How Do They Do It?
As the modern world becomes progressively automated and mechanised, it’s easy to grow further removed from the way things are made and how things are done. This series returns to uncover the miraculous feats of engineering which underpin life in the 21st century.

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  • {S}13.{E}01: Baklavas, Gyroplanes, Ukuleles

    S13.E01: Baklavas, Gyroplanes, Ukuleles

    How do they make delicious baklava, favourite sweet of the Ottomans, James Bond's gyroplane, the ukulele, and the Supercat- the world's fastest ferry?
    Duration: 21 Min
  • {S}13.{E}02: Longboards, Lemonade, And Forklifts

    S13.E02: Longboards, Lemonade, And Forklifts

    How do they carve the extended skateboard known as a longboards, turn millions of lemons into juice, and build industry's versatile heavy lifter, the forklift truck?
    Duration: 21 Min
  • {S}13.{E}03: Coffee, Bricks, Lava Lamps

    S13.E03: Coffee, Bricks, Lava Lamps

    How do they roast the coffee that wakes up Italy, bake the bricks that build America, heat the oil that fills lava lamps, and blast diamonds from a frozen volcano?
    Duration: 21 Min
  • {S}13.{E}04: Cameras, Big Airbags, Jelly Beans

    S13.E04: Cameras, Big Airbags, Jelly Beans

    How do they take the world's sharpest photos, stitch an airbag that can catch a falling car, and produce billions of perfectly-formed jelly beans?
    Duration: 21 Min
  • {S}13.{E}05: Caravans, Tuning Forks

    S13.E05: Caravans, Tuning Forks

    How do they build a caravan, forge tuning forks, resurface an ice rink, and put on the world's biggest light festival?
    Duration: 21 Min
  • {S}13.{E}06: Vinyl Records, Bumper Cars

    S13.E06: Vinyl Records, Bumper Cars

    How do they make the groovy vinyl LP? How do they build the world's most crashed car, the dodgem? How do they create one of the world's oldest pain remedies, tiger balm?
    Duration: 22 Min
  • {S}13.{E}07: Non-Alcoholic Beer, Tomcars

    S13.E07: Non-Alcoholic Beer, Tomcars

    How do they brew a beer that won't make you drunk? How do they build a car that flies over rocks and boulders? How do they make escalators? How do lie detectors work?
    Duration: 21 Min
  • {S}13.{E}08: Axes, Messenger Bags, Rescue Boats

    S13.E08: Axes, Messenger Bags, Rescue Boats

    How do they forge the axe? How do they put together a courier's messenger bag, and how are the fastest lifeboats built?
    Duration: 21 Min
  • {S}13.{E}09: Wensleydale Cheese, Paintbrushes

    S13.E09: Wensleydale Cheese, Paintbrushes

    How do they churn out Wensleydale cheese, turn pig hair into the world's finest paintbrushes, and distil aromatic oils from the koala's favourite food, eucalyptus?
    Duration: 21 Min
  • {S}13.{E}10: The Tesla Model S, Horsehair Fabrics

    S13.E10: The Tesla Model S, Horsehair Fabrics

    How do they build the world's fastest electric car, turn horses' tails into fine fabrics, and clean the largest swimming pools in the world?
    Duration: 21 Min
  • {S}13.{E}11: Snails, Cutlery, And Fishing Kayaks

    S13.E11: Snails, Cutlery, And Fishing Kayaks

    How do they feed France's appetite for snails, turn slabs of steel into shiny cutlery, and craft a kayak you can paddle with your feet?
    Duration: 21 Min
  • {S}13.{E}12: Emergency Bridges, Marker Pens

    S13.E12: Emergency Bridges, Marker Pens

    How do they build emergency bridges that can take the weight of a tank, make a marker pen that never fades, and design a 200 mph superbike?
    Duration: 21 Min
  • {S}13.{E}13: Crystal Glass, Flat Screen TVs

    S13.E13: Crystal Glass, Flat Screen TVs

    How do they blow the world's finest crystal, make the slimmest TVs, heat the deepest swimming pool, and fill a million bottles a day of the world's favourite ketchup?
    Duration: 22 Min
  • {S}13.{E}14: Pulverizers, Bomber Jackets

    S13.E14: Pulverizers, Bomber Jackets

    How do they forge a set of jaws that can chomp through concrete and demolish tower blocks, stitch the historic airman's bomber, and brew the oldest beer in the Western World?
    Duration: 22 Min
  • {S}13.{E}15: Sydney Opera House, Handsaws

    S13.E15: Sydney Opera House, Handsaws

    How do they cool Sydney Opera House, turn Sheffield steel into a carpenter's handsaw, make a microphone that can pick up a whisper, and steer a safe course through a frozen river?
    Duration: 21 Min
  • {S}13.{E}16: Moonshine, Electric Bikes, Wetsuits

    S13.E16: Moonshine, Electric Bikes, Wetsuits

    How do they brew moonshine in the heart of New York City, make a battery powered bicycle, and grow the rubber for wetsuits in the Arizona desert?
    Duration: 21 Min
  • {S}13.{E}17: Gemstones, Cowboy Boots

    S13.E17: Gemstones, Cowboy Boots

    How do they mine one of the rarest gemstones in the world, craft the classic cowboy boot, and build a monster road sweeper that can pick up 7 tonnes of trash?
    Duration: 21 Min
  • {S}13.{E}18: Duvets, Drill Pipes, Rubber Bands

    S13.E18: Duvets, Drill Pipes, Rubber Bands

    How do they make the world's softest duvets, drill for oil thousands of metres below ground, and put the stretch in the world's stretchiest rubber bands?
    Duration: 21 Min
  • {S}13.{E}19: Aircraft Engines, Fisherman’s Friend

    S13.E19: Aircraft Engines, Fisherman’s Friend

    How do they build a diesel engine that can fly, make cough sweets, turn clear plastic into unforgeable bank notes, and whip up the world's favourite ice cream flavours?
    Duration: 22 Min
  • {S}13.{E}20: Armored Cars, Christmas Trees

    S13.E20: Armored Cars, Christmas Trees

    How do they turn a family car into a fortress on wheels, grow millions of perfect Christmas trees and hammer out the world's finest cymbals?
    Duration: 21 Min