The Secret Life of Machines (1988–1993)

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Tim Hunkin explains the inner workings of those machines that we all take for granted... in his own unique way.

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Series cast summary:
Tim Hunkin ...
 Himself - Presenter (18 episodes, 1988-1993)
Rex Garrod ...
 Himself - Presenter (18 episodes, 1988-1993)
Frances Kay ...
 Animation Voices (14 episodes, 1988-1993)
Meg Amsden ...
 Animation Voices / ... (13 episodes, 1988-1993)


Tim Hunkin explains the inner workings of those machines that we all take for granted... in his own unique way.

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January 1988 (UK)  »

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The Secret Life of the Office  »

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The opening titles music is part of Val Bennett's "The Russians are Coming" which is a variation on Dave Brubeck's "Take Five". The closing credits music is another part of the same track which contains the more recognisable melody and 5/4 rhythm of "Take Five". See more »


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Outstanding quality information series
14 August 2012 | by (England, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was a totally remarkable series of programmes.

Not only did these programmes go into detail about certain gadgets which we have all come to take for granted, but they also go into a fair bit of detail as to how they work.

Quite impressive really considering each show was only just over half an hour long. There is so much detail packed into each one, it would have to be seen to be believed.

Even when I was at secondary school in the late nineties, my school had a copy of the videos. Tim Hunkin said that he is quite amazed that people are still looking for these shows even though they are over 15 years old. Anyone who has seen them will be amazed by the detail they all provide and nothing has beaten them since. That is why they were so hot then and why they are so hot now.

Tim Hunkin even encourages people to download the programmes free from p2p networks. This just shows that he is a true man of science. He does this sort of thing for the love of it and not for financial gain.

If you have not seen any of these shows then do have a look for them. You'll be so glad you did.

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