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James’s Toy Stories: on telly tonight

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UPDATE: If you missed James’s show on BBC Two last night, then catch it here on the BBC iPlayer.

If your Top Gear withdrawal symptoms have hit the shaky-hands phase, don’t worry: it’s Really Not Very Long until Series 14 hits your screens. Even though, thanks to the vagaries of BBC scheduling, we’re not allowed to tell you exactly when. Let’s say, er, mid-November. Yeah, that’ll do.

But if you need a fix of middle-aged men arsing around in a childish fashion, we have good news: the first episode of James May’s Toy Stories screens tonight at 8pm on BBC2.

If you keep a close eye on you’ll know what to expect over the six episodes of JMTS: James and a team of helpful volunteers creating the world’s biggest Scalextrix track, Lego house, model railway, Plasticine garden and Meccano bridge.

The first episode, though, sees James attempting to create a lifesize Spitfire plane… using Airfix modelling kits.

“The premise of the whole series is that when you’re a kid, you have boundless imagination and massive ambition for your toys, but you have very limited resources” says James. “When you’re an adult, you can potentially have as much as you want, but by then you’ve lost the vision. We’ve tried to combine the mind of the child with the resources of the adult world.”

So that’s James May’s Toy Stories, starting tonight at 8pm on BBC2. Make sure you tune in, or else you’ll have to, er, watch it tomorrow on the iPlayer…

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