almost as tall as the Eiffel Tower. Hear about its construction.

  • The Perdido Oil Rig

    Located in the Gulf of Mexico, Perdido is the world's deepest floating oil platform and is almost as tall as the Eiffel Tower. Hear about its construction.

  • New Safe Confinement

    The incredible efforts to ensure that the temporary fix around the damaged reactor at Chernobyl becomes a permanent solution, known as the New Safe Confinement.

  • New Safe Confinement

    The incredible efforts to ensure that the temporary fix around the damaged reactor at Chernobyl becomes a permanent solution, known as the New Safe Confinement.

  • London Array

    How a team of intrepid engineers keep the largest offshore wind farm on the planet, the London Array, maintained and producing electricity whatever the weather.

  • Hudson Yards

    The creation of Hudson Yards on Manhattan Island, New York, a construction project built over the tracks and railway sidings of Penn Station - literally in thin air.

Episode guide

Impossible Engineering

Series 1

Impossible Engineering

  • Aircraft Carrier

    How on earth was the Navy's mammoth HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier built? Discover the cutting-edge engineering techniques behind this mobile megastructure.

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  • Rion Antirion Bridge

    The building of this 3km-long bridge in Greece faced may obstacles, not least seismic activity. Hear how an improbable feat of engineering was accomplished.

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  • The Shanghai Tower

    The Shanghai Tower is the world's second tallest building and is designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons. Learn more about this triumph of engineering.

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  • Kansai Airport

    Learn about the ambitious construction of Kansai International Airport in Japan, which is built on a man-made island and can withstand destructive natural disasters.

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  • Maglev Train

    Marvel at the sheer brilliance of the Maglev Shanghai Train, the world's fastest commercial train which can reach speeds of over 400km/h - even with leaves on the line.

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  • Airbus

    Learn more about breathtaking feats of construction in this illuminating series. Climb aboard the four-engine Airbus A380, the largest passenger plane in the world.

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Impossible Engineering

Series 2

Impossible Engineering

  • Gotthard Tunnel

    Opened in 2016, the $10.3bn Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland became the world's longest tunnel. Discover how it was built and its effect on European transit.

  • Orion Space Craft

    NASA's cutting-edge Orion spacecraft is the next big thing in space travel. Hear how developers hope the module will aid human exploration of Mars and of asteroids.

  • Three Gorges Dam

    Hear how engineers reshaped a river to accomplish the amazing endeavour that is China's Three Gorges Dam - the world's largest and heaviest concrete structure.

  • Millau Viaduct

    The Millau Viaduct is the world's tallest bridge and spans the valley of the River Tarn in southern France. Find out more about this marvel of modern engineering.

  • AT&T Stadium

    Home of the Dallas Cowboys, the impressive AT&T Stadium in Texas has a retractable roof and can hold over 100,000 people. Find out how this $1.3bn arena was constructed.

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    Not scheduled
  • Oasis-Class Cruise Ships

    The Oasis-class cruise ships are the largest passenger ships in the world, capable of carrying well over 5,000 travellers. Hear all about their construction.

  • The Shard

    The Shard became the tallest building in London upon its completion in 2012. Standing over 1,000ft high, hear how this 95-storey skyscraper was conceived and constructed.

  • Virginia Class Submarine

    The Virginia-class submarine is the most advanced nuclear-powered fast attack submarine ever built for the US Navy. Hear how this 7,800-tonne beast was made.

Impossible Engineering

Series 3

Impossible Engineering

  • The Pioneering Spirit

    The world's largest crane ship, the Pioneering Spirit can install oil pipelines in deep waters. Hear about the cutting-edge technology behind this project.

  • The Panama Canal Redevelopment

    Opened in 2016, the Panama Canal expansion was an engineering project on a colossal scale. Hear how history's pioneers shaped this modern-day feat.

  • 500m Aperture Telescope

    The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, is the world's largest radio telescope. Hear how history's pioneers made it all possible.

  • Crossrail

    London's newest rail network is a project of staggering proportions, with 10,000 personnel working across 40 sites and on 118km of track. Hear the story of Crossrail.

  • Tokyo Skytree

    The 634m Tokyo Skytree is the world's tallest free-standing tower. How has this incredible structure been built to survive high winds and earthquakes? Find out.

  • Halley VI Research Station

    Learn more about the Halley VI, a futuristic polar research station. Hear how it can withstand the harshest environment on the planet: the South Pole.

  • International Space Station

    The $150bn ISS is the single most expensive engineering project in history. Hear how Henry Fluess and Dale Reed's work made this endeavour possible.

  • Tesla Factory

    This cutting-edge manufacturing plant in California produces an incredible 2,000 cars each week. So what links some enterprising Venetians to this operation? Find out.

  • Littoral Combat Ships Class

    The US Navy's innovative littoral combat ships are the fastest vessels of this type in their fleet. Hear how history's pioneers made them possible.

