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Series 15

Episode 3: The Engine that Powers the World

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

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. Show less

Contributors

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

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