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Speed Limits

Using state-of-the-art technologies, Richard Hammond goes beyond the limits of the naked eye and explores the hidden secrets of the invisible world around us.

Richard Hammond explores the extraordinary wonders of the world of detail hidden in the blink of an eye.

The human eye takes about fifty milliseconds to blink. But it takes our brain around a hundred and fifty milliseconds to process what we see. We're not aware of this time lag going on, but in those few milliseconds, there are extraordinary things happening that completely pass us by.

But what if we could break through this speed limit? Bend and stretch time in ways never thought possible. What new marvels would we see?

Now, using the latest high-speed cameras, Richard takes us on a journey beyond our eye's limits, letting us see secrets hidden in every element of our planet.

A world where thin air can shatter rock.

And water can tear through metal.

A world where the fastest thing on earth lies right beneath our feet.

And where a spectacular celestial display is finally captured, even though many have claimed it doesn't even exist.

59 minutes

Last on

Sat 5 Jan 2019 09:00

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Role Contributor
Presenter Richard Hammond
Director Gavin Maxwell
Producer Gavin Maxwell
Producer Simon Finch
Executive Producer Anne Laking
Executive Producer Gary Hunter