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The Secret Life of Machines (Series 3)

The Secret Life of Machines is an educational television series presented by Tim Hunkin and Rex Garrod, in which the two explain the inner workings and history of common household and office machinery. The series consists of 18 episodes, each of which covers a particular set of machines. The series uses animation to help explain various aspect of how the subject devices function. The animation for the series was done by Hunkin himself in a uniquely recognisable format.

How does a word processor work? And how about a lift, an electric light, a photocopier, a fax machine, and an office? The Secret Life of Machines (Series 3), consisting of the last six episodes of the series, concentrates on office-related technology such as word processors, photocopiers and fax machines.

Episode 1 - The Lift
This episode explores how a lift functions. Hunkin is "blasted" into the sky in a lift car powered by rocket motors.

Episode 2 - The Word Processor
This episode explores how a word processor functions. A giant robot-shaped frame covered in computers bursts into flames sending the computers tumbling to the ground.

Episode 3 - The Electric Light
This episode explores how an electric light functions. As the camera is lifted into the sky on a crane, what seems at first to be randomly placed house lighting is gradually revealed to actually spell out "THE END".

Episode 4 - The Photocopier
This episode explores how a photocopier functions. Tim Hunkin is revealed to be sitting on top of a mountain of shredded paper at a recycling centre, followed by video of him using a bulldozer to drive through the pile.

Episode 5 - The Fax Machine
This episode explores how a fax machine functions. While testing out his home built model of a Pantelegraph, it begins to smoke and finally explodes.

Episode 6 - The Office
This episode explores how an office functions. It covers not just physical technologies, but also the evolution of social engineering involved in the running of an office.


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