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Action Man at the Speed of Sound

James May attempts to see if it's possible for Action Man to do what no toy has ever managed before - travel faster than the speed of sound.

James May attempts to rehabilitate one of Britain's most derided toys by seeing if it's possible for Action Man to do what no toy has ever managed - travel faster than the speed of sound.

For decades Action Man, despite his name, has been a disappointment. He promised so much with his eagle eyes, his gripping hands and his natty outfits. But what has he ever achieved? Nothing... yet.

After half a century lazing around the back of the toy cupboard, he must prove that he has The Right Stuff, redeem his shattered reputation and boldly go where no toy has gone before.

The challenge is daunting. Breaking the sound barrier and returning Action Man safely to the earth will test James and the team to the limit.

In an action-packed series of attempts, James battles high-speed physics, unforeseen explosions and catastrophic design setbacks that account for a large number of Action Man volunteers before settling on an experimental supersonic vehicle made entirely from scratch - a vehicle that threatens to send Action Man and the team into oblivion.

In a gripping final act, Action Man must not only succeed and survive intact, but also go faster and higher than a rival supersonic attempt led by his arch-nemesis - Sindy.

Will Action Man redeem himself? Will he survive Mach 1? Or will he lose out?

59 minutes

Last on

Mon 5 Aug 2019 21:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:03

    Knife Party


  • 00:03



  • 00:06


  • 00:13


    Pass It On

  • 00:20



  • 00:32

    The Only Ones

    Another Girl, Another Planet

  • 00:34

    John Powell

    Test Drive (Fr. How To Train Your Dragon)

  • 00:40

    Randy Newman

    The Cleaner

  • 00:58

    Imagine Dragons

    On Top Of The World


Role Contributor
Presenter James May
Executive Producer Will Daws
Executive Producer Stuart Cabb
Series Producer Tom Whitter
Director Tom Whitter


  • Christmas Day 2014 17:10
  • Sat 27 Dec 2014 21:30
  • Tue 13 Jan 2015 09:05
  • Sat 23 Dec 2017 20:00
  • Mon 5 Aug 2019 21:00

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