James May is our resident Captain Slow, and legions of fans recognize him as one third of the Top Gear/The Grand Tour hosting trio. But did you know Mr. May also dabbles in a quite a few other programs?
One such show is The Reassembler, which is pretty much exactly like it sounds like; James takes a bunch of stuff apart and reassembles it (such as 331 parts for a gas lawnmower which took 10 hours). It is far more entertaining than it sounds, especially with James’ personality on display.
The Guardian now reports that BBC4 has moved ahead with a second series of The Reassembler, which will include May reassembling things such as a Kenwood Chef food mixer and a Hornby toy train and track.
“Here we go then. More workshop cock-ups and cod philosophy,” said May. “To be honest, I’d probably be doing this even if no one was filming it. There’s a lot of false jeopardy in TV, but this is absolutely real; I really do stand there for hours putting things back together.”
“The great thing about reassembling bits of the past is that you’re reminded of how terrible it all was,” said May. “These are warnings from history – ignore them at your peril. It took me all bloody day to get that old record player back together. I celebrated by going out and buying a new tablet, with a massive memory.”
BBC4 has increased Series 2 to four 30 minute episodes, up from the three of the first series. Series one was quite successful, reaching approximately one million viewers per episode.