Episode guide

The Re-Inventors

Series 1

The Re-Inventors

  • Life-Saving Apparatus

    Join the moustachioed mechanic Dick Strawbridge as he re-creates history's most ingenious inventions. This episode looks at a rocket propelled rescue device.

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  • Stephenson's Rocket

    Dick Strawbridge recreates history's most famous inventions. A focus on steam engines; in particular, George and Robert Stephenson's legendary Rocket locomotive.

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  • Fire Pump

    Eccentric engineer Dick Strawbridge recreates history's mightiest inventions! A homage to the creation of a manual pump, designed by Richard Newsham and introduced in 1728.

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  • Power Loom

    Dick Strawbridge looks at some of the most useful inventions in history. He re-creates Edmund Cartwright's power loom, which was pivotal in the Industrial Revolution.

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  • Re-Inventors, 1

    Dick Strawbridge recreates an amazing historic invention. A trip through time to see the threshing machine designed by Andrew Meikle to separate wheat from chaff.

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Series 2

The Re-Inventors

  • Flotation Suit

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  • Head Parachute

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  • Gun Helmet

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  • Flying Machine

    Discover history's lost inventions. The boys take to the air with an ancient human-powered helicopter to see if aviation pioneers the Wright brothers could be trumped.

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  • Flying Car

    Yesterday's ideas for tomorrow's world. Is it possible to build an affordable flying car? The Re-Inventors road-test the Taylor Aerocar to see if it is worthy of a patent.

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  • Incinerating Toilet

    Discover lost inventions from yesteryear. The boys get a bum deal when they test old prototypes for the disposal of human waste. Expect plenty of toilet humour.

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  • Da Vinci Gun

    Matt Hunter and Jeremy MacPherson dig up original patent designs to test intriguing inventions from the past. Leonardo da Vinci's 12-barrel machine gun is given a shot.

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  • Monowheel

    With the safety of road cyclists in the news of late, Matt and Jeremy's trial of the monowheel is particularly relevant. Is this the next big thing in commuting?

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  • Panjandrum

    The Panjandrum was a huge, rocket-powered cart built by the Brits in WWII - to no avail. Can the experts succeed where the military failed? Rediscover this lost invention.

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  • Windmill

    Potty patents and practical prototypes put to the test. The boys reconstruct an Islamic windmill that was designed over 400 years before the Dutch first harnessed the wind.

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  • Solar Crematorium

    History's lost creations are rediscovered in this inventive series. Hosts Matt and Jeremy test out an eco-friendly, solar-powered machine that cremates dead bodies.

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  • Flame Thrower

    This ancient Chinese flamethrower was the first weapon of its kind. Find out if this lost invention is still of practical use today as the team reconstruct it.

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  • Da Vinci Tank

    Leonardo da Vinci was not only a wonderful artist, but also a prolific inventor. Watch the Re-Inventors recreate and road-test his massive, human-powered wooden tank.

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  • Da Vinci Chariot

    Witness the genius of Leonardo da Vinci's scary-looking scythed chariot, which was equipped with spinning blades on each side. History's lost inventions recreated.

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  • Four-Armed Catapult

    Matt Hunter and Jeremy MacPherson reassess mothballed inventions from the past. Ancient designs for battle-ready catapults and trebuchets are put under scrutiny.

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  • Roman Crane

    How did the Romans build such impressive structures like the Colosseum and Hadrian's Wall? The Re-Inventors try to find out by assembling one of their patented cranes.

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  • Chinese Rocket

    Using historical materials, Matt and Jeremy aim to rebuild the Huolongjing - the world's first multi-stage rocket, built by the crafty Chinese some 700 years ago.

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  • Human Propulsion

    Jeremy MacPherson and Matt Hunter are skating on thin ice when they test out old-fangled methods for travelling in wintry conditions, including jet-propelled skis.

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  • Invention War

    A special edition of the hands-on history series as Matt and Jeremy modernise four of their top inventions and pit them against one another in a battle for supremacy.

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  • Snow Annihilator

    Benjamin Roman's 1930s snow plow was said to be the ultimate answer to wintry chaos on the roads. The team pit this mighty machine against the harsh Canadian winter.

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  • Bulletproof Protection

    Your chance to see two revived World War I creations that aimed to protect a soldier from gunfire: a bulletproof enclosure and a combined helmet and shield.

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  • Fire Fighting

    Discover potty patents and prototypes from the past. Two fire extinguishers, one using chemicals to create a foam and the other containing gunpowder, are tested out.

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  • Double Cannon

    The Re-Inventors test out an old, old double-barrelled cannon, used during the Civil War era. See if they fare better than the luckless souls who first fired it.

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  • Life at Sea

    History's lost inventions rediscovered. The crew get a sinking feeling when they try out the Davis Life Pod, patented in 1913 and designed to save those trapped at sea.

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  • Syrian Torpedo

    Recreating weird and wacky historic inventions. Matt and Jeremy test out a primitive torpedo from the Crusades that was powered by rockets and resembled a giant egg.

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  • Bourne Submarine

    Your chance to see history's far-sighted and far-fetched inventions. The crew build what may have been the very first submarine, designed by William Bourne in 1580.

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  • Hydraulic Saw

    Celebrating history's visionaries. Hear more about Francesco di Giorgio's 15th-century creation, which harnessed the power of water in order to cut wood.

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  • Wind Wagon

    The Re-Inventors set out to reconstruct a madcap machine that could have been the world's first automobile, a cross between a windmill and a wagon that dates back to 1335.

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  • Ned Kelly Armour

    Aussie outlaw Ned Kelly was said to be on the cusp of building bulletproof armour before his capture. Tune in to witness its effectiveness against modern weaponry.

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  • Earth Quake Detector

    In 132 AD, top Chinese inventor Zhang Heng developed the world's first seismometer. Will the earth move for the experts when they test it? Find out today.

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  • Battering Ram

    Matt Hunter and Jeremy MacPherson reinvent history as they test out long-lost inventions. See if the lads can smash their way past a wall by building a battering ram.

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  • War Kite

    Journey back in time as we rediscover historic inventions. Ancient Chinese fire arrows and a Japanese kite are appraised as the experts test out antiquated airborne weapons.

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  • Pedestrian Protector

    Witness history's ingenious inventions. Matt and Jeremy test out a cowcatcher-type device that was designed to protect pedestrians from collisions with cars.

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  • Aerosan

    See intriguing inventions from the past in full flow as long-lost patent designs are unearthed. The boys try out the Aerosan, a WWII-era vehicle with skis instead of wheels.

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  • The Re-Inventor's, 35

    Yesterday's ideas for tomorrow's world. History-loving hosts Matt Hunter and Jeremy MacPherson test out a 1940s iceboat that combines razor-sharp blades and extreme speeds.

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