The Great Egg Race
Presented by Brian Cant (1979), Johnny Ball (1980), Hilary Henson (1980–81), Charlotte Allen (1982), Professor Heinz Wolff (originally head judge, head presenter from 1983), and Lesley Judd, who joined the series in 1984.
The show featured teams creating Heath Robinson-esque mechanical creations in an attempt to solve a problem set at the start of the show. The series obtained its name from the initial challenge of making a device capable of transporting an egg in a rubber-band powered vehicle the furthest possible distance without breaking it. After the initial egg-related challenges, other non-egg events were introduced.
In the first episode as well as the egg carrying challenge between several devices, three teams had to precision weigh three items – a feather, an egg and a household brick (a weight range 10000:1) – using a 50g weight and ordinary domestic items. In the last episode the two teams sole challenge was to take an aerial photograph of an offshore oil rig.
Scoring was given for "design", "courage" and "entertainment".
The producers were Peter Bruce (12 episodes, 1979–80) and Charles Huff (10 episodes, 1983-86). Specialist judges included Professor Michael French, Fred Dibnah.
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