Clare Balding to lead the search for Britain’s Brightest on BBC One

I am so excited to be given the opportunity to explore and test intelligence in a format that will be fun, informative and entertaining. The quest to find Britain's Brightest will inspire all of us.”Clare Balding
Date: 19.10.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.51
TV Presenter and star of the BBC's Olympics coverage Clare Balding will host brand new BBC One prime-time entertainment show Britain’s Brightest, produced by RDF Television.

Britain’s Brightest will see 24 ordinary people with extraordinary minds do battle on Saturday nights in a new, smart BBC One series. The knockout tournament will seek to test the brain by examining everything from emotional intelligence to processing speed. The contestant with the best all-round mind will be crowned champion, having conquered a series of demanding challenges and puzzles staged in studio and on location.

Auditions are already underway and hopeful applicants must face a series of tough aptitude tests before being invited to the studio to compete. Balding will begin filming Britain’s Brightest later this year at MediaCityUK in Salford. The 4x75-minute and 2x60-minute series is set to air in early 2013

Clare Balding said: “I have always said that 'facts are my friend' but knowing things doesn't make you clever. I am fascinated by the brain - how it works and how it can be improved. I am so excited to be given the opportunity to explore and test intelligence in a format that will be fun, informative and entertaining. The quest to find Britain's Brightest will inspire all of us.”

Hopeful applicants should email Brightest@RDFTelevision.com for more information. Tickets for the show will be available through www.applausestore.com

The Executive Producer for RDF Television is Peter Usher and Mirella Breda, Executive Editor Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC.

The show was commissioned by Danny Cohen Controller, BBC One and Mark Linsey, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning.

RDF Television is a Zodiak Media company. Zodiak Rights has worldwide rights, excluding Germany, to the format.

Rachel Davidson

RDF Television t. +44 (0)20 7013 4259 - rachel.davidson@zodiakmedia.com