Mechanical Monsters

Historian Simon Schaffer tells the stories behind some of the most extra-ordinary engineering wonders of the 19th century. Computers made from cogs and gears, giant replica dinosaurs, enormous telescopes, vast steam pumps and devices that herald the birth of cinema, these machines embody our love-hate relationship with technology. Through stunning images of amazing machines, this film poses questions that still resonate today – will the machines we build save us, replace us or even destroy us?