Top Trumps

Coming to an end this week 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, the duo turn their attention to earthmovers –mechanical monsters designed to excavate and transport huge quantities of dirt. While Robert checks out the Cat D-11 in Spain, Ashley heads to Arizona to hitch a ride in the Liebherr T282.

Top Trumps 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 – immersing themselves in their given topic and collecting all the information they can. They then battle it out to see which statistics are more impressive.

In this week’s season finale, Robert heads to the Caterpillar test facility in Málaga, southern Spain, where he hopes to have a go on “the biggest production tractor in the world”. Designed for mining and heavy construction projects, the Cat D- 11 is a 104-ton bulldozer capable of shifting its own weight in earth. “Ashley mate, just give up now!” says Robert.

Throwing himself into his task with gusto, Robert sets about collecting his first vital statistic – top speed. Taking the D-11 onto flat land, driver Gary cranks up the engine. However, since there is space in the truck for just one person, Robert must run alongside it holding his satnav to obtain a reading – no easy task in the 35-degree heat of Spain. “I hope we can do this quickly!” he says. Luckily for Robert, the machine is only capable of 10.2mph.

More impressive than the D-11’s speed, however, is its agility. Thanks to electronic engine and transmission control, along with tracked wheels, this metal leviathan can turn on a sixpence – with a turning circle of zero. “This machine may weigh 104 tons, but it can move around like a ballerina!” says Robert. As well as being able to turn quickly, the D-11 can cope with a 60 per cent climb angle.

At the back of the bulldozer is a vicious-looking spike designed to rip through earth with a pressure of 44 tons. With its sheer weight alongside brute force and incredible traction, the D-11 makes short work of tough rocks like quartz and granite. But Robert can only get a real grasp of the machine’s power when he gets behind the controls. “I’m going to be in charge of over 100 tons of very powerful machinery on my own,” he says. “Wish me luck!”

For his all-important data, Ashley is in the Ascaro copper mine in Arizona. Here, he encounters the enormous Liebherr T282 dumper. “Now we’re talking!” he says. “This is a monster truck!”

The biggest dumper truck in the world, the T282 is 8.7 metres wide, weighs 206 tons when empty, can carry nearly 400 tons of rock, costs $2.8million and can hit speeds of over 40mph. “I can’t see this being beaten,” is Ashley’s confident assertion. But can such a beast be manoeuvrable? Ashley climbs high into the cab to find out. “It’s kind of like we’re riding in a house,” he says.

As he and his driver head to the mine’s loading area, Ashley has one last chance to gather the statistics he hopes will win him the Top Trumps challenge – including a 320 cubic yard capacity and a massive one million mile lifespan. Impressive though these figures are, however, will they be enough to topple Robert and his bumper bulldozer?

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. In this instalment, the duo turn their attention to helicopters. While Robert heads to Cornwall to get to grips with the A109 multi-role chopper, Ashley visits Alabama in the US to experience the fearsome power of the AH-64 Apache.

Top Trumps 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 embark on personal factfinding missions – immersing themselves in their given topic and collecting all the information they can. They then battle it out to see which statistics are more impressive.

In this week’s episode, Robert is in picturesque Cornwall to test a modern classic. Originally developed as a search and rescue helicopter for use in the Swiss Alps, the A109 is sleek, very fast and versatile, and has become the first choice for aerial filming. With a top speed of some 168 knots – or around 190mph – it is the world’s fastest civilian chopper. “Ashley mate, I’m sorry – I know you try really hard, but check this out!” says a confident Robert on seeing the A109 in action.

With a climb rate of 1,750 feet per minute, the A109 is nippy enough to film fighter jets in action, but its unique selling point is its versatility. As well as aerial photography, this type of craft is also used by police to track criminals, and by air ambulance crews. “This is an absolutely extraordinary helicopter,” says Robert.

To sample one of the chopper’s most famous assets, its hovering ability, Robert sets up an eye exam with a difference. While the intrepid presenter remains on terra firma holding an optician’s eye chart, chief pilot Keith Thompson flies up into the air and uses the craft’s powerful camera to read the letters on the card – from a distance of 500 metres. “This is a real test of how stable the helicopter is,” says Robert. Thanks to motion detectors with built-in gyroscopes, the A109 can remain steady enough for Keith to pass with flying colours.

Before flying back to base, Robert takes the A109 on a news-gathering assignment in nearby Plymouth. Along the way, he collects some vital helicopter statistics – including a range of 375 nautical miles, a weight of 2.5 tons and a combined engine power of 840 shaft horse power. Impressive though these numbers are, will they be enough to hand Robert victory in this week’s challenge?

Some miles away in Alabama, USA, Ashley thinks he has just the thing to out-trump Robert’s chopper – the AH-64 Apache. “Wow, that is one meanlooking machine,” he says as the craft approaches over the nearby trees. “This is the most fearsome attack helicopter in the world,” he adds. “They’re lethal, they’re fast and they’re powerful.”

