Innovation Nation



Craig Doyle


BBC One, launch show 30 April 2003, series 12 November to 15 December 2003 (6 episodes)


A kind of Best Inventions... Goes Large. In the run-up to the series, the public were asked to send in their innovative product design ideas. Three were selected to feature in the programme proper, which was mostly a fly-on-the-wall series following the Clever Things through all the stages of getting from a paper design to a marketable product. At the end there was a live final in which the public (that's you) voted for their favourite product, which would receive a £10,000 development grant from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). The three products were a collapsible pedal-bin, leakproof swimming goggles and some kind of futuristic pen-type thing, probably a pen.


Duncan Green and Helen O'Driscoll with the collapsible, dishwasher-safe "Yukka Bin". The bin went on sale at John Lewis stores for a few years afterwards.

Web links

NESTA press release (via

See also

Techno Games - another NESTA-sponsored competition.


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