The Mechannibals

The Mechannibals

Tools Doug writes “Caught this program on BBC2 in the UK last night, unfortunately information is scarce on the web “two mechanically minded families will go head-to-head designing and constructing mind-blowing inventions – using only the materials they have in their house!”. Last night the teams had to make a beer chilling and dispensing system and a contraption to smash crockery. Donor items from their houses included piping from central heating systems, living room door, cement mixer, kettle, microwave and a car to name only a few. A must watch for all the UK makers out there. Link.

2 thoughts on “The Mechannibals

  1. mreddygbr says:


    The first episode was not so good as the second (the one you saw); the BBC’s Points of View had a lot of critical comments, so the first episode may not have been the best to broadcast, as the people were portrayed a bit too emotionally, which got in the way of the engineering/science. I cannot comment on the third as it was my family that made the fish and chip machine! If there are enough interested people I will put up a web page about the behind the scenes stuff, and more depth on the machine we made…

    Briefly, the film crew were with us for 4 days, did the bare minimum of “set up” shots – you can probably see the weaker aspects – and it was tiring and fun. Well worth considering taking part if they get another series.
    Feedback we have had is “you were robbed” (very kind) and “you didn’t trash your house to make it”, which may be related. Interested parties can email me at

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