Beat the Boss

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Saira Khan (all series) and Cameron Johnson (2009)


CBBC for BBC One, 22 May 2006 to 15 September 2009 (36 episodes in 5 series)

Comic Relief special, 9 March 2007


Teams of children ("Bright Sparks") and adults ("Big Shots") compete to invent the best new product given an initial brief. The briefs in the first series were:

  • A "new generation" fruit drink
  • A portable pooch pack
  • The ultimate leisure inflatable
  • A "dream" sleepover kit
  • A new practical joke product

At the end, a panel of children vote on which product is the best. The winners get their design taken forward for marketing and they get a ride home in a stretch limo - the losers have to take the bus. Naturally, the winners (especially when it's the kids) get pretty smug as they're driven past the losers standing at the bus stop.

The Comic Relief special was to design a suit for Lenny Henry to wear in the charity telethon. The Big Shots for this episode were Chantelle Houghton, Joe Pasquale and Duncan Bannatyne, and (naturally) the judging panel was replaced with a public phone vote.

Key moments

When the adults (rather unsportingly, we think) brag about how great they are, usually just before getting utterly trounced by a group of 12-year-olds.

Theme music

Dobs Vye

See also

The show turned into primetime entertainment in the Irish language as Gaisce Gnó.


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