How Do They Do It?

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How Do They Do It?
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UK Title Card
Format Documentary
Starring Chris Broyles
Robert Llewellyn
Dominic Frisby
Rupert Degas
Iain Lee
Country of origin Canada
United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Richard Stansfield
Running time 60/30 minutes
Production company(s) Wag TV
Broadcast
Original channel Discovery Channel
Original run 6 May 2006 – present

How Do They Do It? is a television series produced by Wag TV for Discovery Channel. Each programme explores how 2 or 3 ordinary objects are made and used. The show's slogan is "Behind the ordinary is the extraordinary." The series is broadcast throughout the world on various Discovery-owned networks including:

  • Discovery Channel, Science Channel, DMAX and Quest in the United Kingdom;
  • Science Channel in the United States;
  • Discovery Channel in Asia, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Spain, Switzerland, and the Netherlands;
  • Discovery Channel and Discovery Science in Italy.

Series 1 and 2, which were co-produced with Rocket Surgery Productions, were narrated by Rupert Degas; series 3 and 4 were narrated by Iain Lee; and series 5 and 6 were narrated by Dominic Frisby. In 2008, the UK's Channel 5 begin airing the series, presented by Robert Llewellyn. This version was released on DVD in the UK in May 2010.[1]

In the United States, the series airs on the Science Channel and is narrated by Chris Broyles.

This programme is similar to the popular Canadian-produced documentary programme, How It's Made, also broadcast on Discovery Channel networks.

Episode list[edit]

Discovery Channel[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episodes in the first season aired with 60-minute runtimes (including commercials).

# Features Date
1 "Recycling, Plasma TV, Fireworks, Railroad Tracks, Ink" May 6, 2006 (2006-05-06)
2 "Salt Mines, Trainers, Ships, Watches, Wind Farms" May 13, 2006 (2006-05-13)
3 "Tires, Excavators, Newspapers, Ports, Contact Lenses" May 27, 2006 (2006-05-27)
4 "Internet Cable, Cranes, Pencils, Water, Toothpaste" June 3, 2006 (2006-06-03)
5 "Glass, Golf Balls, Zippers, Coke Cans, Tire Changes" June 10, 2006 (2006-06-10)
6 "Concrete, Cell Phones, Lightbulbs, Steel, Traffic" June 17, 2006 (2006-06-17)

Season 2[edit]

Episodes in the second season aired with 30-minute runtimes (including commercials).

# Features Date
1 "Diamond Mine, Skyscraper, Car Crusher" June 24, 2006 (2006-06-24)
2 "Air-to-Air Refuelling, Ski Slopes, Car Production" June 24, 2006 (2006-06-24)
3 "Ice Breaker, Money, Bowling Alleys" July 8, 2006 (2006-07-08)
4 "Mining Trucks, IKEA, Air Traffic" July 8, 2006 (2006-07-08)
5 "Logging, Baggage, Light Show" July 15, 2006 (2006-07-15)
6 "Gold, Golf Clubs, Escalators" July 15, 2006 (2006-07-15)
7 "Tunneling, Tea, Mountain Bikes" July 22, 2006 (2006-07-22)
8 "Combines, Lifeboats, Chocolate" July 22, 2006 (2006-07-22)
9 "Airbus, Fire Engines, Ketchup" July 29, 2006 (2006-07-29)
10 "Crash Helmets, Rubber, Wave Piercing" July 29, 2006 (2006-07-29)
11 "Airbags, Ice Rinks, Mattresses" August 12, 2006 (2006-08-12)
12 "Armored Cars, Elevators, Cheese" August 12, 2006 (2006-08-12)

Season 3[edit]

# Features Date
1 "Phoenix Stadium, La Trade Tower, Surfing" February 21, 2007 (2007-02-21)
2 "Space Shuttle, Roller Coaster, Pool Table" February 21, 2007 (2007-02-21)
3 "Empire State Building, Extracting Copper, Making a Car" February 28, 2007 (2007-02-28)
4 "Fighter Jet, Baseball, Sports Car" February 28, 2007 (2007-02-28)
5 "Rescue Services, Rotating Boat (Falkirk Wheel), Parachutists" March 7, 2007 (2007-03-07)
6 "Submarine, Moving Earth, Beer Car" March 7, 2007 (2007-03-07)
7 "Racing Drivers, Bank Vaults, Telling Time" March 14, 2007 (2007-03-14)
8 "Cruise Liner, White Wash, Aircon" March 14, 2007 (2007-03-14)
9 "Water Display, Space Shuttle, Suspension Bridge" March 21, 2007 (2007-03-21)
10 "Vehicles, Football, Potash Mine" March 21, 2007 (2007-03-21)
11 "Helicopter, Luxury Yachts, Highway Patrol" March 28, 2007 (2007-03-28)
12 "Buildings, Electricity Pylons, Balloon Makers" March 28, 2007 (2007-03-28)

