School of Hard Sums



Dara O'Briain


Marcus du Sautoy


Fujisankei Productions and Wild Rover for Dave, 16 April 2012 to 22 April 2014 (24 episodes in 3 series)


Dara O'Briain, himself a mathematics graduate, challenges a comedian to solve mathematical problems. Dara will try to do it from theory, the comedian by experimenting with real objects. Resident boffin Marcus du Sautoy sets the puzzles, and determines the winner.

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Based on the Japanese format Comaneci University Mathematics. The original show was a vehicle for "Beat" Takeshi Kitano (of Takeshi's Castle fame).

Theme music

Marc Sylvan


The original unaired pilot was titled Dara O'Briain's University of Practical Mathematics.

Web links

Official site

Wikipedia entry

British Comedy Guide entry


File:Universityofpracticalmathematics pilotlogo.jpgLogo from the unaired pilot


The very first episode.

See also

Weaver's Week review


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