ABC has often had to fill its hour after playing 50 minute content from the BBC (in this case Doctor Who) -but this concept is pretty out there…
It might appeal if you’re into Mythbusters.
The Boffin, the Builder and the Bombardier is a fast-paced, fun, Australian-made living history series in which three mates deconstruct history by reconstructing the devices that made it.
Each 10 minute episode sees our three characters uncover the secrets of the past by immersing themselves in it – dressing up, and blowing things up…sometimes just for the fun of it.
But beneath the good humour is a well-researched documentary with experimental archaeology at its core – featuring one historical item per episode. The replication of the objects and methods of the past will help viewers better interpret and understand them.
Viewers will get a laugh and at program’s end, an insight into history they may not have had before.
EPISODE 1 – Hit without being hit
“The Gallipoli Periscope Rifle”
The official historian and the ANZAC chief of staff were at odds over the accuracy of this iconic Australian weapon. And one of the world’s best rifle shots at the time agreed with one of them. So who was right?
8:15pm Sunday on ABC1.