Brainiac

Saturday 6 September, 11am

Saturdays just got a little more explosive thanks to the reintroduction of TV2’s Brainiac at 11am. Experimentation in the name of science can be a dangerous pursuit in the wrong hands, so this crack team of ‘Brainiacs’ are here to answer the scientific questions that matter.

Dare-devil and trouble-maker Richard Hammond (Top Gear) returns to present Brainiac with resident expert Jon Tickle, fearlessly undertaking a range of experiments with the assistance of his team.
This week, the Brainiac lab discovers which part of the body is the most painful to be pinched. Richard Hammond and Jon Tickle see whether jumping at the last minute in a falling lift could save your life, and a movie star visits the Brainiac back lot to blow something up. Out on the golf course they discover which household item is best to use if you’ve forgotten your golf clubs and another caravan comes to a messy end as it meets some high explosives in Brainiac Darts.
Brainiac means explosions, pyrotechnics and all sorts of inadvisable things with liquid nitrogen, wrecking balls and high-voltage. It’s not for the faint-hearted, not to be tried at home and most importantly, not to be missed, on Saturdays at 11am on TV2.

Brainiac Saturday 29 December, 10.00am

Experimentation in the name of science can be a dangerous pursuit in the wrong hands, so this crack team of Brainiacs is here to answer the scientific questions that matter.

Dare-devil and trouble-maker Richard Hammond (Top Gear) presents Brainiac with resident Brainiac boffin Jon Tickle; fearlessly undertaking a range of experiments with the assistance of their team. They test hypotheses dreamt up in the playground, this means explosions, pyrotechnics and all sorts of inadvisable things with liquid nitrogen, wrecking balls and high-voltage. Brainiac is not for the faint-hearted, not to be tried at home and most importantly, not to be missed.
Each week, questions are asked that get right to the heart of what science is all about. Can you play darts whilst being electrocuted? How permanent is permanent marker? Where’s the most painful place to rip out a hair? What’s the fastest way to go down a slide? Which household object makes the best body armour? All these and more will be answered.

The Brainiac team are also out to help with basic personal safety – trying things out so that you don’t have to. This series, they’ll help you discover why you shouldn’t put dynamite in your microwave, and why it’s not a good idea to fill your kettle with combustible solvents; while Jon Tickle wets the bed in the name of science. They also have lots of tips and tricks, like how to always win at the funfair.

The very first episode is jammed-packed with useless information, as Jon Tickle takes the plunge in a pool of syrup, and finds out everything you need to know about burping. Meanwhile, Richard finds out which is Britain’s best DIY bungee, and the team blow up their first caravan of the new series. There’s even some really usefull information thrown in, with top science tips from Granny Brainiac.

A brand-new and explosive series of Brainiac begins on TV2 Saturday 29 December at 10.00am.

Experimentation in the name of science can be a dangerous pursuit in the wrong hands, so a crack team of ‘Brainiacs’ have been recruited to answer the scientific questions that matter, in Brainiac, weekdays on TV2 at 5.30pm.

Richard Hammond presents the series with resident Brainiac Jon Tickle fearlessly undertaking a range of experiments with the assistance of his team.

‘Brainiac: Science Abuse’ answers all the scientific questions that weigh heavy on the minds of the nation. Hypotheses dreamt up in the playground or questions that have been thought up over a few beers are explained.

Questions such as:

Can a man walk on custard?
Does a cricket box truly protect your plums?
Why can’t I use my phone in a petrol station?
Can you achieve G-Force on a children’s playground roundabout?

All these, and more, are answered through the Brainiacs’ rigorous testing procedures.

Regular features:

Fat vs Thin – each week a 20-stone man-mountain and a six-and-a-half stone slip-of-a-man will be put through their paces in a series of tests that will answer – is it better to be fat or thin?

Cracking The Safe – the best way to break into a safe? Each week, a volunteer is invited to break into the Braniac vault, but who or what will have the might to get through the high security lock?

The Lazy Man’s Guide – Brainiac discovers the best way to cut corners for people who just can’t wait. Among the Brainiacs’ challenges are to find the quickest way to make a kebab, the speediest way to get chips from a potato and the fastest way to make toast – without the aid of a toaster.

Brainiac means explosions, pyrotechnics and all sorts of inadvisable things with liquid nitrogen, wrecking balls and high-voltage. It’s not for the faint-hearted and not to be tried at home.

The series launches on Monday, November 20 at 5.30pm on TV2.