Toy Stories

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Technology Documentary hosted by James May and published by BBC broadcasted as part of BBC Toy Stories series in 2009 - English narration

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James May is out to prove why traditional, old-fashioned toys are still relevant by pushing them to the limit in spectacular, supersize challenges.

[edit] Airfix

James takes model aeroplanes to a new level when he tries to make a full-size Spitfire out of Airfix. The venture soon hits problems when it becomes clear the giant 36-foot pieces may not be strong enough, and nobody knows how they will fit together.

[edit] Plasticine

James tries to make a garden entirely out of Plasticine and then enter it at the Chelsea Flower Show. He persuades thousands of members of the British public to help make the thousands of Plasticine flowers he needs, but will it be enough to persuade the guardians of the world's most prestigious horticultural event to let him make a garden with no real flowers in it?

[edit] Meccano

James joins forces with Edwina Currie to build a full-size bridge from nothing but Meccano. Top engineers pitch incredible designs, but the project soon careers out of control when the Meccano does not arrive and James realises the structure will take longer to build than he imagined. A last-minute accident also means that James's bridge may never see the light of day.

[edit] Scalextric

James May continues his quest to show what is possible with old-fashioned toys by using them on a scale never seen before. James attempts to build the biggest Scalextric track in the world, nearly three miles long, on the site of Britain's oldest grand prix track at Brooklands in Surrey. The track will have to go through people's gardens, over ponds and rivers and even negotiate a business park. Who will win the race of the century, the plucky locals or the team of Scalextric experts?

[edit] Lego

With thousands of people and over three million Lego bricks, James attempts to do what no-one has ever managed - to build a two-storey house out of this colourful toy.

[edit] Hornby

James attempts to build the longest ever model railway track - a whopping ten miles long. He builds it in Devon, linking two towns, Barnstaple and Bideford, which last had a train service over forty years ago. Thousands of people turn out to help, but nature and the odds look to be against the plucky little engine in what is certainly James's most ambitious idea yet.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CAVLC
  • Video Bitrate: 1800 Kb/s
  • Video Resolution: 1024 x 576
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AC3
  • Audio Bitrate: 192 kb/s CBR 48KHz
  • Run-Time: 59mins
  • Number of Parts: 6
  • Part Size: 843MB
  • Source: PDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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