Hitching a ride with gunner Matt Rowe and pilot Scott Jackson of the US military, Ashley gets to grips with the Apache. After learning about the Longbow radar system capable of automically tracking 128 targets simultaneously, the 1,024 nautical mile range, the $18million price tag and the climb rate of 2,500 feet per minute, Ashley is confident of success. “I think I’ve got this one licked,” he says.

However, Ashley gathers his most impressive statistics only when he is shown the Apache’s awesome firepower. The chopper’s 30mm chain gun fires over ten rounds a second, while its 70mm rockets leave the launcher at a rate of over 100mph. The arsenal is completed by a few $70,000 laser-guided missiles. “No one is going to mess with you in an Apache,” says Ashley.

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 focuses on huge warships. Ashley visits an enormous American aircraft carrier in the Pacific and Robert steps aboard the HMS Bulwark, a landing dock in the Baltic Sea.

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. 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.

In this week’s episode, Ashley and Robert compete to find the best and most powerful warships. Ashley flies to a secret location in the Pacific and lands on one of the world’s biggest nuclear aircraft carriers, the USS John C Stennis, which supports air-combat operations around the globe. This floating 1,104 foot-long airport is home to no fewer than 70 planes and two nuclear reactors.

Ashley learns that this massive warship is a small city in itself, boasting its own post office, canteen and supermarket to cater for the needs of the crew. But his investigation puts him in a risky situation when he takes to the air to experience a dangerous and rather unusual landing procedure: “It’s not everyday you can say you’ve successfully crash-landed onto a nuclear aircraft carrier,” comments a shocked Ashley.

Robert, meanwhile, boards the HMSBulwark, an impressive landing platform dock just off the coast of Sweden in the Baltic sea. He discovers that one surprising way for landing craft to disembark from the Bulwark is to partly flood the ship – a tricky process that has to be done with great care. “It is slightly alarming being on a ship when there’s water coming in!” Robert admits.

More dangerous still is working on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier. Robert finds this out for himself when he takes part in a simulated land attack. Monitoring events from the bridge, he gets to enjoy a taste of real action – and even plasters his face with camouflage paint to get himself in the mood.

After all these eventful and somewhat nervewracking experiences, both Ashley and Robert are eager to compare figures. But which warship will come out on top?

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 the intrepid duo compare two high-tech fire engines.

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. 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. In this week’s instalment, Ashley and Robert get hot under the collar as they attempt to discover which fire engine from the Top Trumps pack will come out the winner.

Ashley heads to Glasgow to spend some time with the firefighters of Strathclyde Fire Brigade. Here, he gets to put a brand-new aerial rescue platform (ARP) through its paces. The ARP combines the work of three different fire appliances into one multi-purpose vehicle. In his quest for Top Trumps triumph, Ashley learns how to rescue survivors from a towering inferno, mop up deadly chemical spills and cut open a crashed car like a tin of sardines – collecting killer stats as he goes.

Robert, meanwhile, gets to grips with Bristol Airport’s Cobra 2 – a lean, mean and bright-yellow fire-fighting machine. With water jets powerful enough to knock a man off his feet and a fuselage-piercing ‘snozzle’, the Cobra has no trouble coping with fierce aircraft fires. To put the machine to the test, Robert is faced with a major runway inferno featuring 20-foot flames.

At the end of the show, it all comes down to strategy when Ashley and Robert go head to head to see who has gathered the winning stats. Will it be the ARP or the Cobra that comes out on top?

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.

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 compares high-performance planes, including the Cessna Citation X.

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 experiences life in the lap of luxury as he uncovers the vital statistics that make the Cessna Citation X the private jet of choice for celebrities and royalty alike. From the padded leather toilet seat to the Rolls Royce jet engines, Rob leaves no wing-tip unturned in his quest to rustle up every last fact and statistic governing the Cessna’s mastery of the celebrity skies.

Meanwhile, Ashley has been dealt a highperformance plane of a different kind. He spends some quality air-time with the Blades – the only passenger-carrying airline in the world that doubles as an aerobatic display team. Their mode of transport is the mighty Extra 300, a plane built to perform stunts and withstand G-forces that would rip the wings off a lesser aircraft. Testing its top speed while upside down and taking the controls in the middle of a loop-the-loop are just two of the feats Ashley performs in his quest to prove that he can out-trump Rob in the Top Trumps showdown.

Beginning this week on Five is a brand-new 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 – from enormous ships to giant diggers.

The opening episode sees Robert and Ashley enter the world of the superyacht as they vie to find the statistics that will earn them first blood in the Top Trumps challenge.

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 such weighty topics as cars, planes, dinosaurs and superheroes – to name but a few.

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 will go on personal fact-finding missions, before comparing what they have learned. After immersing themselves in everything there is to know about their given topic, they will battle it out to see which statistics are more impressive. Themes explored by Robert and Ashley throughout the series include high-tech fire engines, extreme all-terrain vehicles, super cars, mammoth earthmovers, colossal helicopters and fearsome warships.

