If you’re an Australian who watches digital TV you have access to the ABC2 channel. One of ABC2’s most popular shows “Scrapheap Challenge” returns on February 9th on ABC2 and will be shown Monday-Friday in the 6:30pm timeslot
This engineering game show sourced from Britain’s Channel 4 sees teams of contestants create a working machine from whatever they find in junkyards. They have just 10 hours to complete a task like building a power boat (view the video below), or making a jet car, bridging machine, car-crusher and a machine to fling a British Leyland Mini as far as possible.
Scrapheap Challenge Reviews
“It takes the Brits to invent a programme that turns rubbish into amazing creations. If you think it so bad,why not pop over to the commercial channels and watch them turn potentially
good stuff into rubbish! laugh”
– ABC2 viewer “Mirage”
“I totally agree! It’s amazing to see what the contestants can make in 10 hours. If you gave that project to a bunch of engineers (like me) we would probably spend $100,000 and 6 months designing something that worked only twice as effectively as their 10-hour job!*
I love the tension and comedy involved when the two slapped-together machines have to race each other! I laugh out loud regularly! This show is a great watch. I’m so glad it’s currently on Monday – Saturday.
I’m glad I found this show – it serves as a great replacement after SBS axed their weekday Mythbusters repeats! And there are apparently 9 series of this awesome show so this should keep us going for a while!
– ABC2 viewer “Atreides”
“This show is fantastic. It is amazing what they do with scrap in just a few hours. One of the best shows on ABC !”
– ABC2 viewer “Steve222”
Take two teams of, say, farmers, wrestlers or academics, add a technical expert, throw them into a junk yard and give them 10 hours to design and build a designated contraption, then pit them against each other.
Rockets, boats, amphibious vehicles and giant catapults – you name it, they’ve built it in this popular and inventive British series. It’s a recipe for confusion, argument and a lot of fun.
You might scoff at these grown-up boys playing with their grown-up toys, but these are the people who, after the apocalypse, will start rebuilding the world from the junk that’s left over. Admire their ingenuity and befriend them.
– Gordon Farrer (The Age)