Genius is the comedy series originally broadcast on Radio
4, which sees Dave Gorman and a celebrity guest, chew over
ridiculous, unworkable but sometimes genius inventions from
the public. After listening to as many pitches as time permits,
Dave's guest chooses his or her favourite two ideas, leaving
the audience to vote on which of the two they think is the
most inspired. The pitcher with the most votes wins a huge
sense of self-fulfilment and the legendary Genius trophy.
Remember your plan for pedestrian fast and slow lanes? Or
even that idea about gym equipment fitted with dynamos hooked
up to the national grid...?
idea is simple, the results are hilarious. Every week on the
Radio 4 show Genius the public are asked to send in
their ideas for inventions and a special celebrity guest has
to pick the best from those presented.
steel drum urinals (that would make the trip to the little
boys room something to look forward to) to mobile phone breathalysers
(that stop you making those embarrassing phone calls to your
ex when intoxicated) the celebrities (Paul Daniels, Richard
Madeley, John Fortune, Neil Innes and Stewart Lee) must decide
which ideas are genius and which are not - evil genius counts
in this series, for me, included the idea of mini elephant
pets; helium filled bubblewrap; a microwave oven that is linked
to your CD collection and plays a track, or tracks, that is
the same length of time as your food's cooking time; and a
National Lottery style draw designed to create anarchy
- by each week choosing what order the days of the week will
come in (with an amusing reworking of the Happy Days
theme to show how ludicrous an idea this is).
truly is the forum for anyone who has a crazy idea for an
invention that they have been dying to put before the public.
The scary thing is that, and this goes for even the bad ideas,
I couldn't help nodding my head and thinking: "Now why
on earth hasn't that already been invented?" a few too
of the funniest shows of modern times. Whoever came up with
the idea is a genius.