Danger! Parents warn their children, caution labels abound, and common sense dictates that there are just certain things that one must never, ever do – especially at home. But turning this accepted wisdom on its head, Discovery presents Never Do This At Home , an “explosive” new Canadian series premiering Monday, May 6 with back-to-back episodes at 9 and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. The 13-part series blends science, danger, and comedy when hosts Teddy Wilson (INNERSPACE) and Norm Sousa (The Sketchersons) conduct madcap experiments and test the limits of what a house can withstand – and beyond.
In each episode, the two dangerously unqualified hosts precariously mix, ignite, flood, explode, and otherwise wreak havoc on the contents of a charming old farmhouse in southwestern Ontario – no appliance or fixture is safe in their hands! Never Do This At Home , produced by Toronto’s Insight Production Company Ltd. in association with Discovery Canada and Bell Media, is based on a format devised by Norwegian broadcaster NRK and distributed by DRG.
Don’t most people – secretly – want to know what would happen if they ignored the safety warnings? Why can’t she garden with explosives, or heat tin cans directly on the stove? Why shouldn’t he flood a second-floor room to test its threshold, or make moonshine in the garden shed? As Wilson and Sousa test these “nevers” and more, staging elaborate trials using conventional products, household appliances, volatile gases, and professional-grade explosives – essentially whatever they can get their hands on – they reveal the extreme dangers lurking behind commonplace warnings. Never Do This At Home also features a team of special effects and fire safety professionals, plus experts from various fields of demolition, chemistry, and radiation, to maximize the consequences – and keep Wilson and Sousa out of harm’s way (most of the time…). With 20 cameras capturing every angle – including highly-specialized “Phantoms” that can record 2,650 frames per second for the ultimate in slow-motion replay — the series showcases the legitimate physics and chemistry behind the outrageous cause-and-effect consequences of Wilson and Sousa’s experiments in stunning detail.
Through the series, the pair stages a death match between a toaster and a popcorn maker, makes spaghetti in a washer/dryer, brews coffee in a hot water tank, adds a doorway, moves a piano downstairs (with the help of explosives), returns to the water tank to brew beer, fills car tires until they explode, and turns a car into a “convertible” with the help of a little thermite…
With so much explosive action and outrageous outtakes, Never Do This At Home can’t be contained to broadcast! Viewers can visit Discovery.ca to find exclusive video, photo galleries, and show information – updated through the run of the series. Viewers who are astounded and amazed can extend their experience through the Discovery Social Screen and on mobile via the Discovery App, and join the explosive Never Do This At Home conversation with hosts Teddy Wilson and Norm Sousa during live chats on Twitter (@NeverEverAtHome) during each Monday’s 9 and 9:30 p.m. ET broadcast (hashtag #NeverEverDoThis).
This ratings-winning format originates from Norwegian broadcaster NRK, where its resounding success led to productions quickly sprouting in Denmark, Sweden, and Germany. U.K.-based independent distributor DRG brokered the deal with Toronto-based Insight Productions, who secured Discovery Canada as the perfect broadcast partner for this first-ever English-language version.
Now if only Shaw would carry Investigation Discovery……