Britain's Brainiest Kid

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Britain's Brainiest Kid
Britain's Brainiest Kid logo.JPG
Presented by Carol Vorderman
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Celador
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original run 9 August 2001 (2001-08-09) – 2002

Britain's Brainiest Kid was a British television quiz show produced by Celador, which originally aired in a one-off special format on ITV on 9 August 2001, hosted by Carol Vorderman. A subsequent series was aired in late 2002.

2001 special[edit]

The original featured four different rounds:

  • A set of 12 multiple choice questions, whittling down the number of male contestants from 12 to 3.
  • A set of 12 multiple choice questions, whittling down the number of female contestants from 12 to 3.
  • A subject-based round, where contestants answered questions on two subjects, this halved the number of competitors to 3.
  • A final round, where the remaining 3 contestants were tested on their own specialist subject and that of their fellow finalists

The winner of the original special was Laura Hibbert of North Yorkshire, whose specialist subject was Charles Dickens.[1]

Alex "Brains" Marshall was runner up. Marshall's specialist subject was the United Arab Emirates. Richard "Helium" Thomas came third. His specialist subject was the Plantagenets

2002 edition[edit]

For 2002, the show was resurrected, with ten half-hour heats and qualification to a 90 minute grand final show. The heats were presented by Tess Daly, and the grand final by Carol Vorderman again. There was also a format change in 2002, with tie breakers being replaced by "Codexs" after the mammoth tie-break in the 2001 show. There were also several spin off shows, such as Britain's Brainiest Footballer and Britain's Brainiest Cabbie after the success of the 2001 show. However the 2002 show was not as successful and Celador eventually announced that the series would not return for a third series.

The winner of the 2002 series was Christopher Guerin (specialist subject: Thomas Becket)[2]

International versions[edit]

Country Name Host Channel Year aired
 Armenia [3] Ամենախելացին
Amenaxelacin
Armenia TV 14 March 2015
 Australia Australia's Brainiest Kid Sandra Sully
Samuel Shaed
Seven Network
Network Ten
5 November 2004
25 September 2005
 Belgium (Dutch) [4] Het Verstand Van Vlaanderen Koen Wauters
Rani De Coninck
Vtm 2004-2008
 Belgium (French) [4] Le Grand Concours des Enfants Alain Simons RTL-TVI 2006
 Denmark [5] Danmarks Klogeste Barn Thomas Mygind TV Danmark 31 August 2005
 France Le Grand Concours des Animateurs Carole Rousseau TF1 23 March 2002
 Finland [6] Valiojoukko Satu Ruotsalaisen mtv3 autumn 2004
 Georgia [7] ყველაზე ჭკვიანი
Yvelaze chkviani
Nino Khoshtaria Rustavi 2 2004
 Germany [8] Deutschland klügste kinder Bärbel Schäfer RTL II 2009
 Greece Ο Πιο Εξυπνοσ
O Pio Exupnos
Unknown Unknown Unknown
 Italy Il migliore - Sfida d'intelligenza Mike Bongiorno Rete 4 2006 - 2007
 Japan [9] Brainiest ブレイニスト Yoko Oshita TV Asahi 7 January 2012
 New Zealand [10] New Zealand's Brainiest Kid Bernadine Oliver-Kerby TVNZ February–March 2006
 Poland [11] Dzieciaki z klasą Martyna Wojciechowska TVN 23 March 2004
 Portugal [12] Mentes Brilhantes Bárbara Guimarães SIC 6 October 2002
 Russia,  Ukraine Самый умный
Sami‘y umni‘y
[13]
Tina Kandelaki STS, 1+1(Ukraine), Inter (Ukraine) 2003 - 2012
 Singapore [14] Singapore's Brainiest Kid Cheryl Fox MediaCorp Channel 5 2003
 Sweden Sveriges smartaste barn Sofia Wistam TV3 2007
 Turkey [15] Bilen Parmak Kaldırsın Cemil Büyükdöğerli TRT Çocuk 20 March 2009
 Ukraine [16] Найрозумніший Дорослі ігри
Nayrozumnishy'y Dorosli igry
Paulo Skorohodko [17] 1+1 2008
Самый умный
Samiy umniy
[18]
Tina Kandelaki 1+1, Inter 2003 - 2012
Ludmila Dobrovolska Ukrayina 10 March 2013 - 17 June 2013
 Vietnam [19] Chinh Phục - Vietnam's Brainiest Kid Nguyễn Thanh Vân
An Huy Trần
VTV6 2013–present

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Laura is Britain's brainiest youngster, The Northern Echo, 11 August 2001.
  2. ^ "CBBC Newsround | UK | Christopher, 12, is Brainiest kid in Britain". BBC News. 2003-01-01. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Brainiest". armeniatv.am. Retrieved 2015-03-24. 
  4. ^ a b "RTL-TVI : Générique Le Grand Concours des Enfants (2006)". GenTV.be. 2006-09-19. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Danmarks klogeste barn (2005– )". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  6. ^ "Viihde - MTV.fi" (in Finnish). Mtv3.fi. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Rustavi 2". Rustavi 2. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  8. ^ "RTL 2 - Moderatorin". Web.archive.org. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2015-03-07. 
  9. ^ "テレビ朝日|Brainiest(ブレイニスト)". Tv-asahi.co.jp. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "MediaNews.com.pl". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2015-03-07. 
  12. ^ "VÊM AÍ AS MENTES BRILHANTES - TV & Media - Correio da Manhã". Cmjornal.xl.pt. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  13. ^ In common with Ukraine
  14. ^ [2][dead link]
  15. ^ "Bilen parmak kaldırsın". Cicicee.com. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  16. ^ "Канал "Україна" відновить формат шоу "Найрозумніший", але без Тіни Канделакі". Telekritika.ua. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  17. ^ "Програму "Найрозумніший. Дорослі ігри" на "1+1" вестиме Павло Скороходько". Telekritika.ua. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  18. ^ In common with Russia
  19. ^ "Chinh Phục - Vietnam's Brainiest Kid". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 

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