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Britain's Brainiest Kid
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Created by David Briggs
Colman Hutchinson
Presented by Carol Vorderman
Tess Daly
Composer(s) Matthew Strachan
Production location(s) Elstree Film Studios
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Celador
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original release 9 August 2001 (2001-08-09) – 2002 (2002)

Britain's Brainiest Kid is a British television quiz show produced by Celador, which originally aired in a one-off special format on ITV on 9 August 2001, hosted by Carol Vorderman. A subsequent series was aired in late 2002.

2001 special

The original featured four different rounds:

  • A set of 12 multiple choice questions, whittling down the number of male contestants from 12 to 3.
  • A set of 12 multiple choice questions, whittling down the number of female contestants from 12 to 3.
  • A subject-based round, where contestants answered questions on two subjects, this halved the number of competitors to 3.
  • A final round, where the remaining 3 contestants were tested on their own specialist subject and that of their fellow finalists

The winner of the original special was Laura Hibbert of North Yorkshire, whose specialist subject was Charles Dickens.

Alex "Brains" Marshall was runner up. Marshall's specialist subject was the United Arab Emirates. Richard "Helium" Thomas came third. His specialist subject was the Plantagenets.

2002 edition

For 2002, the show was resurrected, with ten half-hour heats and qualification to a 90-minute grand final show. The heats were presented by Tess Daly, and the grand final by Carol Vorderman again. There was also a format change in 2002, with tie breakers being replaced by "Codexs" after the mammoth tie-break in the 2001 show. There were also several spin off shows, such as Britain's Brainiest Footballer and Britain's Brainiest Cabbie after the success of the 2001 show. However the 2002 show was not as successful and Celador eventually announced that the series would not return for a third series.

The winner of the 2002 series was Christopher Guerin (specialist subject: Thomas Becket).

International versions

Legend:      Original version        Currently airing        No longer airing        Upcoming or returning version  

Country Name Host Channel Year aired Status
 Armenia Ամենախելացին
Nazeni Hovhannisyan Armenia TV 14 March 2015 – 24 December 2017 No longer airing
17 March 2019 – 22 June 2019
 Australia Australia's Brainiest Anna Coren (2004)
Samuel Shaed
Seven Network 5 November 2004 – 2006 No longer airing
Sandra Sully (2005-2006)
Samuel Shaed
Network Ten
 Azerbaijan Əlaçı Leyla Aliyeva (2015–2018) AzTV 19 October 2015 – present Currently airing
İlahə Şixlinskaya (2018–present)
İctimai Television
(In Dutch)
Het Verstand Van Vlaanderen Koen Wauters (2004-2005) Vtm 2004–2008 No longer airing
Rani De Coninck (2006-2008)
(In French)
Le Grand Concours Alain Simons RTL-TVI 23 March 2002 No longer airing
Sandrine Dans
 Denmark Danmarks Klogeste Barn Thomas Mygind TV Danmark 31 August 2005 No longer airing
 France Le Grand Concours Carole Rousseau (2002-2018) TF1 23 March 2002 – present Currently airing
Laurence Boccolini (2018–2020)
Alessandra Sublet (2021–present)
 Finland Valiojoukko Satu Ruotsalainen MTV3 11 September 2004 – 18 December 2004 No longer airing
 Georgia ყველაზე ჭკვიანი
Yvelaze chkviani
Nino Khoshtaria Rustavi 2 2004–2013 No longer airing
 Germany Deutschlands klügste Sonja Zietlow (2001-2003) RTL Television 22 December 2001 – 2003 No longer airing
Bärbel Schäfer (2011) RTL II 22 March 2011
 Greece Ο Πιο Εξυπνος
O Pio Exupnos
Antonis Kafetzopoulos Mega 2003–2004 No longer airing
 Italy Il migliore - Sfida d'intelligenza Mike Bongiorno† Rete 4 2006–2007 No longer airing
 Japan Brainiest (ブレイニスト) Yoko Oshita TV Asahi 7 January 2012 No longer airing
 Lebanon مين بيعرف
Min Byaarif
Nadia Bsat mtv 15 March 2016 – present Currently airing
 New Zealand New Zealand's Brainiest Kid Bernadine Oliver-Kerby TVNZ February – March 2006 No longer airing
 Poland Dzieciaki z klasą Martyna Wojciechowska TVN 29 March 2004 – 7 June 2004 No longer airing
6 March 2005 – 5 June 2005
 Portugal Mentes Brilhantes Bárbara Guimarães SIC 6 October 2002 – 17 November 2002 No longer airing
 Russia Самый умный
Sami‘y umni‘y
Tina Kandelaki STS 8 March 2003 – 31 December 2012 No longer airing
 Singapore Singapore's Brainiest Cheryl Fox MediaCorp Channel 5 2003 No longer airing
 Sweden Sveriges smartaste barn Sofia Wistam (2007) TV3 2007 No longer airing
Roger Nordin (2009) 2009
 Turkey Bilen Parmak Kaldırsın Cemil Büyükdöğerli TRT Çocuk 20 March 2009 No longer airing
 Ukraine Найрозумніший Дорослі ігри
Nayrozumnishy'y Dorosli igry
Paulo Skorohodko 1+1 2008 No longer airing
Самый умный
Sami‘y umni‘y
Tina Kandelaki 1+1 8 March 2003 – 31 December 2012 No longer airing
Ludmila Dobrovolska Ukrayina 10 March 2013 – 17 June 2013 No longer airing
 United Kingdom
(original version)
Britain’s Brainiest Kid Carol Voderman ITV 9 August 2001 – 2002 No longer airing
Tess Daly
(National version)
Chinh phục - Vietnam's Brainiest Kid Nguyễn Thanh Vân
An Huy Trần
VTV6 4 December 2013 – 14 January 2015 (season 1-2)

25 October 2017 – 31 January 2018 (season 3)

No longer airing
(Southern Regional version)
Tìm người thông minh Phương Thảo HTV7 1 March 2008 – September 2008 No longer airing
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