James May’s Toy Stories

7:30pm – Monday, October 24 on TV 3

Having tasted defeat in the original series (James May Toy Stories), James May makes a new attempt to run a Hornby model railway between two towns in this week’s action-packed James May’s Toy Stories: The Great Train Race, screening on Monday, October 24 th at 7:30pm on 3. In 2009, James May led two communities in Devon in an epic attempt to recreate, in miniature, the Atlantic Coast Express route that once linked the two towns.

For the first time since Dr Beeching did away with their railway, the towns would be reconnected, this time by a 10 mile long 00 gauge Hornby track carrying scale models of some of the greatest trains in British engineering history along the abandoned line. The last attempt did succeed in recreating an authentic portrayal of a Great British Railway – but not in the way James hoped: over-running and shoddy engineering works, vandalism, defective trains, leaves on the line and appalling weather conditions left the attempt in tatters.

At 1am, at a lonely spot south of Instow, a frustrated May conceded bitter defeat when the only surviving train of the five that had set out some 14 hours earlier, seized up and died barely seven miles into the 10 mile journey. But now, two years on, piqued by the sense of unfinished business and spurred on by a high tech challenge from Germany, James May returns to the scene to find out what went wrong and to give the challenge another try.

Make sure not to miss his second attempt when James May’s Toy Stories: The Great Train Race screens on Monday, October 24 th at 7:30pm on 3.

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James May is a man on a mission: he wants to get kids out of their bedrooms and away from their video games, he wants to drag parents off their backsides and get them all playing together again. Using some of the world’s best loved toys, James May puts generations of families at the heart of some ludicrously ambitious adventures and extraordinary feats of engineering that fire the imagination and remind us of the joys of doing things together. 

James Builds a Platicine Garden: James and the team cultivate the world’s first Plasticine garden. And then enter it in the Chelsea Flower Show and win a prize. 

James’s Great Scalextric Race: James and his helpers lay nearly 3 miles of Scalextric track along the original route of the famous Brooklands race circuit. The track cuts right through buildings, across a river and several roads and into the record books. 

James Builds a Meccano Bridge: 100,000 pieces of Meccano are painstakingly assembled to make a bridge 22 meters long; big enough to span a Liverpool canal. But one wrong move and all that work, and James, could go for an unexpected swim… 

James’s Spitfire Spectacular: From sanding and painting to the huge task of gluing it all together, James constructs the world’s biggest Airfix kit – a full size spitfire. 

James’s Model Railway Madness: James builds the world’s greatest train set. Ten miles of track are laid along a meandering disused railway line to re- connect two coastal communities. 

James Builds a Lego House: Find a location, have 3.4million Lego bricks delivered and together with 1200 volunteers, build a house. Then live in it.

7:30pm – Monday, November 29 on TV 3

Welcome to James May’s Lego house, the final massive-scale build in James May’s Toy Stories, concluding its toytastic season on Monday, November 29th at 7:30pm on 3.

This week’s final James May’s Toy Stories instalment will see Top Gear’s James May and his army of helpers attempt to build the world’s first full-size house made entirely out of Lego.

If the project proves a success, James says he will also be spending a couple of nights in the Lego house.

‘I’m planning to stay there for two or three days, or until it falls down – whichever is sooner,” he explains.

“I’m pretty relaxed about it, but will just have to be careful moving around. If I wake up buried under a pile of bricks, I’ll know it’s gone wrong.”

James says the idea for the colourful Lego home, complete with a fully plumbed Lego bathroom, kitchen and giant bed, came to him years earlier.

“The idea first came up over a beer, when we were talking about what we would have built as kids if we had enough Lego,’ he explains, adding; “Your imagination is always bigger than your stockpile when you’re a kid.”

Despite his wild imagination, James admits the Lego house will be the grandest thing he has ever attempted with the building blocks. “Up until now, the largest thing I’ve ever built with Lego was probably a plane or a battleship, because that was all I could build with the amount I had,” he says.

But that’s all about to change, make sure not to miss James and his hundreds of helpers attempt to build the world’s first ever Lego house in James May’s Toy Stories, concluding it’s series on Monday, November 29th at 7:30pm on 3.

