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Battle of the Brains
Format Game show
Presented by Paddy O'Connell (2008)
Nicky Campbell (2009-)
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of episodes 40 (as of 6 March 2009)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Two
Original airing 28 July 2008 (2008-07-28)

Battle of the Brains is a British game show hosted by Nicky Campbell and produced by Shine Limited for BBC Manchester. The first series was broadcast weekdays on BBC Two at 6:00pm, and started on 28 July 2008, ending on 22 August. The second series began on 9 February 2009 ending on 6 March. Two teams of 6 members plus a team captain play a series of games focusing on different parts of the brain. The original presenter was Paddy O'Connell.

Contents

Round 1

Each captain chooses one member from their team of 6 to take part in one of 5 (6 in series 1) different tests of skill in one of 15 different categories. This happens 5 times in the first round and any member of the team can play except the team captain. If the player is successful they rejoin their team, if not, then the player is eliminated. If one one team is totally successful, then they would have all 6 players intact, while the other team would be down to one. In series 2, the types of challenge stuck to a specific order; Speed, Memory, Wisdom, Identity and Nerve.

The 6 different types of challenge are:

  • Speed - The players will be asked questions about the chosen subject on the buzzer. The winner is the first person to answer three questions correctly. In series 2, this was increased to five questions answered correctly.
  • Memory - The players have to take it turns to name things of a list relating to the chosen subject. The round ends when an incorrect answer is given, an answer is repeated or if no answer is given within 5 seconds.
  • Wisdom - Both players will have 60 seconds on the chosen subject to answer as many questions as possible. The person with the most correct answers wins. If there is a tie, a sudden death tie-breaker question on the buzzers is asked.
  • Identity - The players are asked to identify one thing related to the chosen subject. Clues are read out by Paddy/Nicky one at a time. The player who answers the question first wins the round. If the player answers incorrectly, they are frozen out of the next clue.
  • Nerve - Like a penalty shootout, each player is answered a question each. If Player 1 answers correctly, then Player 2 would have to answer correctly or lose. If Player 1 answered incorrectly and Player 2 answered correctly, then Player 1 would lose. If both players did the same, the round will continue. If it was still a tie after 5 questions each, it would go down to a sudden-death buzzer question.

In series 1, there was a 6th option, which was removed from series 2:

  • Accuracy - The players are asked three nearest-to-the-mark questions. The person who gets the nearest to the correct answer wins a point. The first to 2 wins. If both players type in the same answer, both get a point and it would become the first to 3 correct answers who would win.

The 15 different categories are:

  • Animal Kingdom
  • Art
  • Classical World
  • Film & TV
  • Food & Drink
  • Geography
  • Great Britain
  • History
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Nature
  • Politics
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Transport & Technology

Round 2

In the second round, the players who won the head-to-heads in round 1, along with the player who didn't play compete in a series of questions. The captain of the opposing team chooses which player to answer the question. If the answer is correct, the player stays, if the answer is wrong, the player is eliminated. This continues until one team has no players left.

Final round

The winning team gets all their players regenerated. They have 90 seconds to get 6 consecutive questions correct. The question is read out, the captain chooses a player. If they get it right their light is turned on and they can't answer another question. If they answer wrong, then everyone's light is turned off. If all 6 lights are on the team wins. In the first series, the prize was £2,000 on each show. In the second series, the prize fund started at £1,000, but if the team failed to win, the money rolled over to the next show.

Captain's Question

Following the final round the team captain has to answer a question correctly. With the captain turned around, so no signals of any kind can be made, Paddy/Nicky offers the team 2 questions. They have to pick which one their captain will know the answer to. If the captain answers correctly the team can return to the next show. If answered incorrectly the team are eliminated and 2 new teams appear on the next show. (Incidentally, the captain gets asked the other question to see if he/she would have known the right answer.)

Results

*Key: If the team answer the "Captain's Question" correctly, the team name will be in bold. If they completed the final round, they have a star next to their name.

The coloured backgrounds denote the result of each of the shows:

     -- indicates Team 1 won.
     -- indicates Team 2 won.
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Series 1

Episode # Air date Team 1 Players left after Round 1 Team 2
1 28 July 2008 Di's Diamonds* 5 - 2 Poachers
2 29 July 2008 Di's Diamonds 6 - 1 Volunteers
3 30 July 2008 Di's Diamonds 4 - 3 Guilders
4 31 July 2008 Di's Diamonds 3 - 4 Ignorance Is Bliss
5 1 August 2008 Wykeham Wonderers 2 - 5 Oxford Martyrs
6 4 August 2008 Life's Too Short 3 - 4 Oxford Martyrs
7 5 August 2008 Annie's Boys 5 - 2 Quizmasters
8 6 August 2008 Annie's Boys* 4 - 3 Chalkheads
9 7 August 2008 Saints & Sinner 3 - 4 Why Keep Fit?
10 8 August 2008 Swampbeasts 5 - 2 Why Keep Fit?
11 11 August 2008 Liccle 'Ommers 3 - 4 The Clayheads
12 12 August 2008 Ashford Road Club 1 - 6 The Clayheads
13 13 August 2008 We Love I.T. 2 - 5 The Clayheads
14 14 August 2008 The Ant Hill Mob 3 - 4 The Clayheads
15 15 August 2008 The Ant Hill Mob 5 - 2 Oscar Lives
16 18 August 2008 The Ant Hill Mob 4 - 3 Loitering Within Trent
17 19 August 2008 Titans 3 - 4 Olé!*
18 20 August 2008 Tetsudo 2 - 5 Dreadnoughts
19 21 August 2008 Bridge Too Far 3 - 4 Dreadnoughts
20 22 August 2008 Bridge Too Far 4 - 3 Towns Women's Guild

Series 2

Episode # Air date Team 1 Players left after Round 1 Team 2
1 9 February 2009 The Eager Beavers* 4 - 3 Healthy, Wealthy & Wise
2 10 February 2009 Friends of Laszlo 3 - 4 Preston Quizmasters
3 11 February 2009 Thynn Pickings 1 - 6 Preston Quizmasters
4 12 February 2009 7 Deadly Sinners 4 - 3 Preston Quizmasters
5 13 February 2009 7 Deadly Sinners 5 - 2 Patently Obvious
6 16 February 2009 The Ronnies 3 - 4 The Ones To Watch
7 17 February 2009 Quizee Rascals 5 - 2 Rosetta Stone
8 18 February 2009 Quizee Rascals* 4 - 3 Yorkshire Puddings
9 19 February 2009 Quizee Rascals 4 - 3 Village People
10 20 February 2009 Quizee Rascals 4 - 3 Oxford Cavaliers
11 23 February 2009 Lancashire Fold 5 - 2 Shugborough Centurions
12 24 February 2009 Lancashire Fold 4 - 3 De-Generation
13 25 February 2009 The Dalry Lamas 5 - 2 Norfolk Wanderers
14 26 February 2009 The Dalry Lamas 3 - 4 G-Force*
15 27 February 2009 The Evergreens 2 - 5 G-Force
16 2 March 2009 Freeloaders 2 - 5 G-Force
17 3 March 2009 Never On A Wednesday 4 - 3 G-Force
18 4 March 2009 Never On A Wednesday 6 - 1 Green Baize Giants
19 5 March 2009 Oxford Deep Blues 5 - 2 Beer Writers
20 6 March 2009 Oxford Deep Blues 2 - 5 The Cheshire Set*

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