Man vs. Viral

Man vs. Viral

Synopsis

The internet is littered with short videos showing amateurs around the world achieving unbelievable, thrilling, funny or downright dangerous stunts. These clips show incredible feats of bravery and skill or plain, old idiocy filmed on camera phones by friends and posted online for our entertainment and amusement. Engineer Tim Shaw lives to build, construct and invent. He wants to uncover the truth behind these clips.

Episodes

Season 1
  • Leaf-Blower Swivel Chair

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    Using Tim Shaws engineering skills and Buddy Munros gutsy physicality the duo take on the chaotic forces of a jet-powered rodeo ride. Determined to be the best in the business they build a world beating, twin-engined swivel chair, and they try and find out if a German Soccer squad executed a mind-boggling trick shot at motorway speeds, or if its team conspiracy to perpetrate an elaborate Internet hoax.

  • Tower Block Swing

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    Tim Shaws ingenuity is put to the test by a pioneering steerable hover-board. The pair go after maximum free-fall with a complex rope-rig on a fifteen-story tower block. To settle an argument about physics the pair go shopping for second-hand furniture and take on the complexities of barstool water-skiing.

  • Car Ferry Water Ski

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    The Caucasus Mountains see Tim Shaw and his guinea-pig stuntman Buddy Munro try out shovel sledging, in the green and pleasant hills of England's South Downs Tim puts Buddy in a spin with a ride in souped-up tractor tyre. And on the Black Sea the pair take on the dangers of aerated water when they try water-skiing behind a high-speed ferry.

  • Buddy V. Train

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    The Krkonose Mountains in Czechoslovakia sees Tim Shaw and his guinea-pig stuntman Buddy Munro attempt to ski uphill using jet power. In Munich's busy U-Bahn transit system Tim pits Buddy against a commuter train in a race between two stations. And in Somerset's Mendip Hills they attempt to launch a homemade and extremely unique girandole firework that creates a complex helix smoke trail.

  • Wing Tennis

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    An airfield outside Berlin in Germany sees Tim Shaw and his guinea-pig stuntman Buddy Munro try to play tennis on the wings of an unusual 1940’s biplane, whilst airborne. In North West England the pair brings in a trio of fire engines as they attempt to get Buddy to hover in mid-air on a water-jet powered platform. On the banks of a picturesque lake in Wales the pair have low friction fun trying to create the ultimate Slip N’ Slide using a powerful v8 winch.

  • Vacuum Cleaner Spiderman

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    In an unfinished underground theatre in Central London, Buddy is literally climbing the walls as he puts Tim's Spiderman Vacuum Cleaner Climbing kit to the test. A workshop in Hereford sees the pair construct a 1000 litre cola bottle in their attempt to create a 10 metre high soda fountain, and at an industrial complex just outside Birmingham Buddy's strength and flexibility is taken to breaking point as he tries to ride on a pair of forklift trucks, as he does the splits.