Richard Hammond's Crash Course

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Monday 10:00 PM on BBC America Premiered Apr 16, 2012 In Season

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  • Landfill

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 4/30/12

    Richard Hammond gets down and dirty at the Denver Regional Landfill where he learns how to operate three trash machines - the Compactor, Scraper and Bulldozer. The Bulldozer is used to spread garbage so the other machines can work properly, it can push up to 22 tons of waste. The Compactor, which weighs more than the last 11 Super Bowl championship teams combined, is used to crush the rubbish. Lastly, the Scraper covers the refuse and can hold up to 40 tons of dirt. Richard not only has to master all three, he is challenged to maintain the machines as well, which means cleaning them at the end of a hard day�s work.

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  • Rocket Scientist/Bike Messenger

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    S 2 : Ep 8 - 12/10/12

    Richard journeys to the dry Mojave Desert where he joins the rarefied air of the Rocket Scientist to help build and prepare a rocket for a 40,000 foot launch. Then, where better for Richard to attempt the work of a bike messenger than the picturesque and hilly city of San Francisco? Richard's first stop is the headquarters of Twitter--where he finds irony in using one of the oldest means of information transfer - bike messenger - in service to one of the newest forms of information transfer - Tweeting. Following his Twitter expedition, Richard faces a serious challenge for any messenger in any form of conveyance - handling a keg of beer...on a bike.moreless
  • Animal Sanctuary/Snake Wrangler

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    S 2 : Ep 7 - 12/3/12

    Ann Goody of the Three Ring Ranch, a non-profit certified exotic animal sanctuary in Hawaii, has the amazing ability to communicate with, and understand, the animals she cares for. But will she be able to understand and communicate with Richard as she trains him as an exotic animal keeper? In Southern California, home to a multitude of rattlesnakes, Richard meets up with snake wrangler Bo, to see if he can help him keep the two species safely apart - Man and Snake.moreless
  • Cattle Rancher

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 11/26/12

    Richard travels to the heart of Texas where TJ Haynie, descendant of “the old 300”- the first settlers of Texas, attempts to turn Richard into a real-life buckaroo. There’s riding and roping, cows and horses, shooting authentic lever-action rifles and six shooters, and of course, mucking out stalls.moreless
  • Harlem Barber/Test Pilot

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 11/19/12

    Kamal Nuru puts Richard in a smock, hands over some clippers, and shows him how it's done at Levels Barbershop in Harlem. He's operated giant pieces of machinery, but can Richard keep a steady enough hand to give a proper Harlem style haircut? Then, Richard steps into the 617,000 square foot Robinson Helicopter factory in Torrance, CA. As an owner and pilot of a Robinson R44 helicopter, Richard knows how helicopters fly. Now he's going to learn how they're built. Joining the nearly 1,300 person workforce, he must help build and test fly a brand new helicopter, the R66 Turbine. But will his creation be cleared for take-off?moreless
  • IndyCar Pit Crew

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 11/12/12

    Richard – so often found behind the wheel of a car – this time trains to be one of the key people tasked with changing the wheel in an actual IndyCar race in Sonoma, CA. Here, he’ll also get the opportunity to be driven around the racetrack in an IndyCar by legendary driver, Mario Andretti. In joining the Dragon Racing team, Richard has to achieve a sub-seven second time to change the front left wheel of the racecar driven by fellow Brit, Katherine Legge – if he wants to make the pit crew.moreless
  • American Bullfighter / Paddle Boarder

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 11/5/12

    Richard travels to small-town Texas to see if he can handle the heat of the rodeo ring. With the help of Veteran bull fighter Clint Hopping, Richard will try to master the fancy footwork of a rodeo clown while being chased by a 1,700-pound bull. Richard's balance will also be tested when he travels to Maui to be trained by Dave Kalama, one of the top big-wave surfers on the planet (frequent tow-in surfing partner of Laird Hamilton) and a premier paddle boarder. Then it's off to Hood River, Oregon, where Richard enters the eight-mile down-winder race in the Gorge Paddle Challenge.moreless
  • Cabbie/Comedian

