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Child Genius TX: 25 Jun 2013, Week 26

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Episode 3/4, Tuesday 25th June, 9pm, Channel 4

The challenges of parenting a child genius continue to unfold in the third episode of this four-part documentary series, following the lives of more incredible 7-11 year old gifted children and their parents.

From across the UK some of the country’s brightest children have entered a child genius competition, run in association with high IQ society British Mensa. This week it’s the Spelling Bee round.

As the competition hots up has rebellious Hugo’s lack of effort finally caught him out? And 11 year old human dictionary Ben thinks his love of long words will help him sail through but he faces stiff opposition from the ultimate wordsmith - World U12 Scrabble champion Shrinidhi.

Aged 9, Connor is the youngest contender still in the competition. Despite intending to take his maths GCSE while still in primary school, he’s less confident when faced with mind-boggling spellings like Triskaidekaphobia, Extemporaneous or even Ovoviviparous! With single mum Sarah determined to get him through, will the pressure take its toll?

Sibling rivals 11 year old Catherine and 9 year old Matthew entered the competition together, but with Matthew a surprise exit in the first round, its big sister Catherine’s chance to show her mum she’s just as bright as her brother.

10-year old Longyin is on a school trip to Dartmoor, but will his first time away from dad Terence affect his meticulously planned study schedule and ruin his success in the competition?

Exec Producer Mark Saben

Series Producer Simon Draper

Directors Tanya Freedman, Chris McLaughlin, Wes Pollitt, Mark North

Production Company Wall to Wall

Episode 2/4, Tuesday 18th June, 9pm, Channel 4

What is it like to parent a child genius? In the second episode of this four-part documentary series we follow the lives of more incredible 7-11 year old gifted children and their parents.

From across the UK some of the country’s UK’s brightest children have entered a child genius competition, run in association with high IQ society British Mensa. This week it’s General Knowledge and Memory.

We’ll meet eleven year old Seyonne, one of seven from a family of high-achievers, whose mum Maria expects her daughter to make the best of her education, something she herself failed to do, when being clever most definitely wasn’t cool.

10 year old engineering enthusiast Hugo believes he has enough raw intelligence to breeze through this week’s competition, but his confident personality is starting to upset some of his rivals.

By contrast , 9 year old mild-mannered maths machine Oscar, who became the youngest person ever to get an A star in GCSE Maths aged 7, is a competition favourite but away from the familiarity of maths how will he fair in the unknown territory of this week’s general knowledge round?

11 year old fellow competitor Leonard Ravi Shankar Buckley has the vocabulary of an eighteen year old, but his tendency for theatrics often means he loses focus at the crucial moment. And human abacus Rosa Maria may be faster than a calculator at maths but with her study regime in tatters on the big day can she overcome her nerves and get through to next week.

Exec Producer Mark Saben

Series Producer Simon Draper

Directors Tanya Freedman, Chris McLaughlin, Wes Pollitt, Mark North

Production Company Wall to Wall

Episode 1/4, Tuesday 11th June, 9pm, Channel 4

This 4-part documentary series follows the lives of some of the country’s cleverest children and their families. Most with IQs in the top 0.1% of the population, growing up gifted can have its challenges. But behind many a Child Genius, there’s often a determined parent, and this series reveals the different approaches to parenting a child whose intelligence is off the scale.

Earlier this year, twenty one highly gifted children aged 7 to 11 were selected to take part in a competition run in association with high IQ society British Mensa, to find the UK’s ultimate Child Genius.

Alongside their home lives, we chart the progress of some of these children through the course of the competition. Across four gruelling weekly rounds they are tested on every aspect of intelligence from maths to spelling, general knowledge to memory and debating. After each round, five children leave the competition until one is crowned Child Genius of the Year

This week, the first round is Maths and we meet:

Wise-cracking Hugo, an engineering enthusiast, who is an avid train-spotter and who has already designed the aircraft he intends to manufacture when he’s older. Hugo’s long-suffering parents are conflicted about his genius and are desperate to broaden his horizons beyond the world of planes and trains. But does he want to be the ‘normal’ child they want him to be?

With mum Hilary leading the way, eight year old Joshua is ranked number 5 in the world in his age group Mum Hilary believes that 10 000 hours of practice will make him a Chess Grandmaster before his 13th birthday – and with 50 hours of preparation a week, Josh is on track – but how will Josh fare away from his chess board?

Shrinidhi, the current Under 12 World Scrabble champion, who has already written four novels. Her passion for words and all things literary extends to her favourite indulgence – sniffing old books. Her parents moved to the UK 3 years ago to help nurture her passion for the English language. But whilst Shrinidhi considers books as her friends, her mother Suja has entered her daughter into the competition so she can make real friends who share her interests.

Leo Ravi Shankar has the vocabulary of an eighteen year old. Leo’s Mum Penny embraces his tendency for dramatics, but Dad Martin is also keen to enforce strict boundaries. First up in the competition, how will Leo cope in this week’s maths round?

Longyin, is a Piano prodigy, who topped the tree in our intelligence tests. Dad Terence is a former Hong Kong Police officer who runs a very disciplined regime at home with his son. He believes he has the formula to make every child successful. Will Longyin and his dad Terence’s formula withstand the pressure of the competition?

Exec Producer Mark Saben

Series Producer Simon Draper

Directors: Tanya Freedman Chris McLaughlin, Wes Pollitt, Mark North.

Production Company: Wall to Wall

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