Your top 5 hidden ( or otherwise) gems of regular contributors of content to U Tube we should watch.

This came up at home last night. There is such a wide swathe of dumbed down dross on mainstream TV at present , that even scanning the wide expanse of the schedules to stick the odd programme on the record schedule for viewing at a later date is now providing slim pickings.
As a result , we are now increasingly finding ourselves on the rare occasions when we are sat down in front of the slab on a night, going to u tube for the sort of intelligent tv the rest no longer bothers with.
So , what are the go too channels you subscribe to , and in a brief line tell us why we should as well.
My top list ?
1. Harry’s farm. Harry metcalf , a car nut but also in this case an Oxfordshire farmer, posts throuout the farming year, more educational than Clarkson.( and he started ages ago) you will be hooked and wherever you are from will learn loads you didn’t know about farming in Britain.
2. David Starkey Talks. Like having your own Cambridge history professor give a talk for half an hour, witty, dry and really brings our non woke history alive. My eldest daughters are hooked.
3. Lindybeige. A really really good talker on a wide range of frequently ( but not exclusivly) military or historical subjects. I’ve never yet been tempted to not listen to the end.
4. The history Guy. A sociable American ( Looks like an Ivy League professor) with a hat fetish. Think of his talks as like our “ something from history you never knew” and you won’t go far wrong.
5. Harry’s Garage. Harry metcalf again but based around his barn of ( mostly V12 ) cars and car reviews. This is a huge cut above the usual car based dross as Harry is such an amiable , non poncy, or overly excitable , English country Gentleman. His reviews of electric cars are genuinely informative.
6. The late late Brake show. ex 5 th gear presenter does a quirky car show unearthing many hidden jems. Often far better than I’ve just described it.
7. Everyday Astronaut. An American who does a roundup on what is currently happening in space launches and has evolved into a bloke who all the space launch companies are prepared to talk to.!
His 3 parter guided talk through space x’s set up given personally by Elon Musk was the sort of mesmerising TV the BBC would ( or should) have given their eye teeth for.!
8. curious droid, if you get past his eye popping shirts, it’s a well presented mostly science history based talk with some great visuals.
9 Periscope films. If I ever need to launch a Supermarine Walrus from the Deck of a cruiser I’ll be ok thanks to periscope films archive of war dept ( and much more ) films.
10 Jay Lenno‘s Garage. Just the man who enjoys his toys and so will you.

So what’s your watch list that the rest of us can kill an hour in front of the TV on an evening ?
 
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Just type 'Jordan Peterson' into the Youtube search, either clips of him being interviewed, or part of a panel or his own presentations across myriad subjects are engrossing watches.

*Edit: for those unaware, he's a Canadian psychologist who - among many of his talents - through discussion is able to highlight the inconsistencies of arguments from those you'd describe as being of a 'left leaning' persuasion. He'd just as easily take to task 'right leaning' individuals as well though such people for obvious reasons don't get any airtime.
 
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Just type 'Jordan Peterson' into the Youtube search, either clips of him being interviewed, or part of a panel or his own presentations across myriad subjects are engrossing watches.

*Edit: for those unaware, he's a Canadian psychologist who - among many of his talents - through discussion is able to highlight the inconsistencies of arguments from those you'd describe as being of a 'left leaning' persuasion. He'd just as easily take to task 'right leaning' individuals as well though such people for obvious reasons don't get any airtime.

Jordan Peterson is an absolute legend, I could watch him for hours.
 
JayEmm on cars. A young bloke who does have a thing for fast cars but also does a fair few non super cars and does cracking reviews. You can tell he grew up watching Clarkson but he does have his own personality and style. Very engaging to watch rambling on about all sorts of car stuff and is happy to stick to boot in where it is warranted. Shame about the shirts.
 
