- Genius (Radio series)
Infobox Radio Show
show_name = Genius
imagesize = 200px
caption = The cover of "Genius" Series 1
format = Comedy game show
runtime = 30 minutes
country = flagicon|UK
language = English
BBC Radio 4
television = Pilot recorded in November 2007.
Full series to be recorded in September 2008 for BBC Two.
creator = Ali Crockatt
27 October 2005
5 November 2007
num_series = 3
num_episodes = 17
website = [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/comedy/genius.shtml Radio 4 "Genius" homepage]
"Genius" is a
BBC Radio 4comedy gameshow presented by comedian Dave Gorman. Listeners send in 'genius' ideas which are considered by Gorman and a guest before a studio audience, with a different guest for each show. One series of five episodes was broadcast between 27 Octoberand 24 November 2005, with a CD of the first series was released on 27 November 2006. The second series was broadcast between 7 Septemberand 12 October 2006, with a CD released in 7 January 2008and a third series between 1 Octoberand 5 November 2007. An unbroadcast television pilot was made in November 2007,cite web|last=Wolf|first=Ian|url=http://www.sitcom.co.uk/news/news.php?story=000279|title=A Genius TV programme|publisher=British Sitcom Guide|date=2007-09-19|accessdate=2007-09-20] with a full series to be recorded for BBC Twoin September 2008. [cite news|last=Dowell|first=Ben|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/apr/28/television.bbc|title=Gorman's Genius set for BBC2|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2008-04-28|accessdate=2008-04-28]
The series was created by
Ali Crockattand David Scott, and is produced by Simon Nicholls.
People send their ideas to "Genius" and, if chosen, travel to a recording of the show to put forward their idea to the audience. Superficially, the idea must have some quality by which it will improve the standard of living either for the individual or society at large, although in reality, the it is more important that the idea has comedic value. An early addition to the rules was that
evil geniusshould count. Most ideas are created by one person, however it is possible for an idea to be made by more than one person. There are normally five different ideas on every episode.
The idea can be anything, such as an
invention, a lawor a government policy. The idea does not have to be very expensive, or even ethical. Some ideas are constructed or otherwise trialled in real life, and the consequences are played out to their extremes. The guest then decides if the idea is "Genius or not".
Once all five ideas have been put forward, the guest then picks his/her two favourites. The winner out of these two is chosen by the audience, by applauding for their choice. The one with the loudest applause wins the "coveted" "Genius" trophy. Since series two, the winner also reads the end credits.
* [http://epguides.com/Genius/ "Genius" episode guide]
* [http://www.comedy.org.uk/guide/radio/genius/ "Genius"] on the British Comedy Guide
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/genius/ "Genius"] TV version
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