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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 3 - Jonathan Pryce

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

Full synopsis

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


- 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


  1. Thursday 18th February 2010 at 10:00pm on Dave
  2. Sunday 21st March 2010 at 10:20pm on Dave
  3. Saturday 22nd May 2010 at 9:00pm on Dave
  4. Saturday 4th December 2010 at 7:40pm on Dave
  5. Saturday 24th September 2011 at 9:40am on Dave
  6. Saturday 24th September 2011 at 3:20pm on Dave

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Dave Gorman Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Jonathan Pryce 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



Is the idea of destroying naughty children's teddy bears genius or not?

Featuring: Dave Gorman, Jonathan Pryce.

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