Mad Scientists

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Friday 2 March, 8.00pm

Professional builder John and suburban dad Gary set out to turn two old lawnmowers into hovercrafts. It’s a bumpy ride full of near misses and long sleepless nights, but the boys prove they have the heart to match their ambitions.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Friday 2 March, 7.30pm

Professional builder John teams up with Johnny, a post-apocalyptic “contraptor” with a taste for risk, and his hilarious sidekick. The results will be fascinating – and more than a little out of control. The boys set out to create a motorcycle powered by two enormous garage door springs. What could possibly go wrong?

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Friday 24 February, 8.00pm

Venture into gadget-filled garages and junk-strewn backyards to meet amateur inventors who are making weird and amazing contraptions like a jet-powered office chair and a water-shooting wheelchair. Combining two inventions, the Roaster Coaster and the Air Powered Dragster, will put professional builder John Bowler’s skills to the ultimate test. This unbelievable backyard thrill ride is loud, scary and action-packed.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Friday 24 February, 7.30pm

Venture into gadget-filled garages and junk-strewn backyards to meet amateur inventors who are making weird and amazing contraptions like a jet-powered office chair and a water-shooting wheelchair. Professional builder John Bowler challenges aerodynamics genius Gyro Jake to build a boat that can manoeuvre through water the way a gyroplane manoeuvres through air. When the weather and the laws of hydrodynamics turn against them, will they still achieve their goal?

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Friday 10 February, 8.00pm

Professional builder John Bowler joins forces with the Needhams, an entire family of creative garage inventors. Together they create a 12 metre see-saw called The Moon Jumper that spins atop a two-storey high telephone pole.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Friday 10 February, 7.30pm

Venture into gadget-filled garages and junk-strewn backyards to meet amateur inventors who are making weird and amazing contraptions like a jet-powered office chair and a water-shooting wheelchair. Professional builder John Bowler challenges jet engine builder Chris Krug to create the ultimate multipurpose lawn tool out of one of his homemade turbojets. When they test the contraption it’s clear that sparks are going to fly.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Friday 03 February, 8.00 pm

In the hills of California, professional builder John Bowler adds an extreme new feature to a friend’s one-of-a-kind rock-crawling machine. When they take their new contraption out to the quarry to test it, they’re in for some real surprises.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Friday 03 February, 7.30 pm

Venture into gadget-filled garages and junk-strewn backyards to meet amateur inventors who are making weird and amazing contraptions like a jet-powered office chair and a water-shooting wheelchair. Professional builder John Bowler challenges electrician Don to expand on his homemade jet-powered motorbike by adding a sidecar made out of an office chair. In front of a cheering crowd, John and Don strap in for a hilarious and thrilling ride.