  • Airlander 10 Airship

    It's the world's largest aircraft, with the ability to stay airborne for five days and land anywhere on Earth. Hear the incredible story behind Airlander 10.

  • The Perdido Oil Rig

    Located in the Gulf of Mexico, Perdido is the world's deepest floating oil platform and is almost as tall as the Eiffel Tower. Hear about its construction.

  • Record-Breaking Rollercoaster

    Kingda Ka is the world's tallest rollercoaster and the fastest in the US. Hold tight to hear about the mechanics and history behind this attraction.

Impossible Engineering

Series 4

Impossible Engineering

  • New Safe Confinement

    The incredible efforts to ensure that the temporary fix around the damaged reactor at Chernobyl becomes a permanent solution, known as the New Safe Confinement.

  • London Array

    How a team of intrepid engineers keep the largest offshore wind farm on the planet, the London Array, maintained and producing electricity whatever the weather.

  • Hudson Yards

    The creation of Hudson Yards on Manhattan Island, New York, a construction project built over the tracks and railway sidings of Penn Station - literally in thin air.

  • Ford Class Aircraft Carrier

    The construction of the cutting-edge Ford class aircraft carriers, the largest warships ever built - almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall.

  • Wonderland Hotel

    The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, a 337-room hotel that burrows 16 stories below ground level, clinging to the cliffs of an abandoned quarry.

  • Abrams Tank

    How the Abrams Tank, the US Army's biggest land combat vehicle, is constructed, using access to the factory where they are built, as well as their testing grounds.

  • Personal Jet Suit

    A look at the history of personal flight, culminating in Richard Browning and his team of engineers' development of the Gravity Industries Jet Suit.

  • The 1,000mph Car

    An insight into a team of engineers in Perth's attempts to not only break the 763mph land speed record set back in 1997, but also go past the 1,000mph barrier.

  • Black Pearl Sailing Yacht

    A look onboard the $200million Black Pearl, which is the largest sailing yacht in the world, but has also been built to sail faster than any ship of its size.

  • Qinghai-Tibet Railway

    A look at the Qinhai-Tibet line, the highest railway in the world, including the engineering challenges faced at high altitude and in bitterly cold temperatures.

Impossible Engineering

Series 5

Impossible Engineering

  • London's Super Sewer

    A multibillion-pound 32km super sewer under the streets of London, an early sewer system at the Palace of Knossos and a piece of tunnel boring equipment from the past.

  • Bluewaters Island

    A vast new island in the seas off Dubai, which has been created to house the world's biggest observation wheel - twice the size of the London Eye.

  • Seattle's Floating Bridge

    A floating bridge in Seattle, one of the longest in the world, intended to connect the growing suburb of Bellevue with the high-tech downtown heart of the city.

  • Whistler

    The construction of Whistler on the Canadian Pacific seaboard, a remote ski resort whose creation was made possible with record-breaking engineering equipment.

  • Boka Vanguard

    The Boka Vanguard, the planet's largest heavy lift ship, capable of carrying the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty at the same time.

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  • NATO's AWACs

    Nato's Airborne Warning and Control System, a cutting-edge aircraft that enables pilots to spot hostile intrusion as they protect state borders of the countries in the alliance.

  • F35

    How in devising the F35 Lightning II, engineers have pushed the boundaries of aviation technology further than ever before and created a revolutionary, fighter aircraft.

  • Beipanjiang First Bridge

    The Beipanjiang First Bridge, the highest bridge on Earth, connecting two communities in China formerly divided by a gorge known as 'the crack in the Earth'.

  • Infantry Assault

    A look at the incredible machines built to get troops directly to the front line, on land, at sea and in the air.

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  • The Independent

    The Independent, a residential skyscraper in Austin, Texas. At 690ft, it is the tallest building in the city, surpassing the 683ft Austonian, another residential skyscraper.

  • Supertanker Europe

    A look at the world's biggest oil tanker - the mighty Supertanker Europe of the record-breaking TI Class of ship.

  • Beijing Daxing

    A look at the Beijing Daxing, set to become the biggest airport in the world, designed to accommodate a staggering 100 million travellers each year.

  • 111 W. 57th Street

    The skinniest skyscraper on earth is being built in New York City. Can engineers find a way to build this ultra-tall slender building?

  • Stratolaunch

    Stratolaunch is designed to lift rockets, spacecraft and experimental high-speed hypersonic planes into the stratosphere, then release them for their onward journey into space.

  • South-North Water Diversion

    Chinese authorities attempt a huge infrastructure project as they try to move vast amounts of water from the wet south of the country to the dry north.

  • The Falkirk Wheel

    The Falkirk wheel is the first and only rotating boat lift, capable of moving 600 tonnes of boat and water over a 25-metre height difference in just minutes.