Mega Machines (Science Channel)


Mega Machines (Science Channel) – Premieres 4th January

The more generic version of Alaska Mega Machines, where in the programme it focuses on one piece of modern machinery and looks into how it works by breaking down the main components and showing footage of it in operation.

As the operators go about their tasks, the programme brings up a CGI version of the machine which breaks it open and shows where the relevant components are housed that make the process possible. There the programme explains the forces they are put under and how they have been adapted and improved from similar machines.

Like Alaska Mega Machines this is a grind to get through. But unlike the aforementioned, which at least that went through three different machines during an episode, this drags the content out to mind numbing levels of tedium.



Building Giants (Science Channel)


Building Giants (Science Channel) – Premieres 4th January

In the same vein as Project Impossible & Impossible Engineering, this is a show that looks at the process of how a large groundbreaking building was designed and built.

In the programme it documents the construction process where the foreman explains the complexities of parts of the build and how they need to be pin point accurate to make sure everything works. Along with the structures designer explaining how they came to create some unique answers to the problems they faces.

As the build is going on, each pivotal part of the construction is shown via CGI and highlights the difficulties they face, along with showing how the intended process should play out. Then after the key parts of the process are completed it shows the final version working as it should.

The programme is similar to Project Impossible, As it is like one of the segment has been expanded to fill 45 minutes. And at times it does fill like it with certain bits padded out.

It’s one for those like like to see how big buildings are built.


Strange Evidence (Science Channel)


Strange Evidence (Science Channel) – Premieres 17th October

Using the CCTV footage of weird occurrences caught on film, this show looks into what really happened by having experts analyse the events and revealing what caused them.

The show looks into four separate events where along with initially analysing the the footage the experts try to recreate the conditions to find the most likely answer and explain how everything came together to create what was seen.

While the programme is watchable enough the waste 45 minutes, the things they covered all seemed to have obvious enough answers before they began to look into it.


The Planets (Science Channel)


The Planets (Science Channel) – Premieres 22nd August

Hosted by astronaut Mike Massimino, this show looks at the planets in our solar system, and shows the new discoveries that scientists are finding out about them.

Each segment of the programme rolls into the next as it builds upon the discoveries and popular thoughts on how they are caused/formed. Each part has the usual experts being interviewed as to how they’ve come to the verdict, along with showing NASA imagery and footage of the experiments that have been created to confirm their assumptions.

For a science programme it’s not too bad a watch.


Mysteries of the Missing (Science Channel)


Mysteries of the Missing (Science Channel) – Premieres 26th August

Hosted by Terry O’Quinn of Lost fame, this is a docu-series that looks at some of the most well known disappearances in history. As each episode looks into one particular disappearance, and the show recounts what happened leading up to the event. Then various theories are put forward and explained by experts as to how it could have occurred.

For what it is, the show goes into some depth on the subject matter fully explaining the theories, and if you need to burn 45 minutes it’s a pretty interesting watch.


Outrageous Acts Of Danger (Science Channel)


Outrageous Acts Of Danger (Science Channel) – Premieres 21st June

Science show where the host Todd Sampson introduces a scientific law that he demonstrates in a small scale experiment to members of public, and then devises a large scale experiment that puts him in a situation that could prove fatal if the sums behind it go awry.

During the build up to the main experiment, Todd visits various experts and looks into each element that could effect the outcome. After each visit the experiment becomes more refined, where at the end everyone he has met are brought together to witness the attempt.

The show is like a more risky Mythbusters challenge with Todd placing himself in the position where a test crash dummy would usually be. It’s a decent enough way to waste 30 minutes though it’s something you wouldn’t go out of your way to watch like you would shows such as Mythbusters or Experiemental.


Outlaw Tech (Science Channel)

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Outlaw Tech (Science Channel) – Premieres 26th April

A show that focuses on a famous high tech crime, and then goes into detail about how the criminals managed to pull off the scam.

In it the show uses interviews with various industry experts and former government agents involved in the case where they reveal how the crime was first spotted, and how they went about arresting the perpetrators.

It also goes into detail about how the criminals pulled the crime off, and what technology they had to master, while highlighting the errors they made along the way which lead them to be caught.

It ends up being a surprisingly interesting programme. Though while it’s one you wouldn’t deliberately go out of your way to watch, you could happily sit through a couple to burn some time.