James May: The Reassembler


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Jul 28, 2008
It's on BBC4, 4th to 6th April, 9pm.



BBC Four today announces that James May will fix things in a workshop, over three programmes, for James May: The Reassembler.

When we look around our homes, sheds and garages we see an array of household objects that with one click of a button or twist of a knob will spring to life, and - most of the time - do exactly what we want them to. But how on earth do these objects work?

To find out, James May (fuelled by endless cups of tea) heads into his workshop with thousands of little pieces to assemble some of our most beloved and recognisable objects from scratch to see what it actually takes to get them to work.

James May says: ?Any idiot can take things to bits, putting them back together again is what counts. I recently bought a new house, with a lawn. I even have a lawn mower. Unfortunately, it?s in bits. You can probably see where this is going.?

Cassian Harrison, Channel Editor, BBC Four, says: ?At BBC Four we love to celebrate passion and expertise, and we also like to take the time to do things properly. What could be better than giving James May the time to really get to grips with three fabulous everyday engineering icons, and to celebrate every rivet and ratchet on the way.?

Over three episodes stripped over three nights, James will reassemble a whole host of objects which have been carefully taken apart to all their hundreds of individual component parts. From a petrol-powered lawn mower to an electric guitar and an old-style rotary dial telephone, each episode will focus on one object which he will attempt to put back together.

In his workshop he will be faced with the object laid out in all its individual parts, where he will have to work out how to piece it back together, until eventually it is in its full form. In James? meticulous, fastidious, but ultimately very slow way, he will vigilantly screw every screw and tighten every bolt to rebuild the object, in the hope that it will start first time!

He will revel in the challenge, enjoying every second of it as he shares his memories of the object and his love for it and delivers, in his unique way, a potted history on the thing he is rebuilding and the component parts. If you really want to understand what something is then you have to understand how it works and what makes it work - James is the man to find out, one bolt at a time.

A 3x30? series made by Plum Pictures for BBC Four. The executive producer for Plum Pictures is Will Daws. James May: The Reassembler was commissioned by Tom McDonald, BBC Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual Formats and Lucinda Axelsson, BBC Commissioning Executive, Specialist Factual Formats.
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Ah! Well done!

I was looking for the wrong name, must have misheard it.


I saw a teaser trailer on BBC Four last night for a new show from James May.

It only lasted about 15s and is to be called something like the Recostructor.

It very briefly showed JM rebuilding a Fender electric guitar and looks like a "bloke in a shed" type show.

Anyone heard anyting about this? :?

There is nothing on Google search yet, so I haven't started a new thread as I'm not sure about the title, content and show dates.

Note: BBC Four generally show these initial teasers three or four weeks before show date, without the confirmed date as the schedules may not be fully fixed.
Well this will be... enlightening. I can't quite go with interesting yet.

Can we bring our own dismantled stuff and sit in front of the telly trying to put it together with him. What happens when we slice ourselves open and have to go to stem the bleeding though? :|
possibly because "Reassembled" does not imply it is "fixed" :lol:

Actually that would also assume that only broken things are disassembled and we all know that's not true. They may become broken during the disassembly though...
Looks to be an awesome program, will definitely watch it!
I need a CHM fix, this looks right up my street, but I can't get bbc 4....digital TV here has channels in Italian, Turkish and fucking Polish, but not BBC 4.... :rolleyes:
He really ought to shave. If you met that face in the street you'd offer it a couple of quid for a sandwich and a cup of tea.
That's the best AMA ever. Hs's a legend.
He should make some more programs about drinking with Oz Clarke, those programs were ace!
New house? I knew where his old one was -- does anyone know where his new one is?
Someone on reddit asked if he'd make more programs with Oz. James's response: "I don't know if he's still alive. I'll check and get back to you."
Tell you what -- let's *NOT* find out. Man's entitled to privacy off-camera, don'tcha think?

You're presuming I want to go and jump over his fence and knock on his door. I just want to know where in general it is -- still in London? Somewhere else? We have long known where all three have lived over the past several years....