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Documentary . History

Tim Hunkin explains how the machines we use every day actually work, using a fascinating combination of experiments, analogies, animation, and larger-than-lifesize working models. The TV series was the outgrowth of a series of cartoons for the Observer newspaper called "The Rudiments of Wisdom", which Tim researched and drew for 14 years. The theme music is a version of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" by Val Bennett, retitled "The Russians are Coming".

Episode Title: The Washing Machine
Airs: 1988-01-01 at

  • washing machine

  • video recorder

  • vacuum cleaner

  • television

  • sewing machine

  • science

  • refrigerator

  • photocopier

  • fax machine

  • engineering

  • demonstration

  • automobile