James May: The Reassembler

In this series, James May reassembles a whole host of objects which have been carefully taken apart to all their hundreds of individual component parts, vigilantly rebuilding the object to its complete form then testing its competency having gone through the process.
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  1. 1. Lawnmower
    April 3 2016
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    In the opening episode, James is faced with the 331 pieces that make up a 1959 petrol lawn mower. The "Suffolk Colt" helped make lawnmowing accessible to the masses by producing a smaller and affordable machine to keep our nations lawns at regulation height.
  2. 2. Telephone
    April 4 2016
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    James continues in his quest to put history back together again one piece at a time by tackling a 1957 Bakelite dial telephone. This was one of the first phones that contained the bell on the inside and it took some very impressive engineering to create what was at the time a revolutionary object.
  3. 3. Electric Guitar
    April 5 2016
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    James concludes his quest to truly understand everyday objects by putting them back together piece by piece with an electric guitar. 147 pieces must be reassembled carefully and in the correct order, to rebuild his 1984 Japanese copy of a classic electric guitar.

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TML021411Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most enjoyable!
Being female and the eldest, I was quite hesitant to take apart the mechanical things in our home as a child, just to see what was inside, and how things worked. Not so my brother, ten years my junior! From the high-fidelity stereo in its fancy 1960s console, to my father's golden D104 microphone as well as the CB, my brother could not resist. Of course, being his elder, I had to attempt to fix, then tell what the poor kid's curiosity had done to him again. And it was OK, while gathering up the bits and parts, to take a minute and check out just how things worked.

So yes, it was enjoyable for me to watch James May reassemble a lawnmower, a landline dial phone, and an electric guitar (actually, well, I've seen the innards of an electric guitar, growing up in a household where I was the only one allegedly devoid of musical talent).
Frederick NaileReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Informative and Relaxing
Great show to have on in the background if you are a James May fan.
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SuzieMomReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A great way to learn stuff
Probably not for everyone, since it takes a bit of time and patience, but definitely worth viewing if you are interested in how things work (or used to.)
Jon ThomasReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Engineers will like
Very interesting for people like me
falconaterReviewed in the United States on April 9, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's on the tin
I like James. I don't always agree with how he does things or the gibberish he says but it's interesting.
Brian LaneReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's James May!
I love listing to James May prattle on about absolute drivel. The historical nuggets about each item are always interesting, his asides are hilarious and his commentary about the social place of each item is pithy, amusing and spot on.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
So glad I found this show
James may is a great story teller. And he is in his element in this show. I found the show to be very intriguing, funny and even inspiring.
JanhReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
What can I say.
I just want to smell him.
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