Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Episode 1

Episode 1 of 2

From skateboarding dogs to chimp maths geniuses, Liz Bonnin searches for the planet's most intelligent animals, and John Humphrys puts a goldfish through its paces on Mastermind.

For centuries, the idea of intelligent animals struck most people as ridiculous. But not any more - the latest science reveals that animals are a lot smarter than we thought.

From skateboarding dogs to chimp maths geniuses, Liz Bonnin embarks on a worldwide search for the planet's most intelligent animals, devising some ingenious IQ puzzles and even putting herself to the test to find out.

Liz gets creative with dolphins, shares a eureka moment with orangutans and defends the reputation of the human race when she goes head-to-head with a chimp genius in a test of maths and memory. There is an octopus escapologist, John Humphrys puts a goldfish through its paces on Mastermind, and Tillman the skateboarding dog wows crowds in Los Angeles.

Prepare to be amazed, entertained and even outwitted by the world's Super Smart Animals.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 24 Nov 2018 09:00

More episodes


You are at the first episode


See all episodes from Super Smart Animals


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Adele

    I'll Be Waiting

  • Alan Pownall

    Chasing Time

  • Amon Tobin


  • Bees

    I Really Need Love

  • Blur

    The Universal

  • Doves


  • Doves

    There Goes the Fear

  • Elbow

    Lippy Kids

  • Embrace

    Spell It Out

  • Florence + the Machine

    Dog Days Are Over

  • Florence + the Machine

    Shake it Out

  • Ian Brown


  • Kassidy

    Take Another Ride

  • KT Tunstall

    Glamour Puss

  • Mumford & Sons

    Winter Winds

  • Pete Lawrie


  • Primal Scream

    Zombie Man

  • Noisettes

    Wild Young Things

  • 00:02



  • 00:07

    Florence + the Machine

    Shake It Out

  • 00:19

    Primal Scream

    Zombie Man

  • 00:26


    There Goes The Fear

  • 00:50


    Lippy Kids

  • 00:51

    Ian Brown


  • 00:56


    The Universal

  • 00:57


    I'll Be Waiting


Role Contributor
Presenter Liz Bonnin
Series Producer Jo Shinner
Director Simon Bell
Production Manager Wendhy Sierra
Production Assistant Sarah Walker
Assistant Producer Giles Badger
Assistant Producer Sophie Lanfear
Participant John Humphrys


  • Wed 8 Feb 2012 20:00
  • Tue 15 May 2012 02:30
  • Sun 1 Jul 2012 14:40
  • Sun 1 Jul 2012 18:00
  • Sat 24 Nov 2018 09:00