Season 4[edit]

# Features Date
1 "Bullet Proof Vests, Robots, Formation Skydivers" April 4, 2007 (2007-04-04)
2 "Family Car, Letter, Titanium" April 4, 2007 (2007-04-04)
3 "Forest Fires, Car Exhaust, Telescopes" April 11, 2007 (2007-04-11)
4 "Spacesuit, Neon Signs, Biggest Ships" April 11, 2007 (2007-04-11)
5 "Nuclear Sub, Crash Test Dummies, Fruit and Veg" April 18, 2007 (2007-04-18)
6 "Land Mines, Boats, Fireproof Clothing" April 18, 2007 (2007-04-18)
7 "Oil Rigs, VWs, Black Box" April 25, 2007 (2007-04-25)
8 "Jet Engine, Weapons, Hurricanes from Space" April 25, 2007 (2007-04-25)

Season 5[edit]

# Features Date
1 "Panama Canal, Waste Disposal" March 3, 2008 (2008-03-03)
2 "World's Strongest Knife, Diamonds, Bricks" March 4, 2008 (2008-03-04)
3 "Electricity, Floating Crane" March 5, 2008 (2008-03-05)
4 "Drinking Water, Television Screens, Family Cars" March 6, 2008 (2008-03-06)
5 "Overnight Parcel Delivery, Coal Mining" March 7, 2008 (2008-03-07)
6 "Tetra Pak, Pre-Fab Houses, Ambulances" March 10, 2008 (2008-03-10)
7 "Weather Forecasting, Hovercrafts" March 11, 2008 (2008-03-11)
8 "Freeways, Minting Coins" March 12, 2008 (2008-03-12)
9 "Container Ship Estelle Maersk, Peterbilt Trucks" March 13, 2008 (2008-03-13)
10 "Windshield Wipers, Space Shuttle, Binoculars" March 14, 2008 (2008-03-14)
11 "Transporting Oil Rigs, Electric Razors" March 17, 2008 (2008-03-17)
12 "Halogen Light Bulbs, Mufflers, Locks" March 18, 2008 (2008-03-18)
13 "Airbus, Chainsaws" March 19, 2008 (2008-03-19)
14 "Hydroelectric Dam, Silicon Chips" March 20, 2008 (2008-03-20)
15 "Petrol, Swiss Army Knife" March 25, 2008 (2008-03-25)
16 "Carpets, Lego" March 26, 2008 (2008-03-26)
17 "Railways, Ballpoint Pens" March 27, 2008 (2008-03-27)
18 "Mirrors, Wrapping" March 28, 2008 (2008-03-28)
19 "Jeans, Wine Glasses" March 31, 2008 (2008-03-31)
20 "GPS, Aluminium Foil" April 1, 2008 (2008-04-01)

Season 6[edit]

# Features Date
1 "Artificial Reefs, Earthquake-proof Buildings, Cars on Rocket Fuel" August 10, 2009 (2009-08-10)
2 "Blue Angels Airshows, Indoor Ski Slope, Sushi" August 11, 2009 (2009-08-11)
3 "Produce Power from Waste, Customize Supercars, Super Steel Swords" August 12, 2009 (2009-08-12)
4 "Cowboys Hats, Deep Sea Dive, Inflight Catering" August 13, 2009 (2009-08-13)
5 "De-Ice Planes, Glossy Magazines, Electric Sports Car" August 14, 2009 (2009-08-14)
6 "Satellites, Ship Maintenance, Making stretched limos" August 17, 2009 (2009-08-17)
7 "Mega Hotels, Lasers, Desert Golf." August 18, 2009 (2009-08-18)
8 "Orange Juice, Bending Glass, Solid Rock" August 19, 2009 (2009-08-19)
9 "Jumbo Garage, Nuclear Power, Pianos" August 20, 2009 (2009-08-20)
10 "G Suits, Smart Grid, Vehicle Slowdown" August 21, 2009 (2009-08-21)
11 "Make Assembly Line Robots, Seal Wine Bottles, Desalinate Sea Water" August 24, 2009 (2009-08-24)
12 "Design airplane parachutes, Create solar power, Make photochromic lenses" August 25, 2009 (2009-08-25)
13 "Blast Through Rock, Map Earth, Provide Flowers Year-Round" August 26, 2009 (2009-08-26)
14 "Work in 600-degree Heat, Make Champagne, Expand Ports" August 27, 2009 (2009-08-27)
15 "Manufacturing propellers, Intelligent cars, Turning metal into magnets" August 28, 2009 (2009-08-28)
16 "Large aquarium, Making sapphire, Bentlys" August 31, 2009 (2009-08-31)
17 "Traffic Control Systems, Mining Oil, Film Reconstruction." September 1, 2009 (2009-09-01)
18 "Batteries, Building an artificial island, Creating perfumes" September 2, 2009 (2009-09-02)
19 "Stainless steel, Making motorbikes, Making paper" September 3, 2009 (2009-09-03)
20 "Military helicopters, Metro systems, Engineering artificial reefs" September 4, 2009 (2009-09-04)

