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  • WORLD'S TOUGHEST FIXES

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Discover the big solutions used to fix some of the world’s biggest machines.

A nuclear power plant turbine needs to be replaced. A cruise ship needs another engine. When big machines experience problems, they often require big solutions. These fixes take much more than your average piece of duct tape. Master rigger and host Sean Riley discovers how these heavy duty industrial repairs are made, on everything from high voltage electricity lines to nuclear power plants, and meets the specialists charged with putting things right.

A professional rigger with a passion for adventure, Riley is not afraid to strap on a hazmat suit or attach himself to a live high-voltage power line to get the job done. He’s seen more than his fair share of perilous situations, but on each job he has to show the crew he knows his stuff. It’s usually a quick initiation, and soon Riley is flexing his engineering muscle while helping experts solve problems of enormous proportions.

Whether dangling from ropes hundreds of feet in the air or diving close to a construction vessel’s propellers, Riley’s engineering prowess travels inside the marvels of large-scale industry and shows what happens when things do not always go to plan.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • World's Toughest Fixes: Extreme Lift
    One of the USA's first ski lifts needs repairing. But this is no ordinary fix, as building in the backcountry requires the use of a helicopter.
  • World's Toughest Fixes: Holding Back The River
    As well as producing electricity, the John Day Dam in Oregon is crucial for trade – but the lock is broken. Can Riley save the day?
  • World's Toughest Fixes: Rocket Launch
    Riley heads to one of the most remote places on the planet – French Guiana – to try and help launch a high-tech satellite into space.
  • World's Toughest Fixes: Giant Wind Turbine
    Scared of heights? Then avoid this fix, as Riley helps assemble a 220-foot wind turbine designed to bring power to a Rhode Island community.
  • World's Toughest Fixes: Underwater Emergency
    Riley's rigging skills are pushed to the limit as he dives underwater to repair the rudder of a huge iron ore carrier bound for China.
  • World's Toughest Fixes: Solar Tower
    Riley lends a hand with the US's only operating solar reflective tower, where the crew aim to harness the sun's power using some 24,000 mirrors.
  • World's Toughest Fixes: Atom Smashers
    Get an inside view of the staggering Large Hadron Collider, which could reveal the secrets of the universe. Fixes don't get bigger than this!
  • World's Toughest Fixes: Rush Hour
    Riley takes a trip behind the scenes to see how an army of workers work 24/7 to ensure that millions of workers get to work on time.
  • World's Toughest Fixes: Sky High
    Riley joins the workers behind some of the most death-defying jobs around – from Las Vegas' tallest building to the top of the Hoover Dam.
  • World's Toughest Fixes: Tower Bridge
    Three bridges, three tough fixes: Riley tackles London's famous Tower Bridge, before a trip to Scotland to work on the iconic Forth Bridges.
  • World's Toughest Fixes: UK Bridges
    Three bridges, three tough fixes: Riley tackles London's famous Tower Bridge, before a trip to Scotland to work on the iconic Forth Bridges.
  • World's Toughest Fixes: Extreme Lift
    One of the USA's first ski lifts needs repairing. But this is no ordinary fix, as building in the backcountry requires the use of a helicopter.
  • World's Toughest Fixes: Leaky Cruise Ship
    Join Sean Riley on his global quest to fix some of the biggest, toughest construction problems on the planet.
  • World's Toughest Fixes: Vegas Breakdown
    Join Sean Riley on his global quest to fix some of the biggest, toughest construction problems on the planet.
  • World's Toughest Fixes: Water Coaster
    We build the world's longest water coaster, using some amazing new technology that could change the future of theme park rides.
  • World's Toughest Fixes: Texas High Tower
    Riley teams up with a bunch of high-altitude riggers to help bring down a gigantic TV tower right in the middle of San Antonio.
  • World's Toughest Fixes: San Francisco Bay Bridge
    Join Sean Riley on his global quest to fix some of the biggest, toughest construction problems on the planet.
  • World's Toughest Fixes: High Rise Walkway
    With just three days to install a monster bridge between two buildings in Salt Lake City, can Riley pull off his latest audacious fix?
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