James May's Toy Stories


Motorcycle Diary

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In this Toy Stories special James puts Meccano to the ultimate test and thrusts it into the world of speed, skill and endurance. Accompanied by faithful engineer Sim and the rest of the Toy Stories team, James ventures to try and build the world's first motorbike built and powered out of Meccano. The ultimate test will send James and his trusty co-pilot Oz Clarke on the adventure of a lifetime: a circumnavigation of the 38 mile TT course that circles the entire island. The attempt will take pla...
Episodes 2014

Flight Club

Expired 3.0 92 x
James May gets to the heart of the nation's childhood love affair with the model plane and sets out to achieve what seems an impossible dream: the first cross channel flight ever achieved by an engineless, homemade supersized toy. If it survives the perilous 22 mile journey, James's classic toy glider, lovingly built from over 1,000 pieces of balsa, will smash the British distance record.Throughout James is beset by a series of dramatic problems requiring inspired solutions, near disaster and b...

S1 Ep6 - Lego

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Lego - James May continues his quest to show what is possible with old-fashioned toys by using them on a scale never seen before. In one of his biggest challenges yet, James attempts to build a full-size house out of Lego. With thousands of people and over three million Lego bricks, this will be a huge test. Such an ambitious undertaking is not without its problems, and James soon has planning and structural issues to face. (From the UK) (Entertainment Series) (Final) (Rpt) G CC

January 15, 2014

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Having tasted defeat in a previous series, James May makes a new attempt to run a Hornby model railway 16 kilometres between two Devon towns. The last attempt saw no trains reach their destination and James's cherished childhood toy, the Flying Scotsman, fail to even make it out of the car park. This time the feat is bigger than ever before, as James challenges the owners of the world's largest toy railway museum to a race along the track. (From the UK) (Entertainment) (Rpt) G CC

S1 Ep5 - Hornby

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Hornby - James May continues his quest to show what is possible with old-fashioned toys by using them on a scale never seen before. Tonight he attempts to build the longest ever model railway track - a whopping 16 kilometres long. He builds it in Devon, linking two towns, Barnstaple and Bideford, which last had a train service over forty years ago. (From the UK) (Entertainment Series) (Part 5 of 6) (Rpt) G CC
Episodes 2013

S1 Ep4 - Scalextric

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Scalextric - James May and 350 volunteers build a world record beating Scalextric track on what was the world's first racetrack - Brooklands in Surrey, England. The new circuit, following the same route, now has to go through a housing estate, over two access roads, navigate through an office block, several car parks, four-metre high fences and hedges. (From the UK) (Entertainment Series) (Part 4 of 6) (Rpt) G CC

S1 Ep3 - Meccano

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Meccano - James May and his family of helpers build a life-size bridge made entirely of Meccano - a world first. Once James has found a river to build his bridge over and a design to follow, it takes two months to painstakingly piece together this huge feat of engineering. With the help of a group of engineering undergraduates, James uses 100,000 standard Meccano one centimetre wide steel bars, nuts and bolts to achieve his extraordinary model. (From the UK) (Entertainment Series) (Part 3 of 6)...

S1 Ep2 - Plasticine

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Plasticine - James May tries to make a garden entirely out of Plasticine and enter it into the Chelsea Flower Show. He persuades thousands of members of the British public to help make the thousands of Plasticine flowers he needs, but will the guardians of the world's most prestigious horticultural event let him enter a garden with no real flowers in it? (From the UK) (Entertainment Series) (Part 2 of 6) (Rpt) PG CC

S1 Ep1 - Airfix

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Airfix - James May is out to prove why traditional, old fashioned toys are still relevant today when he pushes them to the limit in spectacular, supersize challenges. From full-size Lego houses to bridges made completely of Meccano, he shows what they are capable of. In the first episode, James takes his model aeroplanes to a new level when he tries to make a full-size Spitfire out of Airfix. (From the UK) (Entertainment Series) (Part 1 of 6) (Rpt) G CC