1. Harry Dwyer. @Ravers suggested this channel about a year ago. It's a man and his friends taking a small boat 1,700 miles all the way around Great Britain. Covid has played hell with his schedule, so even though it's been nearly two years, he's still only on the Welsh coast. Like @Ravers said, this broadcast would most likely be up for a BAFTA if the Beeb had made it. https://www.youtube.com/c/harrydwyer/videos

2. Marty's Matchbox Makeovers. An Aussie who fixes up old Matchbox toys from the '50s and '60s. It's one of those relaxing things to watch as he fixes up toy cars that have been enthusiastically played with, and returns them to what they'd have looked like fresh from the factory. It makes me feel young again. https://www.youtube.com/c/MartysMatchboxMakeovers

3. Townsend's. A man from Indiana who has a real passion for American colonial history who I believe runs a small "living history" museum. I watch his channel because he will cook using reprinted recipes from the 17th and 18th centuries. Of the few I've tried, they've been great successes. https://www.youtube.com/user/jastownsendandson/videos

4. Jelle's Marble Runs. My go-to for spectator sports when Covid shuts things down, a pro league is on strike, or my Maple Leafs break my heart yet again. I wouldn't have thought that watching marble races could be exciting, but it is. https://www.youtube.com/c/JellesMarbleRuns/videos

5. Triggernometry. Interviews with interesting people, where the hosts don't shout over the interviewee and actually let them speak. A breath of fresh air. https://www.youtube.com/c/Triggerpod/videos

6. John Kirkwood. A former chef from Sunderland who shows how to make pub grub right in your kitchen. His Scotch pie, and Steak pie recipes are winners. https://www.youtube.com/c/JohnKirkwoodProFoodHomemade/videos

I'd have also nominated David Starkey and The Critical Drinker, but others have beaten me to the punch.
 

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I second Harry's (farm) Garage. His road tours are excellent and the trip to the Northern Lights in a Rolls Royce (if I've remembered it right) was brilliant
 

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1. Bloke on the Range - @stoatman and his bud the Chap do some interesting stuff.

2. Forgotten Weapons - The man is building arguably the best firearms museum ever on video, I love museums in person, but it's not like you can pull the exhibits to bits, researching in depth and even occasionally blatting rounds down range from them.

3. Metatron - Ancient world stuff, easy to lose hours watching his vids.

4. Tod's Workshop - Real craftsman.

5. Sky News Australia - Sticking two fingers up at the woke.

6. Clips of Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - Comedy class.

7. Ruined Leon - Another anti woke type, a black man that pokes fun at the various stupid wokeries.

8. Chieftan - Hugely informed tank porn by our very own @California_Tanker with the added comedy of a bloke well over 6ft trying to get in and out of steel boxes designed in some cases for dwarfs.

Loads of others some of which others have already mentioned.
 
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I second Harry's (farm) Garage. His road tours are excellent and the trip to the Northern Lights in a Rolls Royce (if I've remembered it right) was brilliant
He likes it so much it’s had a body Titivate and resides in the car stable with the sobriquet of “ The Artic Rolls”
 
Biker Stuff is an excellent and informative series on the intricacies of two-wheeled motoring and maintenance.

There are always a couple of good points to take note of in each video.
 

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Saling Brothers. A couple of welsh brothers who are about as far away from the posh yottie stereotype as it is possible to be. They covered a circumnavigation of Britain and are now on their way across the Atlantic. What I particularly like is that they are open about when then are less than confident.

Western Front Association. Lectures on all aspects of the great war.

British Muzzle Loaders. A Canadian who covers a range of the history of British musketry from the 1700s(IIRC) to the second war.

C&Rsenal - a complement to Forgotten weapons already mentioned and Mae is easier on the eye than Gun Jesus. Can be overlong though.

Tank Museum Workshop Diaries - What it says on the tin, particularly good was the sub-series when the completely rebuilt a Matilda 2. Tank chats is ok but I think David Fletcher overrated.

