Continuing this week on Five is the series that brings to life the classic card game of the 1970s and 80s. Hosted by Robert Llewellyn and Ashley Hames, the show uses the Top Trumps format to examine all manner of extreme machines. This week’s show sees Robert step aboard the world’s largest cruise ship, while Ashley looks at the biggest ever container vessel.

First launched in the UK in 1977, Top Trumps is played using a pack of special cards featuring a range of statistics about a certain subject. It became an instant hit, and cards were soon being handed back and forth in playgrounds across the country. Themes covered in the original game included cars, planes, dinosaurs and superheroes.

This ten-part series sees Robert and Ashley go head-to-head in a bid to outsmart each other across a range of subjects. With each show based on a different theme, the presenters go on personal fact-finding missions, before comparing what they have learned. After immersing themselves in their given topic, they battle it out to see which statistics are more impressive.

Themes explored throughout the series include high-tech fire engines, extreme all-terrain vehicles, super cars, earthmovers and colossal helicopters.

This week, Robert and Ashley embark on an exploration of two of giants of the sea. Robert finds himself aboard the world’s largest cruise ship, Independence of the Seas. This 15-deck, 158,000-tonne leviathan is filled from bow to stern with technological innovations including surfing machines, pod-based steering systems and a biotank that turns sewage into pure water.

Ashley, meanwhile, is aboard the Emma Maersk, the largest container ship on the planet. Not only does she boast the world’s largest marine diesel engine and the longest propeller shaft to sail the seven seas, but her entire bulk can be crewed by a staff of just 13 – even if it does take them 15 minutes to walk from one end of the ship to the other.

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