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Brainiac: Science Abuse

Year:
Duration:
UK:45 min
Genres:
Documentary | Comedy
IMDB rate:
7
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 2005-08-29
Cast
Actor
Character
Jon Tickle
Himself (42 episodes, 2003-2008)
Joe Rowntree
Brainiac Joe
Tom Pringle
Dr. Bunhead
Neil DuCran
Brainiac Neil
Moira Kan
Brainiac Moira
Richard Hammond
Himself - Presenter (37 episodes, 2003-2006)
Ed Arriens
2 Brains
Rachel Grant
Professor Myang Li
Stefan D'Bart
Dolly Boy (32 episodes, 2005-2008)
Daniel Norris
Brainiac Dan
Charlotte Hudson
Herself (28 episodes, 2004-2006)
Richard Greenwood
Brainiac Richard
Peter Dickson
Himself / ... (23 episodes, 2005-2008)
John P. Kilcoyne
Himself / ... (22 episodes, 2005-2008)
Karen Naiker
Brainiac Karen
Sonal Patel
Brainiac Sonal
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Trivia
The show courted mild controversy when it emerged that at least one of the experiments was faked by a pyrotechnics department. The alkali metals are known to react rapidly with water, producing hydrogen gas and energy, with potentially explosive results. An experiment was set up to demonstrate how these metals reacted by dropping them in water, with the expectation that the heavier alkali metals would be more potent. Lithium, sodium, potassium and rubidium reacted with increasing potency. However caesium (the heaviest of the alkali metals commonly available) simply sank to the bottom of their "tank" (a bath) before it could react significantly, which was far less dramatic than the other reactions suggested. The producers had the bath wired with explosives and blown to pieces, and presented this instead. According to a statement issued by the production company, they frequently used pyrotechnics in this way.
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Quotes
Richard Hammond: [introducing Jon Tickle walking on custard] Now, science has proven the following - man cannot walk on water. Jesus did, but he was the son of God, giving him an unfair advantage.
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Richard Hammond: This is Brainiac, the science show that comes home late and wakes the neighbours.
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Photos from cast
Malene Espensen