Dara O Briain: School Of Hard Sums. Dara O Briain.

Dara O Briain: School Of Hard Sums

Dave comedy about maths. 24 episodes (3 series), 2012 - 2014. Stars Dara O Briain and Marcus du Sautoy.

Series 1, Episode 6

Dara O'Briain examines how maths saves lives. He has comedian Alex Horne on hand to help him.

Further details

One problem that the two funny men have to solve involves four full shot glasses. That sounds like a fun problem to have, but one shot glass contains a deadly poison, and you have to drink three of them. So how do you know which one contains the poison?

Fortunately, you have 2 test tubes which detect the presence of poison and you can take drops of liquid from any shot glass and place them in any test tube. Will Dara and Alex use the test tubes correctly, or will it be a shorter series than we'd planned for?

Broadcast details

Monday 21st May 2012
40 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Dara O Briain Host / Presenter
    Marcus du Sautoy (as Prof Marcus Du Sautoy) Self
    Guest cast
    Alex Horne Guest
    Thomas Crawford Self
    Samiha Ismail Self
    Writing team
    Sarah Morgan Writer
    Ged Parsons Writer
    George Sawyer Writer
    Colin Swash Writer
    Production team
    Mike Bradley Director
    Samuel Wilkinson Director
    Richard Valentine Director
    Sean Miller Series Producer
    Mike Bradley Producer
    Samuel Wilkinson Producer
    Helen Younger Producer
    Richard Watsham Executive Producer
    Katherine Parsons Executive Producer
    Phil Morrow Executive Producer
    Simon Hornbrook Editor
    Malcolm Finch Editor
    Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
    Marc Sylvan Composer

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