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The Great Egg Race | Cracking feats of engineering

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From 1979 to 1986, science-based show 'The Great Egg Race' introduced BBC Two viewers to teams of inventors who took on the challenge of building gadgets using limited resources and their own ingenuity. Initially focused on creating rubber-band powered devices to carry eggs the furthest possible distance, the series also made a household name of scientist Professor Heinz Wolff.

In this collection, we look back at some of those inventions with a selection of programmes from throughout the show's run.

The Great Egg Race Collection

A cartoon egg from the opening title sequence of the series in 1979.

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Eggmobiles

BROADCAST 1979
35 MINUTES

The search is on for the best eggmobile in the country.

A cartoon egg with legs and wings from the opening title sequence of the series in 1979.

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Catapult

BROADCAST 1979
41 MINUTES

Eggmobiles and egg-throwing devices are put to the test.

A gramophone.

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Gramophone

BROADCAST 1981
29 MINUTES

Constructing a gramophone for use on a desert island.

A yellow Citroen 2CV.

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When the Petrol Runs Out

BROADCAST 1983
30 MINUTES

Inventing a petrol-free vehicle.

A neon logo and three eggs on a winners' podium from the opening title sequence in 1984.

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Cause for Alarm

BROADCAST 1984
30 MINUTES

Contestants rig alarms to protect a secret document.

A steam train pulling into a station.

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Putting On the Pressure

BROADCAST 1984
29 MINUTES

How to build a steam engine.

Contestants from the episode 'Time for Tea'.

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Time for Tea

BROADCAST 1984
29 MINUTES

Contestants grapple with the physics of a tea-making device.

A contestant building an igloo.

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Igloos

BROADCAST 1985
30 MINUTES

This episode of the series takes a chilly break from the norm.

Heinz Wolff with a Husky dog.

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Huskies

BROADCAST 1985
30 MINUTES

The teams compete to construct a mechanical husky.

Heinz Wolff at a piano.

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The Robot Piano Player

BROADCAST 1985
35 MINUTES

Can the teams make beautiful music together?

A hovercraft design by contestants.

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Hovercraft

BROADCAST 1985
29 MINUTES

Heinz Wolff arrives at an aeroplane hangar on a hovercraft.

Heinz Wolff at breakfast table.

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Back to Nature

BROADCAST 1986
30 MINUTES

The semi-finalists practise self-sufficiency in the studio.

A still of cogs forming the letters of the programme's title from the series in 1986.

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The Oil Platform

BROADCAST 1986
30 MINUTES

The last episode of the final series.

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