Discovery Orders Richard Hammond Fronted ‘Big’

Discovery is teaming up with Richard Hammond (Top Gear, The Grand Tour) for Big, a ten episode series that will see Hammond embark on a global adventure – from the UK to Germany and the US – to explore the world’s biggest structures and machines.

“Richard is an iconic motoring talent whose passions span science, engineering and cars”, said Simon Downing, Senior Vice-President and Head of Factual and Sport for Discovery UK. “In his first production with Discovery, fans can expect an informative, entertaining and original series of truly epic proportions.”

Richard Hammond’s Big goes behind-the-scenes of the largest structures and machines in the world to understand the science of ‘big’ – how engineers go about building, maintaining and using these superstructures. Each episode takes Hammond to a new location and mega structure, where he meets the unsung heroes at the front line making them work and explores the science behind them with a series of experiments.

The ten episode series was commissioned for Discovery by Senior Director & Executive Producer Victoria Noble. Chimp Productions are producing, with Andrew Barron serving as the series producer. The executive producers are Oliver Wilson and Michael Massey. It will air on Discovery Channel in a number of markets including the UK, Netherlands and France; Science Channel in the U.S and channels including DMAX Italy, Spain and Germany across EMEA.

“I can’t wait to get out there and explore some truly huge examples of engineering genius in action. I love engineering and the science behind it”, Richard Hammon said in a statement. “And the bigger the better. It’s going to be fact filled and huge fun. It’s going to be Big! This is a fantastic commission for Chimp and I look forward to showing what we can bring to it.”

While Fulvia Nicoli, Executive Vice-President and Head of Product for Discovery International, added: “At the heart of Discovery is high-quality storytelling told through the most passionate and knowledgeable voices. As a world-renowned talent that audiences across the globe love, we’re delighted to welcome Richard and his infectious brand of curiosity to the Discovery family.”