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  • BREAKING UP THE BIGGEST

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Hard hats on and wrecking balls at the ready for the smashing premiere of Breaking Up the Biggest, Wednesdays at 9pm from 1st December. These new episodes bring you some of the most dramatic demolition jobs in history. From fighter jets to diesel trains, no job is too big for these salvage experts - backed up by an awesome array of concrete-crunching, steel-snapping, iron-mangling machinery.

Maximum security
It may have been built with tight security in mind, but with redevelopment planned for the area, Riverfront State Prison in Camden, New Jersey has itself become a dead man walking. Salvage crews are called to the emptied jail to execute an 18-acre [a 7-hectare] breakdown operation where they have to remove a potentially deadly substance.

Phantom Jet
Safety is paramount in every wrecking job especially when the job at hand is on an F-4 Phantom which comes equipped with a Vulcan cannon, live rockets and twin turbojet engines. With flammable jet fuel also part of the package, the salvage experts face one of their most delicate operations yet.

Yankee Stadium
Home to the New York Yankees for more than eight decades, host to 37 World Series and a Mecca for baseball fans worldwide: they don't come much more iconic than Yankee Stadium. Taking care to preserve as much valuable memorabilia as possible, the salvage crews set about dismantling the Bronx-based baseball shrine piece by piece.

Locomotive
After 50 long years riding the rails, it's finally the end of the track for one trusty old GP9 locomotive. Working to a tight eight-week schedule, can the breakdown crews manage to tear this old engine apart and salvage an ultra-modern, low-emission National Railway N-ViroMotive from the wreckage?

Danger Bridge
Irreparably damaged by floods in 2009, the Piacenza Bridge across the Po River needs taking down and fast. Faced with rising water levels, fierce currents and a tough 90% recycling mandate, Italian deconstruction experts Despe Demolizioni Speciali attempt to bring it down without even setting foot on its increasingly unstable structure.

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