7:30pm – Monday, October 25 on TV 3

Never one to turn down a challenge, Top Gear’s James May is taking on some madcap toy adventures in a bid to get children out of their bedrooms and away from their Playstations in a special encore screening of James May’s Toy Stories, premiering on Monday, October 25th at 7:30pm on 3.

In James May’s Toy Stories, James is going to take some of Britain’s best-loved toys and put generations of families at the heart of some ludicrously ambitious adventures that will remind us all of the joys of making something together, with toys that have long captured the imagination.

Proving the best toys don’t always need batteries, James’ toy adventures will see him using some of the best-loved toys of our generation, and reminding everyone that there’s a big kid in all of us.

In each episode James and his team will be faced with a new toy challenge. Over the series James May’s Toy Stories will see James attempting to build the world’s first full-size house made of Lego, the world’s first Plasticine garden, the world’s biggest ever model plane, the world’s greatest model train set, a world record beating Scalextric track, and a life-size bridge made out of Meccano.

“For too long now we have regarded the great toys as mere playthings, explains James. “It’s time to use them to bring people together and achieve greatness. And I bet it’ll be a right laugh as well.”

Make sure not to miss these toy-tastic adventures when James May puts the batteries away and goes back to where it all started! James May’s Toy Stories screens on Monday, October 25th at 7:30pm on 3.

7:30pm – Monday, March 15 on TV 3

Welcome to James May’s Lego house, the final massive-scale toy build in James May’s Toy Stories, concluding its toytastic season on Monday, March 15th at 7:30pm on 3.

This week’s final James May’s Toy Stories instalment will see Top Gear’s James May and his army of helpers attempt to build the world’s first full-size house made entirely out of Lego.

If the project proves a success, James says he will also be spending a couple of nights in the Lego house.

‘I’m planning to stay there for two or three days, or until it falls down – whichever is sooner,” he explains.

“I’m pretty relaxed about it, but will just have to be careful moving around. If I wake up buried under a pile of bricks, I’ll know it’s gone wrong.”

James says the idea for the colourful Lego home, complete with a fully plumbed Lego bathroom, kitchen and giant bed, came to him years earlier.

“The idea first came up over a beer, when we were talking about what we would have built as kids if we had enough Lego,’ he explains, adding; “Your imagination is always bigger than your stockpile when you’re a kid.”

Despite his wild imagination, James admits the Lego house will be the grandest thing he has ever attempted with the building blocks. “Up until now, the largest thing I’ve ever built with Lego was probably a plane or a battleship, because that was all I could build with the amount I had,” he says.

But that’s all about to change, make sure not to miss James and his hundreds of helpers attempt to build the world’s first ever Lego house in James May’s Toy Stories, concluding it’s series on Monday, March 15th at 7:30pm on 3.

Catch this episode again at www.tv3.co.nz

7:30pm – Wednesday, February 3 on TV 3

Never one to turn down a challenge, Top Gear’s James May is taking on some madcap toy adventures in a bid to get children out of their bedrooms and away from their Playstations. 3’s brand new series James May’s Toy Stories premieres on Wednesday, February 3rd at 7:30pm on 3.

In James May’s Toy Stories, James is going to take some of Britain’s best-loved toys and put generations of families at the heart of some ludicrously ambitious adventures that will remind us all of the joys of making something together, with toys that have long captured the imagination.

Proving the best toys don’t always need batteries, James’ toy adventures will see him using some of the best-loved toys of our generation, and reminding everyone that there’s a big kid in all of us.

In each episode James and his team will be faced with a new toy challenge. Over the series James May’s Toy Stories will see James attempting to build the world’s first full-size house made of Lego, the world’s first Plasticine garden, the world’s biggest ever model plane, the world’s greatest model train set, a world record beating Scalextric track, and a life-size bridge made out of Meccano.

“For too long now we have regarded the great toys as mere playthings, explains James.

“It’s time to use them to bring people together and achieve greatness. And I bet it’ll be a right laugh as well.”

Make sure not to miss these toy-tastic adventures when James May puts the batteries away and goes back to where it all started. James May’s Toy Stories premieres on Wednesday, February 3rd at 7:30pm on 3.