Discovery-owned Science Channel has set a February air date for the previously announced engineering series Richard Hammond’s BIG.
The Chimp Productions-made series will follow the Grand Tour presenter (pictured) as he travels the globe to explore the biggest structures and machines in the world and learn more about how engineers go about building, maintaining and implementing these designs.
The nine-episode series will follow Hammond as he lands in a new location with exclusive access to the architects, engineers and inventors that have built and utilize each superstructure on a daily basis.
Episodes will focus on such colossal engineering feats as the world’s largest car factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, where the Volkswagen car plant churns out a new car every 16 seconds; Austria’s Kölnbrein Dam, which encompasses dozens of tunnels and passageways hidden within; the Brenner Base Tunnel, a railway tunnel through the base of the Eastern Alps connecting Italy to Austria; and the Marie Maersk container ship, which sails from Asia to Europe carrying 18,000 containers.
Chimp’s Michael Massey serves as executive producer alongside series producer Andrew Barron. Science Channel’s Caroline Perez and Discovery’s Oliver Wilson also executive produce. The series was commissioned by Discovery’s Victoria Noble, VP of original content for factual.
Richard Hammond’s BIG premieres Feb. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Science Channel.
“I love making engineering shows because I’m fascinated by the science and people behind some truly amazing feats,” said Hammond in a statement. “Whether it’s a container ship a quarter of a mile long or the longest rail tunnel in the world 2km under the Alps, or a massive hydroelectric dam, or an oil platform – once you get to a giant scale, how does that change how it works? And what is it like to live and work with?”