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.


Untold Secrets (Travel Channel)


Untold Secrets (Travel Channel) – Premieres 21st December

Hosted by historical investigator Adam Mastrelli, this is a programme where he looks into an American icon and reveals some lesser known facts.

As the show highlights key periods of the subject, Adam heads off to place in the US where it occurred. There he chats with historians and visits the sites to show the backstory, along with showing some of the actual artefacts and processes used. After collecting all the info, Adam then reveals how certain aspects are either misinterpreted or are completely different to the perceived facts.

As history programmes go it’s watchable enough as it reveals things you wouldn’t normally know. But it’s not something you’d go out of your way to watch.



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.



Origins (AHC)


Origins (AHC) – Premieres 15th September

A programme where each episode looks at three items of a specific field and the delves into how they were invented and developed. The show goes through each section with narrator explaining the history where reinactments, historical photos, archive footage are shown.

It’s pretty much a complete info blast that tries to cover the broadest amount of information of each item in a short time. The fact that each segment is about  7 minutes long means that it never begins to drag, though as it doesn’t go into depth if you already have half decent knowledge of the subject this won’t really give you anything you don’t already know.



The Planets (Science Channel)


The Planets (Science Channel) – Premieres 22nd August – Renewed

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.



The Know It All Guide To… (FYI)


The Know It All Guide To… (FYI) – Premieres 31st July

Fact based programme that looks at a food stuff then goes through its origins, how it’s produced, food stuffs that are used with it and other general pointless facts.

For 30 minutes it rattles though the topic where along with going over some facts, shows how to make/cook the perfect version, talks to the producers of the foodstuff where they talk through the process and visit a popular restaurant that shows off a different take on the dish.

It’s a bit like version of The Quick and the Curious but for food.