This week, the plucky pair submerge themselves in the high-speed, big-money world of luxury yachts. In search of the all-important data, Robert heads to the English Channel with record-breaking yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur. Here, he attempts to uncover every last fact and feature about Ellen’s world-class Imoca Open 60 racingyacht – including, perhaps, his heart-rate when the boat banks dramatically during the speed test!

Meanwhile, Ashley visits the Mediterranean for his top trump – a £6million Pershing speedboat. Before long, he is neck-deep in gizmos, gadgets and leather upholstery, but what he really wants to know is how fast can a 75-tonne luxury plaything move? He soon finds his answer – and almost falls overboard as a result.

Once all the facts have been researched and collected, will it be wind power or engine welly that wins the war of the waves? Only time will tell as the duelling duo spar with their statistics for the title of Superyacht Top Trump Champion.

Beginning this week on Five is a brand-new 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 – from enormous ships to giant diggers.

The opening episode sees Robert and Ashley enter the world of the superyacht as they vie to find the statistics that will earn them first blood in the Top Trumps challenge.

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 such weighty topics as cars, planes, dinosaurs and superheroes – to name but a few.

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 will go on personal fact-finding missions, before comparing what they have learned. After immersing themselves in everything there is to know about their given topic, they will battle it out to see which statistics are more impressive.

Themes explored by Robert and Ashley throughout the series include high-tech fire engines, extreme all-terrain vehicles, super cars, mammoth earthmovers, colossal helicopters and fearsome warships.

This week, the plucky pair submerge themselves in the high-speed, big-money world of luxury yachts. In search of the all-important data, Robert heads to the English Channel with record-breaking yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur. Here, he attempts to uncover every last fact and feature about Ellen’s world-class Imoca Open 60 racingyacht – including, perhaps, his heart-rate when the boat banks dramatically during the speed test!

Meanwhile, Ashley visits the Mediterranean for his top trump – a £6million Pershing speedboat. Before long, he is neck-deep in gizmos, gadgets and leather upholstery, but what he really wants to know is how fast can a 75-tonne luxury plaything move? He soon finds his answer – and almost falls overboard as a result.

Once all the facts have been researched and collected, will it be wind power or engine welly that wins the war of the waves? Only time will tell as the duelling duo spar with their statistics for the title of Superyacht Top Trump Champion.

Beginning this week on Five is a brand-new 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 – from enormous ships to giant diggers.

The opening episode sees Robert and Ashley enter the world of the superyacht as they vie to find the statistics that will earn them first blood in the Top Trumps challenge.

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 such weighty topics as cars, planes, dinosaurs and superheroes – to name but a few.

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 will go on personal fact-finding missions, before comparing what they have learned. After immersing themselves in everything there is to know about their given topic, they will battle it out to see which statistics are more impressive.

Themes explored by Robert and Ashley throughout the series include high-tech fire engines, extreme all-terrain vehicles, super cars, mammoth earthmovers, colossal helicopters and fearsome warships.

This week, the plucky pair submerge themselves in the high-speed, big-money world of luxury yachts. In search of the all-important data, Robert heads to the English Channel with record-breaking yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur. Here, he attempts to uncover every last fact and feature about Ellen’s world-class Imoca Open 60 racingyacht – including, perhaps, his heart-rate when the boat banks dramatically during the speed test!

Meanwhile, Ashley visits the Mediterranean for his top trump – a £6million Pershing speedboat. Before long, he is neck-deep in gizmos, gadgets and leather upholstery, but what he really wants to know is how fast can a 75-tonne luxury plaything move? He soon finds his answer – and almost falls overboard as a result.

Once all the facts have been researched and collected, will it be wind power or engine welly that wins the war of the waves? Only time will tell as the duelling duo spar with their statistics for the title of Superyacht Top Trump Champion.

Top Trumps is a brand new series hosted by actor and presenter Robert Llewellyn and presenter Ashley Hames that brings the classic card game to life.

Top Trumps is a 10 x30min series, transmitting in the autumn, that offers a unique take on the timeless card game. Each week the two presenters go head-to-head as they look to outsmart each other in their personal fact finding missions.

Within each show the presenters immerse themselves in everything they’ll ever need to know about their chosen topic and then, as in the card game, they try to get one over each other with their incredible new found facts.

Through high octane experiences and credible experiments each presenter goes into every detail of their extreme machine to try and work out which facts will out-trump the other.

The series will see a whole host of extreme machines, including: Fire Engines; Rescue Rigs; Super Ships; Luxury Cars and Extreme ATV (All Terrain Vehicles).

Others being put to through the Top Trumps test are Super Helicopters; Super Yachts; Super Jets; Mammoth Earthmovers and Warships.

Five’s Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, Ian Dunkley said: “It’s a really inventive and fun way of looking at some of the biggest and fastest machines around.”

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