Massive Machines

Massive Machines

2005 - 2006, Motorsport
Chris Barrie explores the technology and history behind various machines.

Episode Guide

  • Massive Machines - Boats (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:


    Chris Barrie discovers how to tow a 100,000-ton oil tanker safely into harbor; working boats like tugs are massive machines with powerful engines that keep all on the water safe at sea.

  • Massive Machines - Farm Machines (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Farm Machines

    Chris Barrie explores the technology, history and know-how behind the massive farm machines that plough, sow and harvest to feed the world.

  • Massive Machines - Cranes (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:


    Chris Barrie charts the rise of the crane from early devices to the largest, most powerful and most versatile - and tries to operate a variety.

  • Massive Machines - Tanks (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:


    Archival footage documents tanks in action from WWI to Desert Storm, with a look at the formidable Future Combat Systems program.

  • Massive Machines - Electric Trains (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Electric Trains

    Chris Barrie, with his infectious enthusiasm, explores the technology, history and know-how behind electric trains.

  • Massive Machines - Cargo Planes (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Cargo Planes

    Chris Barrie explores the extremes of airplane lifting power and celebrates his favorite plane and its success with a commemorative D-Day parachute jump.

  • Massive Machines - Submarines (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:


    Chris Barrie explores the technology, history and know-how behind submarines.

  • Massive Machines - Helicopters (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:


    Exploring the technology, history and know-how behind helicopters; Chris takes on the challenge of learning to hover a helicopter.

  • Massive Machines - Bombers (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:


    Chris takes a flight in one of the world's first purpose-built bombers and demonstrates how the bouncing bomb worked, recreating a dam-busting run.

  • Massive Machines - Amphibians (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    Comedy actor Chris Barrie explores the technology, history and know-how behind various amphibians, including the Duck, the Hovercraft and the M3.