The Great Egg Race

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Heinz Siegfried Wolff
Professor Heinz Wolff
Professor Heinz Wolff
Born (1928-04-29) 29 April 1928 (age 88)
Berlin, Germany
Citizenship United Kingdom
Fields Bioengineering
Institutions Brunel University
Alma mater University College London

The Great Egg Race was a BBC television series that ran from 1979 to 1986[1] and featured Brian Cant (1979), Professor Heinz Wolff (originally head judge, later promoted to series presenter) and Lesley Judd, who joined the series in 1984. Re-edited 15 minute episodes of the original show were later made for BBC Choice in 2000, under the title The Great Egg Race Rides Again.[2]

In a similar vein to the later Channel 4 series Scrapheap Challenge, 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.[3]

The producers were Peter Bruce (12 episodes, 1979-80) and Charles Huff (10 episodes, 1983-86).


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