The Genius of Invention

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The Genius of Invention
Directed byVictoria Bell
Presented by
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Executive producerDominic Crossley-Holland
  • Michael Tuft
  • Victoria Bell
Running time60 minutes
Production companyBBC Productions
Original release
Release24 January (2013-01-24) –
14 February 2013 (2013-02-14)

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.



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

# Title Original air date UK viewers
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
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.



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


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


  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. Archived from the original on 18 June 2022. Retrieved 13 October 2013.