And an endorsement of Periscope films already mentioned together with the British Pathe archive
 
1Tom Scott - for all sorts of 'stuff you might not know'/'Amazing places'/'Built for science'

Zefrank 1 - True Facts About Everything. Science. (wierd, funny and accurate stuff about animals.)

Joolz guides - Rather Splendid London Walking Tours

Fully Charged - Fully Charged is the world's number 1 clean energy & electric vehicle channel. Founded and hosted by Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf, Scrapheap Challenge, Carpool).

Miniatur Wunderland -Official Channel of the largest model railway in the world. Located in Hamburg, Germany.

Cold war conversations -An award-winning podcast recording the personal stories and lesser known aspects of the Cold War.

Tim Hunkin -This channel is about Tim Hunkin's work. It includes his TV work, arcade machines, public clocks and his recent youtube 'Secret life of Components' videos.

The Brirish Museum -particularly teh contributions of Dr Irving Finkel
 
I know he’s a bit marmite, but Guy Martin has some stuff on utube that isn’t just lifted off his TVStuff.
obv didn’t make the edit on his Lancaster tv prog but I watched a half hour of him help to recover an aeleron off the Lancaster with the man.
no tv bullshit or invented time jeopardy just fascinating work.
His self deprecating tale of his own Merlin mishap is rather good too.
I think the link is Guy Martin Passions.
For a self taught engineering nut whose boundless enthusiasm makes Guy look positively drugged you have to try
Colinfurze.
( any man who can build an auto loader spud cannon or a real flying bike/ speedster for fun to see if it can be done is worth watching) he sounds like he lives off red bull or speed though.
 
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I second Harry's (farm) Garage. His road tours are excellent and the trip to the Northern Lights in a Rolls Royce (if I've remembered it right) was brilliant

He has just had that Rolls done up. Not massively but enough to keep it on the road for the next 20 years.
 
History Matters. Short history videos delivered at high speed. I normally need to rewatch and pause a few times to catch everything.

Taofledermaus. Californians shooting weird shit out of shotguns.

World War Two. WWII week by week, brought to you by the same people who did The Great War.

Also agree with those who posted
C&Rsenal
David Starkey Talks
Forgotten Weapons
The Chieftain
The History Guy
The Western Front Association
Tod's Workshop
Tom Scott
Triggernometry
 
If you want to know how to process anything British Game - fur, feather and sometimes fin and turn it into good food - look no further ....

https://www.youtube.com/c/TheScottReaproject

This chap John Locker ( ex RN Aircraft Technician ) is a fount of knowledge in all things sea-fishing, coastal foraging, spear-fishing , with useful boat safety stuff thrown in.

https://www.youtube.com/c/TheFishLocker

When Covid first hit I decided to start growing food for the family. By a lucky coincidence there was an abandoned smallholding next door to my brothers house so we got stuck-in and I now could not imagine being without it. Charles Dowding showed me the way.

https://www.youtube.com/c/CharlesDowding1nodig

Jason is a possum-trapper in NZ.
Spends a lot of time out in the Fjordland bush doing this plus hunting Red deer and wild boar.
" Sweet ! "

https://www.youtube.com/c/KeepingItWild/featured

Plus a huge nod above-mentioned BoTR, Forgotten Weapons, Jordan Peterson, Triggernometry, David Starkey, etc. etc.
 
Colin Furze amuses me. Heath Robinson meets off the wall engineering based curiousity: failures not edited out.

Second Jordan Petersen

Second Tom Scott

Also like the Ted Talk library: anything from the whimsical, via psychology, the arts, engineering, personal developement to concerning future thinking. A pick and mix for the mind. explosive science and mathmatics of weight loss are two favourites, for unexpected reasons

editing in the ones I forgot:

I also went through a phase of NautiStyles - looking around yachts - guide and cameraman are both qualified captains and live aboard their own yacht / do charters .

And I just enjoy this pair for who they are: How to renovate a chateau (without Killing your partner) . Ideal tea-break distraction - Nathan's french lessons being a feature.....
 
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