Scrapheap Challenge

The WORST episodes of Scrapheap Challenge

Every episode of Scrapheap Challenge ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Scrapheap Challenge!

Teams compete to construct junk machines, using what they can scavenge from the scrapheap.

Last Updated: 3/21/2022Network: Channel 4
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Rockets
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#1 - Rockets

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/18/1998

In this episode the teams must build rockets from the scrap to see who's can go the highest.

Flying Machines
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#2 - Flying Machines

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/5/1999

In this episode the two teams must make a machine capable of flight.

Land Yachts
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#3 - Land Yachts

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/26/1999

The teams are asked to build a yacht, but not one for the high seas - a land yacht capable of carrying the entire team. The winners will sail through to the semi-finals.

Amphibious Vehicles
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#4 - Amphibious Vehicles

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/19/1999

Robert Llewellyn and co-presenter Cathy Rogers unveil a doubly hard challenge - build a car that thinks it's a boat!

Marine Salvage
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#5 - Marine Salvage

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/10/1999

The challenge is to build a salvage machine capable of raising a Mini from the bottom of a murky lake and park it safely in a car park.

Walking Machines
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#6 - Walking Machines

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/17/1999

The teams are challenged to make a walking machine: the winning contraption must carry the whole team and a heavy safe across a haphazard obstacle course.

Monster Drag
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#7 - Monster Drag

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/13/2005

The challenge In this semi final, those thrill seekers from Blackpool, The Big Dippers, meet Essex forklift fixers and fabricating fanatics, The Powerlifters, for one of the biggest builds in Scrapheap history. The challenge: to construct a super fast monster machine at least 5 metres long and weighing at least 5.5 tonnes. The Powerlifters Neil, Mark and Dave are true Scrapheap! These boys love their drag racing and hot rodding and are all forklift maintenance engineers in Essex. Bald, tattooed and pierced, Neil and Dave provide the main double act but gentle giant Mark doesn’t seem to mind playing the fall guy to the duo. Energetic and with a range of outside interests, The Powerlifters are hardworking, straight talking, great fun, and claim to be able to take on anything Scrapheap can throw at them! Team expert Steve Matthews returns to Scrapheap Challenge after providing expertise for Off Road Rescue in the last series. His team's machine famously broke in half, so we’ve invited him back for another try! Steve’s been building commercial recovery vehicles for the last 20 years – mostly out of scrap. He is a bus and heavy plant expert, but can turn his hand to anything. The Big Dippers The Big Dippers are Lancashire lads responsible for the maintenance of Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Dodgey (he loves car boot sales and ferreting in skips – should be at home on the heap then!), Steve and Brian (nicknamed Two-ey as he only has two front teeth) have been friends for years and have a wealth of experience. Dodgey comes from a family of mechanics, Steve is the electrics supervisor at the Pleasure Beach and Brian claims to be able to weld underwater. So as well as providing a constant level of cheeky banter, these guys are here for more than the ride! Team expert Andy Brookes owns his own haulage company and does all the servicing himself, so he knows every nut and bolt on a truck. He has just finished doing up a Ford Escort Mexico Mark I.

Flying Machines
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#8 - Flying Machines

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/4/2005

The challenge This week it's the build to end all builds. Returning champs from last year, The Anoraks, take on the new wearers of the Scrapheap crown, The Powerlifters. The teams have but 20 hours to build what da Vinci himself couldn’t master – human-powered flight. The Anoraks Off-roading enthusiasts from Surrey, The Anoraks, Geoff, Lyndon and Marc, were the champions of series seven in 2004 and are back to defend their title. Geoff and Lyndon work in the technology industry and Marc is a 4x4 mechanic. They spend their spare time in Marc’s garage, building and restoring Land Rovers and other 4x4s. Lyndon claims he has broken, crashed and sunk more Land Rovers than he has had hot dinners; Geoff claims to be very good at hitting things with a hammer; and Marc likes to think he is the stabilising influence of the team. Team expert Billy Brooks is chief designer and director at Pegasus Aviation, as well as a pure genius and Scrapheap legend! Billy has previously been beaten by his rival expert Darren on Scrapheap Challenge and is very much looking forward to battling it out with him for a second time. The Powerlifters Neil, Mark and Dave are true Scrapheap! These boys love their drag racing and hot rodding and are all forklift maintenance engineers in Essex. Bald, tattooed and pierced, Neil and Dave provide the main double act but gentle giant Mark doesn’t seem to mind playing the fall guy to the duo. Energetic and with a range of outside interests, The Powerlifters are hardworking, straight talking, great fun, and claim to be able to take on anything Scrapheap can throw at them! Team expert is British Airways captain Darren Arkwright. He met his rival expert Billy in Scrapheap’s first venture skywards, a challenge called Gliders. Darren beat Billy on that occasion and knows that Billy is very much up for revenge! The judge Hong Kong-born Freddie To studied architecture in London at the Architectural Association school of Ar

Giant Skateboards
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#9 - Giant Skateboards

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/13/2007

In this episode The Extinguishers must face The Steaming Scots to see who can build the better Giant Skateboard.

Directors: Jon Ormrod
Paddle Boats
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#10 - Paddle Boats

Season 9 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/9/2007

In this Scrapheap special a team from the UK faces a team from the US to make Paddle Boats from scrap to commemorate the maritime achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Sofa Speedway
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#11 - Sofa Speedway

Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/16/2007

16 teams fight to make the best vehicles out of anything they like so expect some rather silly looking vehicles.

Best of Scrapheap Challenge
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#12 - Best of Scrapheap Challenge

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/7/2003

Robert Llewellyn and Lisa Rogers present the Golden Sprocket awards - the glitziest occasion in the scrap-metal calendar.

