Episode 1.1 - Catherine Tate

This edition sees comedienne and Doctor Who assistant Catherine Tate deciding which ideas are 'Genius' and which are not.

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In-Depth Episode Synopsis

Warning: the below synopsis may contain spoilers


- The two hooded coat, for protecting your date from the rain: Winner

- The democratic bus in which the passengers get to say where it goes: Not genius.

- Taxi drivers taking shoes as insurance: Genius

- 100-metre-high running shoes to make sprint racing easier: Genius

(Ideas from the reject bin included making bricks four times bigger so houses can be built quicker; wig alert badges; the George Formby grill; cold air balloon rides for those scared of heights; and a suggestion that everything should have a bobble on it)

Red Button Extras

- Extra idea - Monkey txt: give a few monkeys a type writer and publish what they write within the first week: Not genius.

- An animation of an olympic race featuring the 100-metre-high running shoes.

- Ideas from other celebrities: Richard Herring, Miranda Hart, Alex James, Jeremy Vine and Marcus Brigstocke.

First Broadcast Details

Fri 20th March 2009
1.67 million viewers (8.9% audience share)
30 minutes

Main Repeats

  • Sat 8th May 2010 (7:00pm, Dave)
  • Sat 27th Nov 2010 (7:00pm, Dave)
  • Wed 26th Jan 2011 (6:30pm, Dave)
  • Sat 10th Sep 2011 (3:20pm, Gold)

Episode 1.1 Cast & Crew

Regular Cast
Dave Gorman (I) ... Host / Presenter
Guest Cast
Catherine Tate ... Guest
Production Team
John L Spencer ... Director
Simon Nicholls ... Producer
Ali Bryer Carron ... Exec Producer
Armando Iannucci ... Exec Producer
Simon Rogers ... Production Design
Mark Lawrence ... Editor
Nick Peto ... Editor

Video Clip From This Episode

The Democrabus

Is the idea of letting the passengers vote which way a bus should go genius or not?

Featuring: Dave Gorman, Catherine Tate.

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