The Best Episodes of How Do They Do It?
Last Updated: Jun 9, 2019
How Do They Do It? Ever wondered how the stripes get into toothpaste or how contact lenses are made? How do goods get from one country to another and then into our supermarkets? What are car tires made from and exactly why are plasma TV screens flat? Eating, drinking, driving, flying. These all are activities that we carry out with barely a second thought. But have you ever wondered what exactly goes into your teabag and how it got there? How does an airport handle hundreds of thousands of items of luggage each day? And just how can a car’s airbag inflate so quickly? Every day – often without even realizing it – we come into contact with technology, be it in the bathroom, in the car or on the golf course. We take a look at how things work, and focus on some of the most amazing examples of everyday objects including the world’s fastest elevator and the most expensive chocolate money can buy.
#1 - Jet Engine; Weapons; Telescope
Season 4 - Episode 6
The design and manufacturing of large jet engines; non-lethal weapons that stun without killing; the world's largest telescope.
#2 - Arson Dogs; Oaked Wine; Chrome
Season 7 - Episode 16
Examining the training of arson investigation dogs and the making of oak barrels for French wine.
#4 - Cameras; Big Airbags; Jelly Beans
Season 14 - Episode 4
How the world's sharpest photos are taken; what it takes to create an airbag that can catch a falling car; and how jelly beans are made.
#5 - Spacesuit; Diesel Engines; Neon Signs
Season 4 - Episode 2
How a spacesuit keeps an astronaut alive, the diesel engines that power the world's biggest ships, and the manufacturing processes behind the famous neon signs which cover Las Vegas
#6 - Screws; Marmalade; Printed Dresses
Season 13 - Episode 5
How screws help hold the world together. Also: marmalade's bitter roots; and fashionable clothing created with technology.
#7 - Tires; Excavators; Newspapers; Ports; Contact Lenses
Season 1 - Episode 3
Tires, Excavators, Newspapers, Ports, Contact Lenses
#8 - Mining Trucks; IKEA; Air Traffic
Season 2 - Episode 4
#9 - Mohair; Quadski; Harp
Season 13 - Episode 17
A mohair exchange in South Africa; the James Bond-inspired quad bike; and harps.
#10 - Glass; Golf Balls; Zippers; Coke Cans; Tire Changes
Season 1 - Episode 5
Glass, Golf Balls, Zippers, Coke Cans, Tire Changes
#11 - Monorail; Royal Copenhagen Porcelain; New York Cupcakes
Season 13 - Episode 3
Mumbai's monorail; hand-painted porcelain statues in Denmark; and creative cupcake recipes.
#12 - Recycling; Plasma TV; Fireworks; Railroad Tracks; Ink
Season 1 - Episode 1
This episode begins with explaining how recycling works using as an example airplanes. Then goes on to Plasma TV’s by explaining the theory and showing us the Hitachi factory. After that it’s the fireworks turn. From China to New York, from production to consumption you can see how they do it! Big hot and noisy, it is time to make railway tracks. Melt, shape, cool, check, you are done! Finally, microseconds, micrometers, welcome to the world of inkjet cartridges and its ink, by taking a tour in the Hewlett Packard cartridge factory.
#13 - Coffee; Bricks; Lava Lamps; Diamonds
Season 14 - Episode 3
How coffee is roasted; how bricks are built; how lava lamps are made; and how diamonds are mined from an extinct volcano.
#14 - Gold; Golf Clubs; Escalators
Season 2 - Episode 6
#16 - Money Movers; Game Fishing Rods; Bagpipes
Season 7 - Episode 7
How money is transferred in a safe and secure manner with behind-the-scenes banking technology, landing big game fish, bagpipes.
#21 - Credit Cards; Tiffin; Boat Lift
Season 13 - Episode 19
How fraud-proof credit cards are made; how hot lunches are delivered to Mumbai workers; and how a thousand-ton ship is hoisted hundreds of feet into the air.
#22 - Nori; Beer Bottles; Shark Deterrents
Season 11 - Episode 3
A look at how sea weed for sushi is farmed, how a beer bottle is made that lasts for fifteen years and how they keep swimmers and surfers off a sharks menu.
#23 - Racing Bikes; Stunt Pilots; Oil Well
Season 11 - Episode 5
A look at how one of the fastest bikes in the world was created, how pilots train to perform death-defying acrobatics, and how oil and gas is brought up from the bottom of the sea.