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James May's Big Ideas is a three-part British television miniseries in which James May, a journalist and self-acknowledged geek travels the globe in search of implementations for concepts widely considered science fiction, or his big ideas. The series was produced by the BBC and the Open University and began airing at 8pm on Sundays on 28 September 2008.

James May's Big Ideas
StarringJames May
Narrated byJames May
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes3
Producer(s)Nigel Paterson
Running time60 mins
Original networkBBC Two
Original release28 September (2008-09-28) –
12 October 2008 (2008-10-12)
Related showsJames May's 20th Century
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The first episode documents his search for the ultimate form of personal transport, ranging from jetpacks to flying cars. In the second episode, May looks at bionics and robotics and if robots can exceed the boundaries of their programming. The third episode focuses on energy.

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# Title Airdate
1"Come Fly with Me"28 September 2008 (2008-09-28)
James May travels the globe in search of his ultimate flying machine. Vehicles tested include an ekranoplan, a Jetpack, a car that can be transformed into a plane and many others.
2"Man-Machine"5 October 2008 (2008-10-05)
James May discovers if his childhood dream of a world of robots will ever become true. Episode featured ASIMO.
3"Power to the People"12 October 2008 (2008-10-12)
In the last of his Big Ideas journeys, James May sets off to find smarter, brighter and bolder ways of powering the planet for future generations. Episode featured sections on solar cars, solar power tower, ENV, Wind Turbine, Pelamis Wave Energy Converter (referred to as the snake), energy from wave power (see Stephen Salter), electricity generated from the tides and the latest development on Nuclear Fusion.

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