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Episode 1

In his quest to discover how we, the people, got our wheels, James travels to Germany, Italy and Russia to reveal the extraordinary story of how dictators kick-started the mobilisation of the masses.

It is a tale of design brilliance, abject failure, war, fraud and double dealing, featuring some of the best (and worst) cars and characters of the 20th century. James discovers how the British motor industry blew a gift-wrapped chance to rule the world and he gets his own back with a stunt that means bad news for one of the planet's most hated cars.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Sun 3 May 2015 22:00


Role Contributor
PresenterJames May
ProducerNigel Paterson
Series ProducerTom Whitter
DirectorTom Whitter