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The Engine that Powers the World

Episode 3 of 6

Mark Evans tells the surprising story of the hidden powerhouse behind the globalised world, the diesel engine, a 19th-century invention that has become indispensable to the 21st.

The surprising story of the hidden powerhouse behind the globalised world, the diesel engine, a 19th-century invention that has become indispensable to the 21st century. It's a tortoise-versus-hare tale in which the diesel engine races the petrol engine in a competition to replace ageing steam technology, a race eventually won hands down by diesel.

Splendidly, car enthusiast presenter Mark Evans gets excitedly hands-on with some of the many applications of Mr Diesel's - yes, there was one - original creation, from vintage submarines and tractors to locomotive trains and container ships. You'll never feel the same about that humble old diesel family car again.

1 hour

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

  • 00:06

    Battles

    Atlas

  • 00:22

    Boards of Canada

    Dayvan Cowboy

  • 00:29

    AC/DC

    Back In Black

  • 00:43

    Brian Eno

    1/1 (Excerpt)

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Mark Evans
Producer Steve O'Hagan
Director Steve O'Hagan
Executive Producer Michael Poole

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