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 10/29/12

    Truth is, Richard hates navigating traffic so much that back in England he commutes to work via helicopter. So what better job is there for someone who loathes gridlock, than a gig as a New York City cabbie during Manhattan?s rush hour? Serving as Richard?s guiding compass - John McDonagh, a 35 year veteran behind the taxi wheel. John also takes Richard to his favorite lunch spot, Katz?s Delicatessen, where the two sit down to a meal at the famous Harry met Sally table. From the taxi to the open mic ? Richard attempts to take on the role of stand-up comic at top New York comedy spot, Gotham Comedy Club. There he must face what he fears most ? a live audience.moreless
  • Stuntman

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 10/22/12

    Richard goes to Hollywood to tackle the coolest job in town - stuntman. His mentor is A-list stuntman Rick Avery (Gangster Squad, The Dark Night Rises), who is credited with 30 years of experience performing stunts in countless blockbuster movies. Can Richard conquer his fear of heights, face the past while flipping a car, beat the heat when set on fire and convince other stuntmen that he can handle a proper fight scene? If he does, he'll be welcomed into one of the most elite realms of filmmaking.moreless
  • Salvage Yard

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 5/21/12

    Richard Hammond has his hands full as he heads down to Louisiana to salvage scrap metal. He must conquer the Crane, the Claw and Electro-Magnet, all of which are essential tools used to break down oil rigs and select the reusable material. The Crane can lift up to 150 tons and crawls at a top speed of one MPH. The Claw is used to separate out recyclable materials. It can lift 15 tons of recyclable materials at one time, the equivalent of 100 sumo wrestlers. The Electro-Magnet can lift up to 4,000 pounds at one time, the same as 20 refrigerators.moreless
  • Demolition

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 5/14/12

    Richard Hammond is bringing down the house in Orlando, Florida, home to one of the busiest demolition companies in the nation, and he’s using their massive Track Hoe and Wrecking Ball to do it. On average, it takes a person six months to master a Track Hoe, but Richard only has a few hours to learn how to use it like a pair of tweezers. The two ton Wrecking Ball has the power to tear down a five story building in seconds. Richard’s challenge is to prove to the company he is worthy of a real demo man title by demolishing a house with surgical precision.moreless
  • Striker

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 5/7/12

    Richard Hammond takes on the Striker, the world's most powerful fire engine, under the supervision of the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport firefighters. The Striker is designed to be driven and operated by one person, it has eight wheels which are all driven and it features two water cannons that can fire up to 1200 gallons a minute. Richard also attempts to master the physical challenges that determine if he has what it takes to be a firefighter.moreless
  • Tree Harvester

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 4/23/12

    In the midst of an Oregon forest, Richard Hammond’s skills are put to the test when he is challenged to become a lumberjack and master three massive machines that cut and process wood. The first machine, the Feller Buncher, is used to cut down trees and can process 1,000 trees a day. The Dangle Head Processor handles the logs like toothpicks, as it cuts, strips and slices wood in less than a minute. Finally, the Log Loader adds organization to the chaos by stacking the logs. However, before Richard can touch the machines he has to prove he has what it takes to become a lumberjack by climbing 50 feet up a tree and of course, learning how to replant the trees to create a sustainable forest.moreless
  • Abrams Tank

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 4/16/12

    At Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, Richard Hammond tests his skills to see if he has what it takes to be a member of a top tank crew, as he learns to drive the US Army's MIA2 Abrams Tank. The tank "Debel," meaning to conquer in war, lives up to its fighter name as a leading force in ground-armored combat. Richard's challenge is not only to drive the 68.7 ton machine, but to master all four positions within the tank: Driver, Commander, Gunner and Loader. Before he can jump in, he has to complete the Army's extensive training program including hours of simulator training and of course, physical fitness training.moreless
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