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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 5 - Germaine Greer

Author, feminist and critic Germaine Greer judges whether or not the public's ideas are "Genuis or Not".

Full synopsis

Genius With Dave Gorman. Image shows from L to R: Germaine Greer, Dave Gorman. Copyright: BBC.


- Fruit machine ATMs: Not genius

- Female-only votes that redress the balance of history: Winning genius

- Onionade as a drink: Not genius

- Randomising the days of the week by lottery: Genius

- Bars for women, with resident cat hosts: Not genius

Red Button Extras

- An out-take involving a lamp.

- Rejected ideas: A magazine rack that can fit underneath a mattress; Decision making slippers that tell you what to do; a "Uncle Easter" similar to Father Christmas; Make the word "Knickers" singular and "Bra" plural; Water-proof karaoke machines for singing in the shower; Apple-flavoured, apple-shaped pears; "Not in service" signs for hearses so that you know you can overtake; Everyone should take their turn when it comes to laying the table; Make car bumpers magnetic and have the front and back bumpers have opposing polarities, so that cars would repel each other and thus reduce car crashes; All urine should be collected, treated and recycled back into water rather than being flushed down toilets - "I'm not sure what to do with the poo yet".

- An extended edition of the lottery week system, featuring an actual lottery and the voice of Alan Dedicoat.

Broadcast details

Friday 24th April 2009
30 minutes


  1. Thursday 4th March 2010 at 10:00pm on Dave
  2. Saturday 17th July 2010 at 7:40pm on Dave
  3. Saturday 18th December 2010 at 7:40pm on Dave
  4. Friday 2nd September 2011 at 11:20am on Dave
  5. Saturday 1st October 2011 at 2:40pm on Dave

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Dave Gorman Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Germaine Greer 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


Onion Juice

Dave Gorman and Germaine Greer sample some fizzy onion juice.

Featuring: Dave Gorman, Germaine Greer.

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