Historian: James Strawbridge
Engineer: Jim Milner
IWC Media for UKTV History, 11 to 15 December 2006 (5 episodes)
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.
The show is actually made in widescreen but (as of 2008) doesn't seem to have been broadcast on a widescreen channel yet, so thus far it's only been seen in 4:3 cutout (not even 14:9).