Marty Jopson

Who else could The One Show get to test a self-doffing hat or wings to help you swim? Marty's a prop designer by trade but he loves his crazy inventions. He puts the experiments into practice.

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What would be the ONE meal you could not live without?
I would say anything with hazelnuts in it
What would be the ONE thing you could not live without?
My family
What would be the ONE thing you would take to a desert island?
A satellite phone with a fully charged battery. Or, failing that, a sharp machete as with it I could build a shelter, make a rain collector, make fire, make tools, and hopefully not starve or die of exposure
What ONE surprising fact do you have that our audience should know about you?
I have hitch hiker thumbs - the first joint of my thumb bends back more than 90 degrees

Marty has been presenting science and history on TV for ten years and has 13 years of experience making props for TV programmes, museums and live events.

For The One Show he’s reported on the mathematical formula, Benford’s Law, the origins of the seismograph, the sound mirrors of Denge, the ban on lead in petrol, and the invention of lava lamps.

If you know of a long forgotten machine that you think Marty should investigate or build get in touch with the team via this site.