Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom
Title cards for Series 1-2
Also known asAppsolute Genius (2014–15)
Absolute Genius: Super Tech (2015–16)
Absolute Genius: Monster Builds (2016)
Presented byRichard McCourt
Dominic Wood
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series5
No. of episodes46
Running time30 minutes
Original release
NetworkCBBC (2013–2016)
CBBC HD (2013–2016)
Release23 January 2013 (2013-01-23) –
21 December 2016 (2016-12-21)

Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom is a British television series broadcast on CBBC and presented by Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood (Dick and Dom). In each episode the duo study the work of a genius (3 in later series) and attempt to recreate one of their ideas, occasionally with some improvements using technology not available in the subject's lifetime. They are assisted by Fran Scott (credited as Science Consultant) and experts in the field of what is being studied.

The series was one of several commissioned by the BBC to interest young children in science, it follows the success of Professor Brian Cox who has been credited with making teenagers interested in the subject. The BBC chose Dick and Dom as the appropriate presenters for the intended age group.[1]

In November 2014, Dick and Dom won the 2014 Children's Presenter BAFTA Award for series 2 of the show [2]

In summer 2014, CBBC renewed the program for a third and fourth series. The third was called Appsolute Genius and explored video games, while the fourth, Absolute Genius: Super Tech looked at technology from around the world. The fifth and final series, titled Absolute Genius: Monster Builds, was filmed and released in 2016 and looked at geniuses behind monster builds.[3]

Series overview[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11023 January 201327 March 2013
21022 January 20142 April 2014
387 October 201426 March 2015
4828 October 201518 February 2016
51019 October 201621 December 2016

Episode list[edit]

Series 1 (2013)[edit]

#TitleGenius studiedOriginal air date
1"Archimedes"Archimedes of Syracuse23 January 2013 (2013-01-23)
2"Von Braun"Wernher von Braun30 January 2013 (2013-01-30)
3"Newton"Isaac Newton6 February 2013 (2013-02-06)
4"Faraday"Michael Faraday13 February 2013 (2013-02-13)
5"Derbyshire"Delia Derbyshire20 February 2013 (2013-02-20)
6"Bazalgette"Joseph Bazalgette27 February 2013 (2013-02-27)
7"Watt"James Watt6 March 2013 (2013-03-06)
8"Widdowson"Elsie Widdowson13 March 2013 (2013-03-13)
9"Da Vinci"Leonardo da Vinci20 March 2013 (2013-03-20)
10"Brunel"Isambard Kingdom Brunel27 March 2013 (2013-03-27)

Series 2 (2014)[edit]

#TitleGenius(es) studiedOriginal air date
11"Episode 1 The Wright Brothers"Wright brothers22 January 2014 (2014-01-22)
12"Episode 2 Fleming"Alexander Fleming29 January 2014 (2014-01-29)
13"Marconi"Guglielmo Marconi5 February 2014 (2014-02-05)
14"Benz"Karl Benz12 February 2014 (2014-02-12)
15"Herschel"Caroline Herschel19 February 2014 (2014-02-19)
16"Al-Jazari"al-Jazari26 February 2014 (2014-02-26)
17"Darwin"Charles Darwin5 March 2014 (2014-03-05)
18"Turing"Alan Turing12 March 2014 (2014-03-12)
19"Curie"Marie Curie26 March 2014 (2014-03-26)
20"Fox Talbot"Henry Fox Talbot2 April 2014 (2014-04-02)

Series 3 (2014-2015)[edit]

In this series Dick and Dom move on from science and now look at all the apps that people can download to their iPads, phones and computers. At the end of each show they try to make their own game in real life. This last segment is narrated by YouTube personality Joseph Garrett (AKA "Stampy Cat"). Series 3 ran for 8 Episodes over 8 weeks. Series three was titled Appsolute Genius with Dick & Dom. The series also ran a competition to create a new app and game for the CBBC website, the winner of which was 14-year-old Alex, which was later made into 'Escargot Escape Artistes'.

