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James May's Man Lab

All Episodes 2011 - 2013

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  • Ended
  • BBC Two
  • 2010-11-01T05:00:00+08:00
  • 60 mins
  • 12 hours, 3 mins (13 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary
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James May's Man Lab sees James attempting redeem the reputation of the modern man by teaching them skills that were cherished by their forefathers.
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14 episodes

Special 1 Christmas Special

  • 2011-12-19T05:00:00+08:00 — 60 mins

In this Christmas special James and the team try to create their own Christmas miracle, by making it snow. Oz Clarke is dispatched in a small plane armed with a salt shaker to see if cloud seeding really will produce the desired effect. Back in the Man Lab, James invents a Christmas tree decorating blunderbuss gun, he discovers the easiest way to wrap presents and he attempts to transform the tired Christmas cracker by making his own with shocking results. Along with a military planned Christmas dinner preparation campaign, this is the one Christmas show no man can afford to miss.

1x01 Defuse an Unexploded Bomb

  • Series Premiere

    2010-11-01T05:00:00+08:00 — 52 mins

The first of a new series that sees James May on a mission to save modern man - from themselves. From his Man Lab HQ, James and his team set out on a series of action-packed challenges that will help modern man relearn some of the vital skills, once cherished by his forefathers, that are now in danger of being lost forever. In this episode, we learn how to defuse an unexploded bomb, build a kitchen out of concrete, how to serenade a woman, transform a fishfinger sandwich, and create the world's first motorised picnic table.

1x02 Navigate the Seas

  • 2010-11-08T05:00:00+08:00 — 52 mins

James navigates the high seas the old-fashioned way - instead of SatNav, he must avoid sand banks and shipping lanes using only a compass and a dog as navigational tools. Plus, James engages in a duel over a parking space, starts an orchestra and builds a pub. And in Celebrity Man Skills, John Sergeant changes a tyre.

1x03 Man Lab Orchestra

  • 2010-11-15T05:00:00+08:00 — 52 mins

Outnumbered star Hugh Dennis takes on a wallpapering challenge, the Man Lab orchestra prepares for its debut concert at famous London church St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the experts build their own cinema, complete with popcorn and a Wurlitzer organ. The team also constructs a sky rocket, two men settle a 25-year-old quarrel by duelling with sabres, and James uses modern technology to help a man on a first date. Last in the series.

2x01 Prison Breakout

  • Season Premiere

    2011-10-26T04:00:00+08:00 — 52 mins

James and Oz Clarke break out of Dartmoor Prison, evade a team of trackers and navigate their way across moors using only a map and compass in their latest attempt to re-skill the modern male. James tests his own abilities further as he takes on what he feels is the most threatening challenge facing men today - remembering names at a dinner party.

2x02 Reunite a Teenage Rock Band

  • 2011-11-02T05:00:00+08:00 — 52 mins

James May returns for a new action-packed series, as he continues his epic quest to re-skill the modern male. This programme sees James and the team reunite a teenage rock band, now middle-aged, and gets them to play their first concert in 20 years - in front of 5,000 unsuspecting festival goers. James also demonstrates his own axe skills as he fells a tree, makes toilet paper out of Richard Hammond's autobiography and learns how to tame his fears by going on a good old-fashioned ghost hunt in one of Britain's most haunted castles.

James May takes to the catwalk to liberate men from the tyranny of fashion and promote the one item of clothing they'll ever need - a cunningly modified boiler suit. He also does his bit for the British space project by sending the ashes of a cat and a budgie 100,000 feet into the stratosphere, re-forms some impractical kitchen items into the perfect lemon squeezer in his very own foundry, and teaches Man Lab's musically-challenged males how to cheat at playing the guitar.

2x04 Take a Penalty and Score

  • 2011-11-16T05:00:00+08:00 — 59 mins

James May attempts to prove the impossible - that an Englishman can take a penalty and score. He will need to keep a cool head as he'll be taking the penalty in front of 20,000 baying German fans on the exact spot where England were knocked out of the 2006 World Cup. Plus, James reinstates an ancient ferry crossing by building a boat from little more than bendy sticks, creates an indoor garden in the ultimate brown field site - the toilet, and builds the world's first multi-functional Swiss Army Bike.

2x05 James shows how to cook christmas dinner

  • 2011-12-18T08:00:00+08:00 — 60 mins

In this Christmas special James and the team try to create their own Christmas miracle, by making it snow. Oz Clarke is dispatched in a small plane armed with a salt shaker to see if cloud seeding really will produce the desired effect. Back in the Man Lab, James invents a Christmas tree decorating blunderbuss gun, he discovers the easiest way to wrap presents and he attempts to transform the tired Christmas cracker by making his own with shocking results. Along with a military planned Christmas dinner preparation campaign, this is the one Christmas show no man can afford to miss.

3x01 The Grand National

  • Season Premiere

    2013-03-29T05:00:00+08:00 — 58 mins

James prepares to commentate live on the Grand National, builds a one tonne pizza oven and helps his helpless sidekick Rory convince a group of experts that he is the BBC's newest wine expert via an earpiece from a van parked outside.

3x02 How to Capture Lightning

  • 2013-04-05T04:00:00+08:00 — 59 mins

James attempt to catch a bolt of lightning, enters the Rock Paper Scissors World Championships, creates a neighbourhood watch team made up of cats and makes a bar of soap which involves some dangerous chemistry and a trip to the local coal mine.

3x03 Bunned Aid

  • 2013-04-12T04:00:00+08:00 — 59 mins

James helps an Oxfordshire town save their diamond jubilee celebration using ballistics and hot cross buns. James challenges Sim to the most dramatic drinking game you will ever see. James and the team to build a water clock and create a coat that doubles up as a bed.

3x04 How to Find Lost Things

  • 2013-04-19T04:00:00+08:00 — 58 mins

James May goes in search of a wedding ring lost in the 1970s. The team also launches its own pirate radio station and there are a couple of amazing inventions on offer too.

3x05 How to Run a Whelk Stand

  • 2013-04-26T04:00:00+08:00 — 58 mins

James May continues his epic quest to re-skill the modern male. He attempts Man Lab's most risky stunt to date, which involves an ailing seaside town and a great big monster.

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