Beat The Ancestors (6 x ) – Sees a team of modern day engineers set a double challenge: rebuilding some of history’s most impressive machines, and seeing if they can use their twenty-first century know-how to improve them. As they get to work on a Byzantine Fire Boat, a Roman War Machine, a Medieval Machine Gun, the First Fire Engine, a Gothic Megacrane and Churchill’s Rocket Parachute, ancient genius will be revealed and modern ingenuity tested. We may think we’re the smartest generation to have lived. But once the playing field is levelled, and past faces present in a head-to-head contest, who will triumph?
Engineer Dick Strawbridge (MBE) presents the series, and acts as ringmaster at Build HQ. Once he’s got the team underway, he’ll use spectacular CGI to explode and explore the original machines, and travel the country to reveal how they changed history. Meanwhile, our engineers will grapple with historical blueprints, original building materials, and whatever modern insights they can bring to the challenges set. At the end of three days, the new machines will be put through a series of exacting tests. Will the team have been able to match their forefathers’ skill? Will their improvements have taken these already-impressive inventions to the next level? Or will they be left humiliated and humbled, with a new respect for the generations who’ve got us to where we are today?
Channel: Channel 5
Producer: Dragonfly / Group M Entertainment
Source: Channel 5 press release