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Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Producer(s) Morton Surguy
Running time 15 minutes
Original network BBC1
Original release 1980 (1980)
Related shows Written by Alex Glasgow

Maths-In-A-Box is a BBC Schools educational TV programme, combining elements of Mathematics and problem solving.

The plot involved a girl Tracey Dixon (Melissa Wilks) and her friend and neighbour Paul (Clark Flanagan) who meet alien visitor Powka (Eugene Geasley) from the planet Scooter. He travels in a ship that resembles a small cube, mistaken for board game dice. By reciting the magic words ‘Tiki tiki tox, out of the box’, Powka is able to leave his ship and grow to the size of a normal man. Paul and Tracey are able to shrink down and accompany Powka back into the box by reciting the magic words.

Paul and Tracy spend the series teaching Powka basic number techniques, geometry and measurements. The series cast the children as teachers and Powka, the adult figure, as the pupil. The mathematical concepts are all based on real-life examples and there are fun subplots involving Powka being visible only to children not adults.

Episode guide

# Title Broadcast
1 Strange Visitor

15 January 1980

2 Down on the Farm

22 January 1980

3 The Big Cover Up

29 January 1980

4 At the Seaside

5 February 1980

5 Winning and Losing

12 February 1980

6 A Long Story

26 February 1980

7 Racing and Pacing

4 March 1980

8 Weight-Watchers

11 March 1980

9 Plum Crazy

18 March 1980

10 Evens and Odds and Ends

25 March 1980

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