The Genius of Invention

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The Genius of Invention
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Genre Factual
Directed by Victoria Bell
Presented by
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 4 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Dominic Crossley-Holland
Producer(s)
  • Michael Tuft
  • Victoria Bell
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Productions
Release
Original network
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 24 January (2013-01-24) – 14 February 2013 (2013-02-14)
External links
Website www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s72kz

The Genius of Invention is a British factual television series that was broadcast on BBC Two between 24 January 2013 and 14 February 2013. The series looks over the history of British inventions.

Production[edit]

On 23 August 2013, BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow announced the commissioning of the series.[1] The main presenters of the series were Mark Miodownik, Cassie Newland and Michael Mosley.[2]

Episode list[edit]

# Title Original air date UK viewers
(millions)[3]
1 "Power" 24 January 2013 (2013-01-24) 1.60
How Britain uses power through technology.
2 "Speed" 31 January 2013 (2013-01-31) N/A
How the steam locomotive, internal combustion engine and jet engine were invented.
3 "Communication" 7 February 2013 (2013-02-07) N/A
The formation of machines that allow communication across the globe.
4 "Visual Image" 14 February 2013 (2013-02-14) N/A
The inventors who discovered how to reproduce still and moving images.

Reception[edit]

Terry Ramsey of The Daily Telegraph gave the series three out of five stars and said that "despite the jumpy style and occasionally annoying chat, it had a lot of appealing science packed in, all neatly wrapped up so it didn’t even feel like we were learning. And it served as a useful reminder of just how much we rely on electricity."[4] The Independent's Tom Sutcliffe said "everything from presentational style to the level of the material it contains it's essentially a children's programme. In fact, it calls for a new verb: to Bluepeterise, a shorthand for the increasingly fashionable technique of dividing the content up between three puppyishly eager presenters".[5] Lucy Mangan, writing for The Guardian called it "terrible".[2]

DVD release[edit]

The series was released in the original English as a region 2 DVD set by a Dutch company in 2015.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Two announces raft of new commissions". BBC. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Mangan, Lucy (24 January 2013). "TV review: The Genius of Invention; Carved with Love; The Good Wife". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "BARB Top 30s". 
  4. ^ Ramsey, Terry (25 January 2013). "The Genius of Invention, BBC Two, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Sutcliffe, Tom (25 January 2013). "Last Night's Viewing: The Genius of Invention, BBC2". The Independent. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 

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