Welly Wanging
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#13 - Welly Wanging

Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired 12/23/2007

In this episode the Scrapheap Roadshow moves on and Welly Wanging is the objective and once again 16 teams battle it out to face the Scrapheap All-Stars.

Scrapheap Retrospective
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#14 - Scrapheap Retrospective

Season 9 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/30/2008

Robert and Lisa present a look at the highlights of this years series.

Series 7 Award show
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#15 - Series 7 Award show

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired 11/23/2008

The Challenge After winning a thrilling final, The Anoraks get their chance to take on the mighty Cat-alysts in this Grand final build. They get 20 hours' build time to construct massive machines capable of hauling tons of timber. In this weighty duel, the Grand final winners will be the ones who pull the most logs. The Anoraks With their captain Geoff Turtell absent on paternity leave, Marc Draper takes the armband and is helped by Lyndon Camidge along with Andy Cross, an old school friend of Lyndon's who comes in as a substitute. Andy is a plant fitter and HGV mechanics expert. All four-wheel-drive fanatics, they've had an amazing run of success in this year's series. Beating a team of firemen in their opening Sand Racers challenge, they went on ton win the Power Rowers and Flame Flingers challenges to reach the final. There, they took on the Hairy Hogs and won in Chariots to reach the Grand final. Helping them to try and go all the way is Mark Haile. A lorry engineer by trade, he repairs, maintains and builds them from scratch. What he doesn't know about trucks isn't worth knowing. Cat-alysts Captain Garry Preece, Shane Brading and Tim Wright make up the now legendary Cat-alysts. Jaguar engineers by trade, they are THE team to beat. They have never lost a challenge in the history of Scrapheap. Winning their first final three years ago, they went on to take their first Grand final success with a remote-controlled car. Wiping out the Barley Pickers with a Car Flinger the following year, they capped it all by winning last year's Grand Prix at Rockingham. Helping them to try to extend their extraordinary run is Richard Vincent, a true West Country character and all-round mechanical genius. He builds tractors, steam engines and dragsters in his workshop in deepest, darkest Somerset. The judge Casting his experienced eye over this heavyweight duel is Neal Davis, the chairman of the British Power Pulling association and a long-t

Series 7 Best of
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#16 - Series 7 Best of

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired 11/23/2008

It's the top ten mechanical monsters, as chosen by fans of the show. Will the number one be Car Crushers, Power Pullers or the Car Flinger episode?

Minesweeper
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#17 - Minesweeper

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/23/2002

This week's challenge is to build minesweepers.The test is over two rounds. In round one, each team is given 10 minutes to destroy as many paint-bomb mines as possible in a minefield containing 20 randomly buried mines. The team that destroys the most mines in this round will be given a head-start in the next, with each mine in the winning margin worth five seconds. In round two, each minefield contains just one gigantic mine. Whoever finds the big mine first is the winner.

Mono-wheels
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#18 - Mono-wheels

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/11/2002

Wrestlers on a roll This week's machines must be right at the top of Scrapheap's 'most bizarre' list – and the test proved fascinating too. With both machines working well at the end of tinkering time, it was likely that the team that proved best at riding a monowheel would triumph. Firstly, the three members of each team had to complete a straight relay race. In round two one team member from each team had to negotiate a series of tricky turns on a circuit of the go-kart track. The team with the quickest aggregate time booked a place in the semi-finals. Round one wasn't the quickest race Scrapheap has seen. The Tunnel Ratz' TC Geraint Owen posted the quickest individual time – perhaps not surprisingly, as he was the only one to have ridden a monowheel before the challenge was announced! At the end of the round the Tunnel Ratz had a 30-second lead. In round two the Ratz' Penfold (James Lackmaker) crossed the start line and promptly lost control, which seemed to dent his confidence, and he crawled around the course. The Hammerlocks selected Steve 'Psycho' Edwards to roll them to glory, and, living up to his name and throwing caution to the winds, he powered them to a comfortable victory.

Car Jousting
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#19 - Car Jousting

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/20/2002

The champions' challenge is to take an ordinary car and convert it into a radio-controlled fighting machine. In the contest, points are scored for hitting targets on the opposing machine: 10 for a sideswipe, 20 for a rear-ender and 30 for hammering the roof. If a machine strays outside the ring, it gives away 50 points to the other side. The team with the highest total score after three rounds wins.

Hovercraft Bother
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#20 - Hovercraft Bother

Season 10 - Episode 13 - Aired 7/27/2008

A blast from the past, taking inspiration from the very first episode, when two teams were challenged to race makeshift hovercraft around the Scrapheap course.

Dragsters
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#21 - Dragsters

Season 10 - Episode 14 - Aired 8/3/2008

Sixteen teams of backyard bodgers from around the UK battle it out for the chance to take on the crème de la crème of the engineering world, the Scrapheap Allstars.

Ballistas
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#22 - Ballistas

Season 10 - Episode 15 - Aired 8/10/2008

Teams from around the country have been challenged to build giant mechanical bows capable of launching four-foot arrows, making for an archery tournament of epic proportions.

10 Years on the Heap
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#23 - 10 Years on the Heap

Season 10 - Episode 16 - Aired 8/10/2008

Robert Llewellyn looks back over the highlights of a decade on the heap with the presenters, experts and contestants who've made the show such a success.

Water Power
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#24 - Water Power

Season 11 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/3/2009

Dick Strawbridge challenges the Scrappers to build a machine powered by water. What wacky designs will the three teams come up with in their bids to beat Dick and his Diamonds at Beaulieu?

Blow Football
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#25 - Blow Football

Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/6/2009

There's pandemonium on the pitch as two teams have four weeks to build machines for two rounds of blow football challenges before facing Dick Strawbridge and his Diamonds in the final. [SL]

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