James May's Build a Car in 24 Hours

Season 1
 (22)
2016TV-PG
Every 68 seconds a brand new car drives off the production line at the MINI Plant in Oxford. James May goes behind the scenes to bring us this modern miracle in real time. He's joined by Ant Anstead and Kate Humble to reveal the science, engineering and people that keep us all on the road, and see how a car is built from start to finish in a little over 24 hours.
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James May
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Episode 1
    March 6, 2016
    50min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    James May makes friends with an army of diligent robots and busts the myth that British manufacturing is dead. Kate Humble sees if she has what it takes to work on the assembly line and Ant Anstead explores the history and heritage of one of the most iconic cars ever built.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    March 13, 2016
    52min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    James May races against the clock on the production line and embraces the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen. Kate Humble heads to Norway to discover why the electric car is King of the Norwegian road and Ant Anstead learns why loading a triple decker car transporter requires nerves of steel.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    March 20, 2016
    52min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    James May tests his wheel fitting skills on the assembly line and learns how to engineer the sound of a car door. Kate Humble gets to the bottom of how manufacturers test car seats and Ant Anstead heads to Germany to put his faith in a driverless car on the autobahn. Inside the factory, James and the team race against the clock to keep our car on track. Will it be finished on time?

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Producers
Lisa AusdenSarah Gibbs
Season year
2016
Network
BBC America
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4.4 out of 5 stars

22 global ratings

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Don't spent your $$ on this show
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Not May's best. It's interesting and informative but lacks the humor I've come to expect from James May. James May has definitely done better solo shows. It's OK to watch, but I would not recommend you buy it unless you really like watching a lot of robots building Mini Coopers. Wait till it streams for free.
American cookReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Its James May
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Its James May what a exceptional presenter he is bar none. A nerd that is not dull or boring with a subject that very easily could be both. He pulls this show off all the way unbelievable. I cant think of another presenter that could have done this.
Douglas MaxwellReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good, but could have been a lot better.
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I learned some fascinating stuff and James May is always enjoyable. But, this was a live program that aired on the BBC over several nights, and it certainly shows. It just doesn't have the tightness and quality that we are used to with James May related shows.
SaxonReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2016
1.0 out of 5 stars
Unusual for James May to be in a really bad show that's not even mildly entertaining
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Unusual for James May to be in a really bad show that's not even mildly entertaining, but to be honest, the parts that have May in them actually are acceptable. It's the parts where his co-hosts take over that make this show so incredibly boring.
nevansReviewed in the United States on June 26, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not edited properly.
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I like James May and the other hosts but, this series is very repetitive.
Jim DReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Three Stars
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Eh.
GP The EngineerReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2016
1.0 out of 5 stars
Why did i just pay to own a Mini ad?
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Love his prior specials...this was basically a multi-hour Mini advertisement.
SergioReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very interesting!
Really enjoyed this short series, very interesting and informative, no over dramatizations or anything of the sort, just straight to the point. A bit different style than what I am used to with James May, but I read this was aired Live on TV so I understand the difference in format. I appreciate how they showed not only the different stages of the building of a car, but the different departments such as Engineering, and Quality Control. The hosts were great, and of course, James May was fantastic as always.
Not sure why some people saw it as an advertisement of Mini, and if it was, why is that bad? How would they be able to make this happen without going to such a grand manufacturer such as BMW, Mercedes, etc.
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