James May: The Reassembler

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Food Mixer

Series 2 - Episode 2 Food Mixer



Mr May starts his latest project – a Kenwood Chef food mixer – in frosty mood. “There’s going to be some soldering in a minute. I hate soldering,” he grumbles. He cheers up when it comes to the mixer’s gear mechanism. Fondling one of the cogs he says, “I know that’s going to feel nice with some grease on it,” before offering some reflections on how the precise shape of the teeth on a cog have taken thousands of years for humankind to perfect.

It’s this kind of emotional engagement with the stuff of machines – going from Eeyorish to enthusiastic and back again – that makes May’s oily brand of slow TV so watchable. That and the satisfying talk of armatures and retaining screws; circlips and the perils of capacitors. Plus, in the end, he makes some chocolate cake mix, to prove it all works.


James reassembles the 135 parts that make up a 1960s Kenwood Chef a701a food mixer, which revolutionised cooking and saved time for millions of people.

Cast & Crew

Presenter James May
Director Dan Lewis
Executive Producer Will Daws
Executive Producer Stuart Cabb
Series Producer Dan Lewis
Writer James May
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