Special[edit]

Episodes 60 minutes long taken the best from series 3 and 4

# Features Date
1 "Fighter Jet, Moving Earth, Telescopes, Black Box, Space Shuttle" September 3, 2007 (2007-09-03)
2 "Extracting Copper, Empire State Building, Nuclear Sub, Rescue Services, Biggest Ships" September 4, 2007 (2007-09-04)

FIVE (UK) version[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Each episode is 30 minutes long and airs on terrestrial UK channel five. Each programme features 2 items from the original series with 1 new item filmed with presenter Robert Llewellyn. Llewellyn also presents links in between the original items.

# Features Date
1 "Excavators, London's sewers, Tyres" January 10, 2008 (2008-01-10)
2 "Salt mine, hovercraft, training shoes" January 17, 2008 (2008-01-17)
3 "Lightbulbs, demolition with explosives, giant cranes" January 24, 2008 (2008-01-24)
4 "Cold War Military Recycling, the perfect Martini, plasma TVs" January 31, 2008 (2008-01-31)
5 "Fibre Optics, Movements of Goods, zips" February 4, 2008 (2008-02-04)
6 "Fireworks, Limestone, Rail Tracks" February 11, 2008 (2008-02-11)
7 "Pencils, Pilot a Cargo Ship, Golfballs" February 18, 2008 (2008-02-18)
8 "Thames Barrier, Newspaper Recycling, Glassmaking" February 25, 2008 (2008-02-25)
9 "High Speed Racing Boat, Mobile Phones, Kugira" March 3, 2008 (2008-03-03)
10 "Recycling, Self Winding Watches, Flat Pack Tanker" March 10, 2008 (2008-03-10)

Series 2[edit]

# Features Date
1 "Mid-Air Refuelling, Skyscrapers, Tea" March 17, 2008 (2008-03-17)
2 "Airbags, Internet Shopping, Car Recycling" March 24, 2008 (2008-03-24)
3 "Ice Breaker Ships, Bells, Rubber Bands" March 31, 2008 (2008-03-31)
4 "Diamond Mines, Electricity from Coal, Ten-Pin Bowling" April 7, 2008 (2008-04-07)
5 "Wood Harvesting, Car Transportation, Confectionery" April 14, 2008 (2008-04-14)
6 "Resilient Banknotes, Art of Falconry, Largest Lorry" April 21, 2008 (2008-04-21)
7 "Armoured Car, Thames Cleaning, IKEA" April 28, 2008 (2008-04-28)
8 "Combine Harvester, Satellites, Crash Helmet" May 5, 2008 (2008-05-05)
9 "Gold Mining, Fire Resistant Materials, Skyscraper Lifts" May 12, 2008 (2008-05-12)
10 "Airbus 380, Pit Stops under 10 Seconds, Tomato Ketchup" May 19, 2008 (2008-05-19)

Series 3[edit]

# Features Date
1 "High-Speed Catamarans, Stunt Planes, Contact Lenses" October 9, 2008 (2008-10-09)
2 "Channel Tunnel, Escalators, Car Production" October 16, 2008 (2008-10-16)
3 "Aluminium Cans, Steam Locomotive, Golf Clubs" 23 October 2008 (2008-10-23)
4 "Tugboat, Water Drilling, Mountain Bike" October 30, 2008 (2008-10-30)
5 "Lancashire Fire Service, Traffic-Management, Gigantic Tunneling Machine" November 6, 2008 (2008-11-06)
6 "Marmite, Uncapsizable Lifeboat, Energy-Efficient Lightbulb" November 13, 2008 (2008-11-13)
7 "Steel Works, Recycling Rubbish into Compost, Wensleydale Cheese" November 20, 2008 (2008-11-20)
8 "Thames Water Ring, Wind Farm, Ice-Surfacing Machine" November 27, 2008 (2008-11-27)
9 "Heathrow Luggage, Golf Course, Printer Cartridges" December 4, 2008 (2008-12-04)
10 "American Fire Engines, Oil Refinery, Air Traffic Control" December 11, 2008 (2008-12-11)

Series 4[edit]

Series 4 does not feature a specially shot item with presenter Robert Llewellyn; instead this is a reversion of the Discovery Channel series 5 with filmed links presented by Robert between the items. This series was not made available on Five's online video site.