#TitleGenius(es) studiedOriginal air date
21"Episode 1: Programme One"N/A7 October 2014 (2014-10-07)
Dick and Dom explore the world of computer games. They reveal some of the past and present games that have had a major impact on the gaming world. Celebrity gamers talk about their favourite games - from the ones they can't put down to the ones they're so bad at even their gran could beat them.
22"Episode 2: Animation"Walt Disney
Yuji Naka
Jordan Mechner
14 October 2014 (2014-10-14)
Dick and Dom explore animation in computer games and reveal the three geniuses whose brilliant ideas all helped develop animation in gaming through the years.
23"Episode 3: Character"Toru Iwatani
Jim Henson
Colin Urquhart
21 October 2014 (2014-10-21)
In this episode Dick and Dom discover how characters are created for computer games. They reveal three geniuses who have all created iconic characters that we know and love.
24"Episode 4: Story"J. R. R. Tolkien
Ron Gilbert
Yoshinori Kitase
28 October 2014 (2014-10-28)
In this episode Dick and Dom discover the genius of stories in computer games. They reveal three geniuses who have all created legendary tales.
25"Episode 5: Building a World"Andrew Whalley
Shigeru Miyamoto
Markus Persson
4 November 2014 (2014-11-04)
Dick and Dom discover the genius of worlds and environments in computer games. They reveal three geniuses who have all created amazing worlds.
26"Episode 6: Coding"Ada Lovelace
Ralph Baer
Tim Berners-Lee
11 November 2014 (2014-11-11)
Dick and Dom discover the genius of coding in computer games. They reveal three geniuses who have changed the programming world.
27"Episode 7: Platform"Allan Alcorn
Bill Gates
Steve Jobs
18 November 2014 (2014-11-18)
Dick and Dom discover the genius of platforms in computer games. They reveal three geniuses who have changed the way we play games.
28"Episode 8: The Winner's Story"N/A26 March 2015 (2015-03-26)
In the final episode of the series Dick and Dom meet the winner of their amazing competition to design your own computer game.

Series 4 (2015-2016)[edit]

In series 4 Dick and Dom are now looking at super tech from all over the world from tech that can save lives to tech that you can buy to tech that is out of this world, and at the end of each show they try to make their own super tech and beat the challenge set to them. Series 4 ran for 8 Episodes over 8 weeks. Series four was titled Absolute Genius Super Tech with Dick & Dom.

#TitleGenius(es) studiedOriginal air date
29"Space Tech"Sergei Korolev
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
Rob Manning
28 October 2015 (2015-10-28)
Dick and Dom look to the stars and reveal three geniuses whose technology ideas have pioneered space travel. The boys go to Nasa to see where real astronauts train before going to space, meet the man who sent the Rover to Mars, and get to drive a real space vehicle.
30"Robots"William Grey Walter
Marvin Minsky
Satoshi Shigemi
4 November 2015 (2015-11-04)
Dick and Dom meet man's future best friend - robots. The boys reveal three geniuses whose ideas have changed the world of robotics, and they come face to face with one of the world's largest humanoid robots. They also create their very own destructive robot.
31"Techno Toys"TBA11 November 2015 (2015-11-11)
32"Communication"TBA18 November 2015 (2015-11-18)
33"Superhuman Tech"TBA25 November 2015 (2015-11-25)
34"Super Transport"TBA2 December 2015 (2015-12-02)
35"Dick and Dom's Tech"TBA9 December 2016 (2016-12-09)
36"Absolute Genius"TBA18 February 2016 (2016-02-18)

Series 5 (2016)[edit]

In Series 5 Dick and Dom and Fran are looking at monster builds. The fifth series was confirmed on 2 June 2016. Filming took place throughout 2016[4] The fifth series began airing on CBBC on 19 October 2016.[5][6]

#TitleGenius studie(s)Original air date
37"Episode 1 Deep Underground"Eupalinos
Alfred Nobel
James Robbins
19 October 2016 (2016-10-19)
38"Episode 2 Mile High City"TBC26 October 2016 (2016-10-26)
39"Episode 3 Battling Nature"TBC2 November 2016 (2016-11-02)
40"Episode 4 Massive Movers"TBC9 November 2016 (2016-11-09)
41"Episode 5 Everlasting Energy"TBC16 November 2016 (2016-11-16)
42"Episode 6 Under Attack"TBC23 November 2016 (2016-11-23)
43"Episode 7 Epic Bridges"TBC30 November 2016 (2016-11-30)
44"Episode 8 Ultimate Playground"TBC7 December 2016 (2016-12-07)


  1. ^ Brown, Maggie (20 January 2013). "TV bids to win pre-school kids over to science". guardian.co.uk. Archived from the original on 19 September 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  2. ^ "2014 Children's Presenter BAFTA". BAFTA. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Fran Scott on Twitter". Archived from the original on 9 December 2022. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  4. ^ "WITH PICTURES: Dick and Dom on da beach - TV duo bring their own brand of carnage to town". Archived from the original on 5 November 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Dick and Dom on Twitter". Archived from the original on 7 December 2022. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Dick and Dom(Official)". Facebook. Archived from the original on 2 May 2023. Retrieved 20 April 2017.

External links[edit]