Richard Hammond will present a new Channel 4 series in which tech enthusiasts will compete to build the most ingenious contraptions using only everyday objects.
In the seven-part series, titled Richard Hammond’s Crazy Contraptions, teams will compete to build their own chain reaction machines – mechanisms made from everyday materials that perform basic household tasks in the most intricate of ways.
The show will also use the builds to “explore the necessary fundamental science and engineering principles in a fun, engaging, and open-ended way.”
Each week, participants are challenged to design, build and present a new construction within four days.
You will also be assisted by Zach Umperovitch, a leading world authority on chain reaction machines, who will explain the scientific principles involved.
Teams are judged on their ingenuity, design, and build quality as they compete to be crowned champions at the end of the series.
Hammond said: “As soon as the idea was explained to me, I was hooked. I actually tried to build my own chain reaction machine during lockdown – it didn’t end well!
“However, my failed attempt made me appreciate the talent, creativity and determination of our teams.
I am convinced that the series will be a great watch for the whole family, which not only offers completely unconventional entertainment, but also presents science and technology in a fun and accessible wayRichard Hammond
“However, between the triumphs there were also many spectacular failures and catastrophes.
“I am convinced that the series will be a great watch for the whole family that not only offers completely unconventional entertainment, but also presents science and technology in a fun and accessible way.”
The 52-year-old has hosted many shows throughout his career, including co-hosting BBC Two’s ‘Top Gear’ and Amazon Studios’ ‘The Grand Tour’ with Jeremy Clarkson and James May.
The show’s executive producer, Dom Bowles, said: “We were blown away by the enthusiasm, creativity and skill of the teams who produced machines that left us speechless at times.
“Richard Hammond, with his love of all things mechanical, was a natural choice to host. Richard throws his heart into the project and has enjoyed a fantastic relationship with both the teams and our onscreen expert, Zach Umperovitch.
Chain reaction machines have taken social media by storm and Crazy Contraptions offers contestants the unique experience of showcasing their own inventiveness and technical skills in a fun and creative environmentJonah Weston, Editor of Channel 4
“I just hope viewers enjoy watching the show as much as we enjoyed making it.”
Channel 4 editor-in-chief Jonah Weston remarked that it would be a science program “like no other” as it would highlight “genuine ingenuity” and “technical skill”.
He added: “Chain reaction machines have taken social media by storm and Crazy Contraptions offers participants a unique experience of being able to showcase their own inventiveness and technical skills in a fun and creative environment.”
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