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ARE we really as smart as we think we are? Or more specifical­ly, are the Chasers as smart as they think they are? In this enjoyable series, quizzers Anne Hegerty, Shaun Wallace and Mark Labbett travel the globe to investigat­e intelligen­ce.

As they take on child geniuses, great apes and even robots, they are mostly concerned with outsmartin­g them.

This funny episode explores that age old question – is intelligen­ce nature or nurture?

In the UK, they take on three of Britain’s brightest kids, but it won’t be childs’ play.

Anne insists: “We are champion quizzers and we will beat the children. We are quite happy to knock over small children to get to something we want. I fancy our chances.”

Anne, a writer with a degree in linguistic­s, takes on 11-year-old Reuben, a Junior Scrabble champion. He begins with a word she’s never heard of.

Meanwhile, Shaun battles 14-year-old Mensa genius Akshita in a medical quiz.

And Mark plays 10-year-old chess prodigy Shreyas, who spends 40 hours a week practising the game.

Mark says: “I don’t care who you are, I wouldn’t even let my beloved niece win at Snap when she was four years old. I just want to win.”

But there are many types of intelligen­ce, and the Chasers must investigat­e others.

In Cambridge they explore emotional intelligen­ce, sitting a test to understand their own and other’s emotions.

Unimpresse­d Mark rants: “I’m British, I’m designed to have a stiff upper lip. Emotions are overrated.”

Needless to say, despite some reluctance, it all becomes tiring and emotional.

 ??  ?? Mark Labbett likes to win, so it’s a bold move taking on chess genius Shreyas – even if he is only 10
Mark Labbett likes to win, so it’s a bold move taking on chess genius Shreyas – even if he is only 10
 ??  ?? Linguist Anne Hegerty is immediatel­y stumped by 11-year-old Reuben
Linguist Anne Hegerty is immediatel­y stumped by 11-year-old Reuben

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