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Tom's Fantastic Floating Home

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Inventor Tom Lawton devises new imaginative ways to improve everyday living as over a summer he transforms a derelict old boat into a fantastic floating home

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Inventor Tom Lawton devises new imaginative ways to improve everyday living as over a summer he transforms a derelict old boat into a fantastic floating home

Series 1 Summary

The mind of inventor Tom Lawton is a busy place. He's invented skate bikes, bubble cameras, wind-powered lighting systems and recordable alarm clocks.

Now Tom's exploring new ways of living, from cooking and sleeping to entertaining, as he turns an old boat into a dream home.

Each invention aims to solve an everyday problem. How can you get a perfect night's sleep? How do you turn a living room into an outside space? How do you water your plants when you're on holiday?

Tom takes inspiration from his six-year-old son Barney, and travels round the country meeting like-minded inventors and experiencing other extraordinary examples of engineering.

  • Tom's Fantastic Floating Home

    Episode 1 - Shelter and Security

    Tom tackles the challenges of shelter and security, coming up with an 'all seeing eye' to ward off potential intruders, an armadillo-inspired retractable roof, and a grow & go garden that maintains itself.

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    Episode 2 - Cooking and Eating

    Tom focusses his fertile imagination on the way we cook and eat. Taking inspiration from fellow inventors and feats of engineering, he designs some space-saving pop-up furniture, an indoor-outdoor barbecue to combat the variable British weather, and an aquabike that can be used on land and water.

  • Tom's Fantastic Floating Home

    Episode 3 - Rest and Relaxation

    Tom works tirelessly to complete his fantastic floating home before taking it for a maiden voyage down river, re-imagining the settee as a star-gazing sofa, bringing light below deck with a fibre optic solar jellyfish, and making an inflatable bed out of tennis balls.

Tom's Fantastic Floating Home synopsis

Inventor Tom Lawton devises new imaginative ways to improve everyday living as over a summer he transforms a derelict old boat into a fantastic floating home

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