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James May’s 20th Century

Series Description

“A gleeful bombardment of boyish whizz-bangs” —The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.)

Top Gear’s James May revisits the 20th century to discover how inventors and their innovations changed the way we live today. With his trademark combination of inquisitiveness, insight, and wit, he shows how new technologies have revolutionized every aspect of our lives—how we made the world smaller, conquered space, improved our bodies, modernized warfare, built our cities, and created the teenager. In this engaging and entertaining six-part series, May travels from continent to continent, as well as back in time, to learn how we enhanced the world around us and improved ourselves.

Bonus program: James May’s Big Ideas (180 min.) explores the future of technology, from flying cars to lifelike robots.


About the Host

Television presenter, journalist, and author James May is best known for his role on the BBC’s international phenomenon Top Gear. May has presented documentaries on a variety of subjects, including James May’s Toy Stories and James May on the Moon.