The Re-Inventors



Dick Strawbridge


Historian: James Strawbridge

Engineer: Jim Milner


IWC Media for UKTV History, 11 to 15 December 2006 (5 episodes)


Scrapheap Challenge meets Challenge Anneka, only without a scrapheap and without Anneka. So it's Challenge Challenge, basically.

Father and son team Dick and James Strawbridge are given two days to scavenge materials and build a machine capable of taking on an historical original at a given task. Dick's explanations of how the machines work are clear and comprehensible even by engineering ignoramuses like ourselves, there's a good old dose of historical infomation to satisfy the Antiques Roadshow crowd, and - although this aspect is slightly thrown away - it's really rather exciting to see genuine old machines doing what they were made to do rather than just sitting inert in a museum.

You don't expect an original game show commission from a channel like UKTV History (which usually specialises in back-to-back episodes of The World at War and suchlike) but if you like build-a-machine shows, and don't mind Colonel Dick, this ain't bad.


Produced by sometime Endurance UK co-host Stephen Taylor Woodrow

See also

Beat the Ancestors


Image:Reinventors James and Dick Strawbridge.jpgPast masters James and Dick


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