Big, Bigger, Biggest

George F. Mobley?NGSGeorge F. Mobley NGS
Big, Bigger, Biggest

Synopsis

In a second season of the CGI-driven series, Big, Bigger, Biggest reveals the inventions that enabled structures such as Submarines, Aircraft, Cruise Ships, Dams, Tunnels, Oil Rigs, Observation Wheels, Telescopes, Space Stations and Domes to grow in size and scale.

Episodes

  • Canal Zone

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    THROUGH THE RAINFORESTS OF CENTRAL AMERICA STRETCHES ONE OF THE BIGGEST MANMADE MARVELS ON THE PLANET, THE PANAMA CANAL. A COLOSSAL ENGINEERING PROJECT AIMS TO DOUBLE THE CANAL'S CAPACITY, ALMOST A CENTURY AFTER IT WAS INAUGURATED. THE PANAMA CANAL OWES ITS SUCCESS TO FOUR KEY INVENTIONS FOUND IN A SERIES OF LANDMARK CANALS. AT THE HEART OF EACH LIES A MAJOR TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGH THAT ALLOWS EVER BIGGER SHIPS TO NAVIGATE LANDLOCKED AREAS. ONE BY ONE TRAVELLING UP THE SCALE, WE'LL REVEAL THE INCREDIBLE STORIES BEHIND THESE STRUCTURES, AND THE INVENTIONS THAT ALLOWED EACH ONE TO CARRY TONNES MORE CARGO THAN THE LAST -- FOUR INGENIOUS LEAPS...

  • Icebreaker

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    Weighing in at over 93 thousand tonnes, the Timofey Guzhenko is by far the biggest icebreaking ship to operate in the Arctic Ocean. It can smash through solid ice a metre and a half thick and pulverise blocks of ice the size of a car with its huge propellers. This film explores icebreaking ship technology through four historic engineering breakthroughs. The film explores the inner workings of landmark icebreakers, including the world's first icebreaker, the German Eisbrecher 1 and the powerful nuclear powered Soviet icebreaker, the Lenin. Each features a major technological innovation that allowed engineers to build bigger icebreakers. Using stunning...

  • Metro

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    Every morning over four million people descend into a vast network of tunnels beneath the city: The London Underground, also known as: The Tube. It's the biggest metro system in the Western world and a true masterpiece of subterranean construction. The Tube owes its success to four key inventions found in a series of landmark metros. At the heart of each lies a major breakthrough that allowed metros to tunnel ever further under our cities. One by one, travelling up the scale, we'll reveal the incredible stories behind these structures, and the inventions that made each network bigger than the last. Four ingenious leaps forward, from big, to bigger,...

  • Prison

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    Holding over 1400 of America's most dangerous prisoners, the North Branch Correctional Institution is one of the most secure prisons in the world. Over two thirds of the men at the prison have killed and most dream of escape. They are locked up in cells able to withstand bomb blasts and the prison is brimming with technology designed to keep them safe from each other. This film explores how the prison was made possible through a series of four historic engineering breakthroughs. The film explores the inner workings of four landmark prisons, including the formidable Tower of London and infamous Alcatraz Island. Each features a major technological...

  • Tower

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    Rising 610 metres tall, the Canton Tower is the tallest television tower in the world. It's required great leaps in technology to be built. In this film we explore the key historic towers that made these engineering breakthroughs. Using stunning CGI animation, we reveal the incredible stories behind the Washington Monument, the Eiffel Tower, Canada's CN Tower and the record-breaking Canton Tower, and the innovations that have enabled towers to grow in size. Four ingenious leaps forward that enabled towers to evolve …from BIG to BIGGER into the world's BIGGEST."

  • Train

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    The French 'Train à Grande Vitesse', known as the TGV regularly reaches speeds exceeding 300 kilometers per hour. In special tests the train has been pushed to 575 kilometers per hour making it the fastest on earth. This film explores how the TGV was made possible through a series of four historic engineering breakthroughs. The film explores the inner workings of four iconic trains, including Stephenson's record breaking Rocket and Japan's revolutionary Bullet Train. Each features a major technological innovation that allowed engineers to build faster and faster trains. The film explores the development of powerful engines, aerodynamic design...