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

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2005   2004   2002   2000  




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

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Opfindernes ø See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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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My best addiction
22 October 2007 | by karmachicaSee all my reviews

I absolutely love this series and will be eternally grateful to Netflix for introducing it to me, unfortunately Netflix doesn't have all of the seasons available. I've hunted down copies for my personal collection and will not rest until I've gotten all of the Rough Science there is to be had. I'm so attached to - and attracted to ;) - the scientists and very much envy them in their participation. My favorite season so far has been the NZ Gold Rush episodes - though it's hard to choose favorites. This is a show that inspires creativity and curiosity and manages to teach you a thing or two at the same time. It definitely deserved more prime time positioning, though I'm fearful that too much attention for fear of it being spoiled by outside influences.

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