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The UK's leading inventors build life-changing solutions for people in desperate need. The inventors help a photographer who can no longer use his hands to operate a camera.

The team of inventors are challenged to come up with solutions for three very different problems.

They attempt to help a terminally ill photographer who can no longer use his hands to operate a camera. They try to bring cutting-edge communication to a remote Welsh village which has no internet access and an unreliable telephone connection. And they work to give some control back to a young designer who has Parkinson's disease and who has been unable to use a pen since developing tremors in her hands two years ago.

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Wed 25 Jan 2017 01:05

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Music Played

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

  • 00:11

    Maribou State

    Natural Fools

  • 00:15

    The Cinematic Orchestra

    Ode to the Big Sea

  • 00:17

    Radiohead

    Feral

  • 00:18

    4hero

    Conceptions

  • 00:22

    Mark Rae

    Lavish

  • 00:23

    Air

    Space Maker

  • 00:27

    Nils Frahm

    Keep

  • 00:36

    Jungle

    Smoking Pixels

  • 00:47

    The Ramsey Lewis Trio

    Wade In The Water

  • 00:52

    Blondie

    Call Me

  • 00:58

    The Album Leaf

    The Light

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Simon Reeve
Participant Haiyan Zhang
Participant Jude Pullen
Participant Ross Atkin
Participant Yusuf Muhammad
Participant Zoe Laughlin
Participant Ruby Steel
Participant Ryan White
Executive Producer Tim Harcourt
Executive Producer Ros Ponder
Series Producer Tom Watt-Smith
Director Tom Watt-Smith
Production Company Studio Lambert

Broadcasts

  • Wed 7 Dec 2016 21:00
  • Thu 8 Dec 2016 23:15
  • Mon 23 Jan 2017 00:25
  • Wed 25 Jan 2017 01:05

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Meet the Fixers

Meet the Fixers

Learn more about the inventors coming up with ingenious solutions for complex problems.

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Charities and Organisations

Charities and Organisations

A list of charities and organisations that supported production.