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

Genius With Dave Gorman

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

Genius With Dave Gorman. Image shows from L to R: Jonathan Pryce, Dave Gorman. Copyright: BBC.

Series 1, Episode 3 - Jonathan Pryce

One of Britain's greatest actors, Jonathan Pryce, comes along to judge the ideas of the British public.

Further details


- Weighing scales built into shoes: Genius

- Have appropriate regional accents for weather forecasts so you know which part to listen to (e.g. a Yorkshire accent for the weather in Yorkshire): Genius

- Making the Isle of Wight symmetrical to increase tourism: Winning genius

- A-bear-toirs: a place where naughty children go to have their teddy bear destroyed: Not genius

(Ideas from the reject bin included making coffeemate with actual coffee; one-size-fits-all wheelbarrows; back-up shoes, in which there is a spare shoe in the heel of each shoe in case your shoe gets lost; pre-slice vegetables in order to cut down on knife crime; 25-hour moisturiser for people who want a lay-in; "Bikes for Mikes" in which anyone called "Mike" would get a bike and anyone called "Michael" would get a bicycle; build a rollercoaster near Gateshead; renting houses; and a separate emergency phone number for hoax calls.)

Red Button Extras

- Extra idea - Mouse Trap: The Musical: Not genius.

- A guide to making an a-bear-trois rack.

- Speed genius: Jonathan considers some more ideas and gives his view instantly: Colour-coordinating everything in supermarkets so that similar coloured items are next to each other, e.g. carrots next to oranges (Genius); Backwards news - start with the least important events and finish with the most important (Genius); Interforna, which is like Interflora but with toads (Not genius); save money on the 2012 Olympics by outsourcing it to Beijing (Genius); every car should have a "How am I driving?" sticker and the number printed should be that of the driver's parents (Not genius); everyone should have their own theme tune (Genius); and an idea to solve the problems in the middle east (time runs out before idea is given).

Broadcast details

Friday 3rd April 2009
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

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



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