# Features Date
1 "Panama Canal, Waste Disposal" 16 August 2010 (2010-08-16)
2 "World's Strongest Knife, Diamonds, Bricks" 23 August 2010 (2010-08-23)
3 "Live pylon repairs, Floating Crane" 6 September 2010 (2010-09-06)
4 "Drinking Water, Television Screens, Luxury Cars" 13 September 2010 (2010-09-13)
5 "Overnight Parcel Delivery, Coal Mining" 20 September 2010 (2010-09-20)
6 "Tetra Pak, Pre-Fab Houses, Ambulances" 27 September 2010 (2010-09-27)
7 "Sat Nav, Aluminium Foil" 4 October 2010 (2010-10-04)
8 "Carpets, Lego" 11 October 2010 (2010-10-11)
9 "Container Ship Estelle Maersk, Peterbilt Trucks" 18 October 2010 (2010-10-18)
10 "Windshield Wipers, Space Shuttle, Binoculars" 20 October 2010 (2010-10-20)
11 "Transporting Oil Rigs, Electric Razors" 25 October 2010 (2010-10-25)
12 "Halogen Light Bulbs, Mufflers, Locks" 27 October 2010 (2010-10-27)
13 "Airbus, Chainsaws" 1 November 2010 (2010-11-01)
14 "Mirrors, Car Wrapping Labels" 8 November 2010 (2010-11-08)
15 "Jeans, Wine Glasses" 15 November 2010 (2010-11-15)
16 "Freeways Construction, Minting Coins" 22 November 2010 (2010-11-22)
17 "Railways, Ballpoint Pens" 29 November 2010 (2010-11-29)
18 "Hydroelectric Dam, Silicon Chips" 4 December 2010 (2010-12-04)
19 "Petrol, Swiss Army Knife" 13 December 2010 (2010-12-13)
20 "Weather Forecasting, Hovercrafts" 20 December 2010 (2010-12-20)

Series 5[edit]

Series 5 does not feature a specially shot item with presenter Robert Llewellyn; instead this is a reversion of the Discovery Channel series 6 with filmed links presented by Robert between the items. This series was not made available on Five's online video site.

# Features Date
1 "Blue Angels Airshows, Indoor Ski Slope, Sushi" 4 January 2011 (2011-01-04)
2 "Artificial Reefs, Earthquake-proof Buildings, Cars on Rocket Fuel" 10 January 2011 (2011-01-10)
3 "De-Ice Planes, Glossy Magazines, Electric Sports Car" 17 January 2011 (2011-01-17)
4 "De-Make Assembly Line Robots, Seal Wine Bottles, Desalinatize Sea Water" 20 January 2011 (2011-01-20)
5 "Design Airplane Parachutes, Create Solar Power, Make Photochromic Lenses" 24 January 2011 (2011-01-24)
6 "Cowboys Hats, Deep Sea Dive, Inflight Catering" 27 January 2011 (2011-01-27)
7 "Stainless steel, Making motorbikes, Making paper" 31 January 2011 (2011-01-31)
8 "Blast Through Rock, Map Earth, Provide Flowers Year-Round" 7 February 2011 (2011-02-07)
9 "Large aquarium, Making sapphire, Bentlys" 14 February 2011 (2011-02-14)
10 "Satellites, Ship Maintenance, Making stretched limos" 21 February 2011 (2011-02-21)
11 "Batteries, Building an artificial island, Creating perfumes" 28 February 2011 (2011-02-28)
12 "Jumbo Garage, Nuclear Power, Pianos" 7 March 2011 (2011-03-07)
13 "Produce Power from Waste, Customize Supercars, Super Steel Swords" 14 March 2011 (2011-03-14)
14 "Manufacturing propellers, Intelligent cars, Turning metal into magnets" 21 March 2011 (2011-03-21)
15 "Traffic Control Systems, Mining Oil, Film Reconstruction" 28 March 2011 (2011-03-28)
16 "Mega Hotels, Lasers, Desert Golf" 4 April 2011 (2011-04-04)
17 "Orange Juice, Bending Glass, Solid Rock" 11 April 2011 (2011-04-11)
18 "Work in 600-degree Heat, Make Champagne, Expand Ports" 18 April 2011 (2011-04-18)
19 "G Suits, Smart Grid, Vehicle Slowdown" 9 May 2011 (2011-05-09)
20 "Military helicopters, Metro systems, Engineering artificial reefs" 16 May 2011 (2011-05-16)

Science Channel[edit]

Season Unknown[edit]

Episodes in this group aired with 30-minute runtimes (including commercials).

# Features Date
1 "Leather Pouf Ottomans, The Grand Canal (China), FlyBoards" February 6, 2014 (2014-02-06)

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