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Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums to return; maths students sought to take part

A tweet purporting to be1 from the press office of UKTV, the company that owns the channel Dave, has confirmed that the TV show Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums is to return for a second series (we at least thought we knew this in July). It also says that production company Wild Rover are looking for maths students to take part. The tweet asks you to email to express an interest. You might remember that the first series, which aired in April-June, did very well compared with other programmes on the channel.

  1. Yes, I know, but it was retweeted by Thomas Woolley, who should know. []

2nd series of School of Hard Sums

Fans of scandalous gossip (and TV channel Dave’s recent foray into maths based light entertainment, Dara O Briain’s School of Hard Sums) will be interested to note the following tweet from Marcus Du Sautoy:

This presumably refers to the show mentioned above, which featured Marcus as a maths question/task-master, providing both fiendish puzzles and mathematical insight – but who knows? People say all kinds of things on Twitter.

Would you be interested to see another series? Which puzzles would you include? Comments below.

School of Hard Sums doubles the normal Dave audience

Last night saw the debut of Dave’s ‘School of Hard Sums’, a slightly strange but enjoyable maths show from Dara O Briain and Marcus du Sautoy. Was the show a success? Today Dara tweeted:

Of course, the show received a good deal of advertising – but it seems like good news nonetheless.

‘School Of Hard Sums’ maths gameshow

School Of Hard Sums, the Dara O Briain-fronted maths game show from Dave (based on the Emmy-award nominated Japanese comedy-panel format Comaneci University Mathematics) starts an 8 episode run 16th April at 8pm on Dave. A page at the British Comedy Guide says:

Showing how maths underpins everything in the world around us, each programme sees two main problems for Dara to crack using numbers and equations, while a second comedian attempts a solution with more physical methods. To discover how many different people to date before choosing a partner, Dara uses the Optimal Stopping Theory; trying to predict a football score, Bayesian statistics come to Dara’s rescue.

Source: Dara O Briain: School Of Hard Sums.