Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections

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Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections
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Title card
Presented by Richard Hammond
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 16
Production
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) Darlow Smithson Productions
Distributor National Geographic International
Broadcast
Original channel National Geographic Channel
Original run 15 May 2008 (2008-05-15) – present
External links
Website

Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections is a documentary series originally broadcast on the National Geographic Channel, and later on BBC2. It is presented by Richard Hammond, and looks at how engineers and designers use historic inventions and clues from the natural world in ingenious ways to develop new buildings and machines. The show's format is very similar to that of James Burke's 1978 documentary series, Connections. The first series premiered on 15 May 2008, on National Geographic, and on 1 March 2010, on BBC2. The first series contained four episodes. The second series premiered on 7 September 2009, on National Geographic, and on 8 May 2010, on BBC2. The second series contained six episodes. The third series premiered on 8 May 2011, on BBC2 and contained six episodes. The BBC2 broadcasts of the first two series have a slightly shorter running time and contain less information than the original National Geographic broadcasts, with on average one minute of footage cut from every episode. None of the three series of the programme are available to purchase on DVD in the UK, however, all three can be watched on demand for subscribers of National Geographic on Sky, Virgin Media and BT Vision. In Australia, all three series are available on DVD, either separately or as a box-set.

Episode list[edit]

Series 1 (2008)[edit]

No. Episode[1] Director Original air date
1 "Airbus A380" Kenny Scott 8 September 2008 (2008-09-08)
1 March 2010 (BBC)
2 "Taipei Tower" Mike Slee 15 September 2008 (2008-09-15)
8 March 2010 (BBC)
3 "Deep Space Observer" Nick Metcalfe 22 September 2008 (2008-09-22)
15 March 2010 (BBC)
4 "Super Rig" Nick Metcalfe 29 September 2008 (2008-09-29)
22 March 2010 (BBC)

Series 2 (2009)[edit]

No. Episode[1] Original air date[1]
1 "Wembley Stadium" 7 September 2009 (2009-09-07)
8 May 2010 (BBC)
2 "Sydney Opera House" 14 September 2009 (2009-09-14)
15 May 2010 (BBC)
3 "HMS Illustrious" 21 September 2009 (2009-09-21)
22 May 2010 (BBC)
4 "Guggenheim Bilbao" 28 September 2009 (2009-09-28)
29 May 2010 (BBC)
5 "Millau Sky Bridge" 5 October 2009 (2009-10-05)
5 June 2010 (BBC)
6 "Hong Kong International Airport" 11 October 2009 (2009-10-11)
12 June 2010 (BBC)

Series 3 (2011)[edit]

No. Episode[2] Original air date
1 "Burj Al Arab" 8 May 2011 (BBC2)
2 "Formula 1" 15 May 2011 (BBC2)
3 "Super Tankers" 22 May 2011 (BBC2)
4 "The Earthquake Proof Bridge" 29 May 2011 (BBC2)
5 "Space Shuttle" 5 June 2011 (BBC2)
6 "Bullet Train" 12 June 2011 (BBC2)

BBC2 episodes ratings[edit]

Series 1[edit]

No. Episode UK air date Viewers (millions) Audience share in timeslot
1 "Airbus A380" 15 February 2009 (2009-02-15) 2.89[3] 10.7%[3]
2 "Taipei 101" 22 February 2009 (2009-02-22) 2.63[4] 9.6%[4]
3 "Deep Space Observer" 1 March 2009 (2009-03-01) 2.15[5] 8.1%[5]
4 "Super Rig" 8 March 2009 (2009-03-08) 2.66[6] 9.7%[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections - Episode Giuds - Series 2". Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1289217/episodes
  3. ^ a b Wilkes, Neil (16 February 2009). "Paxman's 'Victorians' interest 4.3m". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  4. ^ a b Wilkes, Neil (23 February 2009). "'Lost' winning Sunday night ratings battle". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  5. ^ a b French, Dan (2 March 2009). "'Being Human' ends run with 822,000". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  6. ^ a b French, Dan (9 March 2009). "Piers Morgan show boosted by Katie Price". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 

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