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Genius With Dave Gorman. Dave Gorman. Copyright: BBC.

Genius With Dave Gorman

BBC Two panel show. 13 episodes (pilot + 2 series), 2009 - 2010. Stars Dave Gorman.

Series 1, Episode 1 - Catherine Tate

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

Full synopsis

Genius With Dave Gorman. Catherine Tate. Copyright: BBC.


- 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.

Broadcast details

Friday 20th March 2009
30 minutes


  1. Thursday 4th February 2010 at 10:00pm on Dave
  2. Sunday 21st March 2010 at 9:00pm on Dave
  3. Saturday 8th May 2010 at 7:00pm on Dave
  4. Saturday 27th November 2010 at 7:00pm on Dave
  5. Wednesday 26th January 2011 at 6:30pm on Dave
  6. Saturday 10th September 2011 at 3:20pm on Gold

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Dave Gorman Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Catherine Tate Guest
Production team
John L Spencer Director
Simon Nicholls Producer
Ali Bryer Carron Executive Producer
Armando Iannucci Executive Producer
Mark Lawrence Editor
Nick Peto Editor
Simon Rogers Production Designer


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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