Matt Gray

Broadcast engineer who dabbles in photography, video and web stuff.

Northerner based in London.

Technical Difficulties Shows


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How to land in an emergency

Freddie Mercury Thermometer

Freddie Mercury Thermometer

Chess Clock Jenga

How to land a plane in an emergency

Monday 8th September 2014

How possible would it be to land a plane in an emergency? We were given access to a million pound flight simulator in Cambridge to find out thanks to Comic Relief's School of YouTube!

Watch "How to land a plane in an emergency" here!


Monday 30th June 2014

We present Emojli - the emoji-only network.

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Chess Clock Jenga

Friday, 18th April 2014

We've invented a new game: Chess Clock Jenga. It's... well, it's Jenga with a chess clock, but you probably worked that out already.

Watch Chess Clock Jenga

Citation Needed + New Podcasts

Thursday 27th March 2014

The Technical Difficulties team is back, and this time we're playing a new game, Citation Needed, on camera, released to YouTube on Wednesdays.

Also, our usual reverse trivia podcast is back with episodes on Thursdays

Watch and Subscribe to Citation Needed

Listen to the Technical Difficulties Podcast

Can You Cook Bacon Using Hair Curlers?

Sunday 19th January 2014

It's a question that the internet doesn't appear to have sufficently answered - until now!

In this fully scientific experiment, Tom Scott and I find out: Can you cook bacon using hair curlers?

Tom's Language Files

Sunday 29th December 2013

Over the last few months, I've helped Tom Scott film a series of linguistics videos in Youtube Space London. They're made assuming no prior knowledge, so you don't need a degree in linguistics to understand them!

Watch Tom's Language Files

The Guy Who Audio Describes Porn

Monday 29th July 2013

"All popular TV channels are required to have audio-description now. Sooner or later, that's going to get embarrassing. A (safe for work) look into the voiceover gig no one wants."

Another video I've helped Tom Scott make. Watch The Guy Who Audio Describes Porn

The Freddie Mercury Thermometer

Saturday 9th March 2013

The Freddie Mercury Thermometer uses the Queen singer's voice to tell us the temperature.

The Technical Difficulties Podcast

Sunday 17th February 2013

The podcast is now back for it's third run! If you're new to it, and like a combination of toilet humour and trivia then you may enjoy it!

Listen on iTunes or Listen at

Four Men In A Car

Tuesday 2nd October 2012

After the latest batch of podcast recording sessions, the Tech Dif crew took a road trip. It lasted for hours. We cut it down to 90 seconds.

Watch The Road Trip here

50 Shades of Matt Gray

Sunday 29th July 2012

A big box of sunglasses arrived unexpectedly in the post the other day. There was only thing that could happen: "50 Shades of Matt Gray"

Mini Golf: Joystick Controlled Labyrinth

Thursday 19th April 2012

To celebrate his 10,000th day on this earth Tom Scott held a Ridiculous Mini Golf Party for which I designed and built a mini golf hole inspired by a ball bearing Labyrinth toy.

Labyrinth Minigolf

Mini Golf: Joystick Controlled Labyrinth, and how I made it

UK #Aurora Map

Monday 23rd January 2012

Having seen a lot of talk on twitter about the recent solar activity and questions about how south an aurora may be visible, I put together a map which shows where in the UK twitter users report to be able to see the Northern Lights.

I have updated this so it is now possible to map tweets about aurorae being witnessed across the USA, Canada and South Africa as well as the UK.

Check out the #aurora map!

The Paint Colour Name Generator

Tuesday 24th January 2012

As a friend observed recently, paint colours always have silly names. I thought it would be right to suggest some additions to the colour range.

Try The Paint Colour Name Generator!

The Northern Nocturnal Cracker Consumption Championships

Friday 6th January 2012

Three cream crackers. Two men. One minute. No water.

This is what happens when the Technical Difficulties crew meet up on a windy night in York, and someone mentions the one-minute cracker-eating challenge. They thought it'd be easy. They were wrong.

Watch The Northern Nocturnal Cracker Consumption Championships

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