Series II went to the Caribbean, Series III to South Island, New Zealand.




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Series cast summary:
Kate Humble ...
 Herself - Presenter / ... (36 episodes, 2000-2005)
Mike Bullivant ...
 Himself (34 episodes, 2000-2005)
Jonathan Hare ...
 Himself (34 episodes, 2000-2005)
Ellen McCallie ...
 Herself (30 episodes, 2002-2005)
Kathy Sykes ...
 Herself (24 episodes, 2002-2005)
Mike Leahy ...
 Himself (16 episodes, 2000-2002)


An entertaining documentary series in which a small team of scientists are transported to a remote location (deserted island, mountain valley, etc) and set various tasks that they must accomplish using only basic tools and supplies, and whatever materials they can extract from the environment around them. Previous challenges have included: the constuction of a wind-powered electricity generator, the production and use of textile dyes, and measuring the speed of a glacier. Written by

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Release Date:

26 May 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Opfindernes ø  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first series was set on the Mediterranean island of Capraia. The second was on the Caribbean island of Carriacou. The third was in Westland National Park in New Zealand. The fourth was in Death Valley, California. The fifth series was in Zanzibar. And the sixth series was in the San Juan mountains of Colorado. See more »

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Always lots of fun
23 April 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

My most prominent memories of this show, I have to say, are strolling home from a night out, completly shattered, at about two in the morning, and turning on the TV to find the open university on with Rough science. It is always fascinating and entertaining, and anyone who has an interest in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, (Including Geology) and Naturalism, will enjoy the show. It is also great for kids who are learning about science. The people on it know what they are talking about, an although It is not the height of evening entertainment, it is certainly fascinating, and never ceases to give interesting challenges. The second (I believe) series where they are trying to obtain gold from the rocks in New Zealand, is especially good.

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