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  • Episode 1: Aircraft

  • Explore how the world's biggest cargo aircraft, the Antonov 124, was made possible through a series of six historic engineering breakthroughs.

  • Episode 2: Dam

  • We study the technological advancements in the construction of the world's largest hydroelectric dam, the Three Gorges, in China.

  • Episode 3: Dome

  • Take a detailed look at the world's largest spanning dome in Japan that covers a sports stadium big enough to seat 43,000 spectators.

  • Episode 4: Oil Rig

  • The advanced technologies that have enabled the world's largest oil rig - the Perdido Spar in the Gulf of Mexico - to be built are being revealed.

  • Episode 5: Sky Wheel

  • Explore the Singapore Flyer, the tallest observation wheel on Earth that rises 165 meters into the sky and takes 1,260 passengers every hour.

  • Episode 6: Space Station

  • Exploring the wonders of space travel, this episode features the world’s biggest space station that orbits 200 miles above our heads.

  • Episode 7: Submarine

  • This episode explores the six critical innovations that needed to occur before the biggest submarine in the US Navy could be constructed.

  • Episode 8: Telescope

  • We explore the world's largest telescope - the Large Binocular Telescope - that allows astronomers to see ever deeper into space.

  • Episode 9: Tunnel

  • We reveal the incredible stories behind the world's longest tunnel that stretches 57 kilometers through the heart of the Swiss Alps.

  • Episode 10: Cruise Ship

  • This episode reveals the technological leaps that allowed the Independence of the Seas launch as the world’s biggest cruise ship in 2008.

About the Show

The race is on to become the world’s biggest. Crowned the biggest in their fields, structures like the 600-metre Burj Dubai skyscraper and the 99,000-ton USS Nimitz represent the most cutting-edge advances in architecture and engineering today. But these mind-blowing 21st century constructions would not be possible without the historical breakthroughs that propelled these fields to new heights.

This new four-part series Big, Bigger, Biggest examines the various engineering leaps that helped these structures become historical giants. How did bridges evolve in size from simple bamboo walkways to modern marvels such as Japan’s Akashi Bridge? And what advances have allowed buildings to grow from a few storeys in size to the modern skyscraper?

Skyscraper and Bridge examine the world’s tallest building, the 600-metre Burj Dubai, and Japan’s Akashi Bridge – the world’s longest suspension bridge – to identify hundreds of years of innovation that have made these structures possible. A masterpiece based on a century of shipbuilding advancements, Aircraft Carrier USS Nimitz is equipped with state-of-the-art catapults that launch F18 jets off the runway and two nuclear reactors that enable the ship to sail for 20 years without refuelling. London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 in Airport builds off seven other airports’ clever designs to bring the airport’s annual number of passengers up to 100 million and to shuffle 4,000 bags an hour through 18 kilometres of conveyor belt.


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