For over four decades Die Hard and Indiana Jones have captivated audiences with jaw-dropping action sequences and thrilling adventures, but could you survive some of the infamous stunts in these films? The Unofficial Science Of… returns to Sky Max with two new specials: The Unofficial Science of Die Hard and The Unofficial Science of Indiana Jones.
This Christmas, Chris Ramsey and Paul Chowdhry, alongside engineer Zoe Laughlin, will scientifically assess stunts from much-loved Christmas action film, Die Hard. From rooftop escapes to walking over shattered glass, Chris and Paul will put the stunts to the test to discover how to tackle them in real life. Along the way, the pair will set out to answer the biggest question of all: is Die Hard a Christmas film?
Coming soon to Sky Max, Greg James and Maisie Adam will team up to take on family favourite, Indiana Jones. Join the pair as they learn how to dodge poisonous darts, outrun giant boulders and survive fireballs.
Whilst both duos explore the stunts of the films, Alex Brooker returns to explore the sets and meet iconic cast members to hear their favourite on-set memories.
Chris Ramsey said: “As a die-hard Die Hard fan, I’m chuffed to be working on this amazing project! It’s honestly one of my favourite films of all time, and this is almost like I get to be in it a bit, which is incredible! Who wouldn’t want to have a go at some of the most iconic action sequences to ever exist? Don’t try this at home!”
Greg James said: “I spent most of my childhood completely obsessed with recreating special effects and stunts and as I’ve grown up, life got in the way of carrying this on. So, when Sky asked if I wanted to see how some of the most impressive and famous stunts in the history of cinema were made, I’ve never said “YES PLEASE” quicker. Maisie and I are going to have so much fun.”
The Unofficial Science of Die Hard (1×90) and The Unofficial Science of Indiana Jones (1×90) were commissioned by Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment on behalf of Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content for Sky UK and Ireland. The Unofficial Science specials are produced by Naked, a Fremantle label. The Commissioning Editor for Sky is Shirley Jones and the Executive Producers for Naked are Cam de la Huerta and Gregor Lauder. The first Unofficial Science special, The Unofficial Science of Home Alone, which explored the cult-classic Christmas film Home Alone, was Sky’s biggest original entertainment launch of 2022.
Shirley Jones, Commissioning Editor, said: “I’m excited to be collaborating once more with Naked on such an original and entertaining format, and I’m so looking forward to watching Chris, Paul, Greg and Maisie take on some of the most iconic and well-loved stunts in the history of cinema.”
Managing Director of Naked, Tom O’Brien said: “It’s great to be back working with Sky on two more Unofficial Science specials. The unique mix of comedy, big stunts, seasonal cheer, and premium sheen make them a must-see spectacular. One that’s really blown up with the viewers.”