Dirty Great Machines

Series 1 - Episode 3

Episode 3

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Man's desire for natural resources is insatiable, whether it is to power our homes, fuel our cars or build our skyscrapers. But with reserves on land running dry, we are now looking to the oceans to satisfy the needs of 21st century living. This programme showcases the cutting-edge machines at the forefront of this assault.

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Comments (11)

  • Dave Aston

    over 1 year ago

    Dave Aston

    Trying to run this on a MacBook Pro. As most other people are reporting this player just does not work properly - this is NOT brain surgery C5, you should be able to sort it out. BBC, ITV and other streaming operators can do it, why can't you?

  • graham

    almost 2 years ago


    i cant watch this as it is intermitant an and always on 5 no other stations . get your act together and sort it out

  • paul

    almost 2 years ago


    Realy enjoyed them watched all three in on sitting, they should do more programmes like these.

  • yakobking

    almost 2 years ago


    what's with the advert's i done this comment while advert's were on they are a wast of time!!!

  • ediquo

    almost 2 years ago


    Not a problem here...check you provider...

  • mizzie

    almost 2 years ago


    Absolutely POINTLESS !!!

  • R. Newton

    almost 2 years ago

    R. Newton

    Channel 5 fail again !! I'm not going to bother with this service anymore as it never works properly. Take some tips from 4od for a decent service Channel 5 !!!!!

  • jim rennie

    almost 2 years ago

    jim rennie

    stop start-stop start-stop start.

  • Rubble

    almost 2 years ago


    IE is worse than FF or me. Pity the adverts aren't effected in the same way!!!!

  • Seamus

    almost 2 years ago


    I sometimes find this problem with Firefox -try using Internet Explorer or Google Chrome.

  • john webb

    almost 2 years ago

    john webb

    it would be nice to watch a program continuously rather than in two second bursts.i do not have this problem normally wth bbc iplayer