The BEST Episodes of Brainiac: Science Abuse

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 9, 2022

Network: Sky1

Brainiac is The Alternative science series that shows you the experiments you were never allowed to do in school. Richard Hammond aims to answer the scientific questions that have been bothering us all such as what you shouldn't put in a microwave and Do mobile phones really cause explosions in petrol stations.

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Racing with fire extinguishers

#1 - Racing with fire extinguishers

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 14, 2004

The science of spittle. CO2 the sequel; racing with fire extinguishers! Dr Bunhead peddles more unwanted science tricks down at his local boozer. We use science to turn a softie into a fully-fledged hard man. Spoilsports! The Brainiac Sports distraction team are let loose on the golf course. Viewer Jade Hudson uses hamster power to fire up her telly. And Brainiac goes interactive offering one lucky viewer a starring role on the final show of the series!

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1 votes
Washing your smalls

#2 - Washing your smalls

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 11, 2004

Washing your smalls - the lazy man’s way. Does drinking lager make you bad at sport. What happens if you eat carrots for a month. The black box gets a kicking from a Bigfoot. Quiet please, we go snooker loopy and crack open another caravan. Back garden ballistics tries firing bowling balls and watermelons. And we see how dangerous chewing gum really is.

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1 votes
Burning things in microwaves

#3 - Burning things in microwaves

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 8, 2005

Bunging things in microwaves, stuffing your face full of chocolate and chucking dry food down your neck. Also, we throw brainiacs around to make them throw up. We inflict more mindless destruction on innocent caravans. Is the anything you can do the night before to prevent you getting a hangover the next day. Lad v Lass discovers which is better at telling colours apart.

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1 votes
Best Way to Pee

#4 - Best Way to Pee

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 13, 2006

In tonight's episode of Brainiac, we are taken through a variety of experiments including: The best way to pee in a public bathroom, The most effective way to get rid of a stitch and how many strands of spaghetti can you break with your bare hands.

star 10.00
1 votes
Which is faster, motorbike, golf ball or firework

#5 - Which is faster, motorbike, golf ball or firework

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 30, 2004

Which is faster - a motorbike, a golf ball, or a firework? Brainiac boffin Jon Tickle goes undercover with X-Ray specs. Vacuum cleaning - does it really suck? Brainiacs get sloshed checking out hangover cures. We do more bad things with a microwave oven. Tina Turner and her Bunsen burner are back with another big bang. It's slime time for Dr Bunhead! And a bunch of toffs take on our black box flight recorder.

star 9.50
2 votes
Which is Britain's best sport

#6 - Which is Britain's best sport

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 21, 2004

Battle of the bats - we ask "Which is Britain's best sport?." Does time really fly when you're having fun? Thank God for science - we say cheerio to another caravan. Will a blackbox flight recorder survive an acid bath? Brainiac boffin Jon Tickle goes ballistic with the help of some fruit and veg. Which socks are the slipperiest? Tina Tuner + her Bunsen Burner + TNT = A recipe for disaster. We go gardening the lazy man's way. And your last chance to vote and win with Explosive of the week.

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1 votes
Swim through syrup and water

#7 - Swim through syrup and water

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 25, 2005

Can you swim as fast through syrup as you can through water. We check wind speed down at the lab. We find out why you shouldn’t muck around with lawnmowers. Electricity goes on tour. What is Britain’s stickiest fixer. Can you open an umbrella underwater. Do clever people have heavier heads. Is it possible to get drunk without drinking. And carefully does it – by popular demand, we’ve tracked down the most dangerous chemical yet – stand by for Thermite.

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1 votes
Best DIY Bungee

#8 - Best DIY Bungee

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 1, 2005

Pants or tights – which is the best DIY bungee. Can you play fruit machines for free. We inflict more suffering down at the lab. Stand well back, we put more stuff in a microwave and more caravans into orbit. What is the best way to get rid of stinky breath. Which is the scariest ride at the funfair. What’s the best food to use in a food fight. What’s the best alternative hair removal product. Lad v Lass tests which is better when remembering things about people.

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2 votes
Race against high explosives

#9 - Race against high explosives

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 15, 2005

We race against high explosives. We show you why you shouldn’t put dynamite in your microwave. We tell you how to win on the fairground grabber. Jon Tickle puts his foot down in garlic. What happens if you suck in helium then blow into a wind instrument. Which is the best way to eat peas. How far will a pencil write. Which is Britain’s slidiest food. Men vs Women - who spends the longer in the toilet. Lad v Lass discovers which is better in a staring contest.

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1 votes
Jump out of a building

#10 - Jump out of a building

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 6, 2005

What not to grab if you jump out of a building. Not for the faint hearted – experiments on roller coasters. Getting down to the big questions down at the lab. What is Britain’s stretchiest food. We perform an eggsperiment on Brainiac Joe. How permanent is a permanent marker. What is the quickest way to send a text. Going on a picnic – how to tell it’s not going to rain. Does eating floaty foods produce floaty poo. Can the carbon dioxide wheelchair win in a race. Cutting up onions – what should you do if you don’t want to blub in the kitchen. Lad v Lass discovers which is better at remembering.

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1 votes
Colour of Belly Button Fluff

#11 - Colour of Belly Button Fluff

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 23, 2006

Jon Tickle explores the colour of belly button fluff, what is the squirtiest food, the gunpowder is back to race humans, what happens when you depth charge an aquarium, Debbie McGee takes on the electric chair, who’s better - left handers or right handers, what’s the best word for a smiley photo and we kiss goodbye to another caravan.

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1 votes
Helium Balloons to Lift a Human

#12 - Helium Balloons to Lift a Human

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 30, 2006

How many helium balloons can it take to lift a human, what is Britain's stainiest food, Brainiac for a day blows up some melons, another Hollywood star pays us a visit, what is the best way to get rid of stress, can you eat upside-down, can you locate water by dowsing, Oliver Skeete faces the electric chair and we send more caravans into orbit.

star 9.00
1 votes
How do Brainiacs smell after Friday night curry

#13 - How do Brainiacs smell after Friday night curry

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 18, 2004

Pooey, how do brainiacs smell after their Friday night curry. New balls please, we go golfing, the lazy man’s way. Jon Tickle get moosical down at the farm. Torturing brainiacs in the name of science. Isn’t science fun, we rid the planet of another caravan. Do holidays make you thick. Which is loudest, a baby or a drill. When people talk about you, do your ears really go red. And Tall v Small returns.

star 8.50
2 votes
World's best at darts

#14 - World's best at darts

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 22, 2005

We take on the world’s best at darts – Brainiac style. Testing to destruction – microwaves and washing machines. Answering the big ones down at the warehouse. Burning through our cash with the help of Thermite. Quiet please – more splintering caravans on the 18th green. Is it possible to do a 360 on a swing. Which is Britain’s stickiest spread. Does dipping somebody’s hand in warm water while asleep make them wet themselves. Can you lose weight in a lift. Which is Britain’s noisiest food. Top tips for winning at laser games. Which is the fastest fast food. Blondes have more fun – do they. Lad v Lass discovers which is it best to be in identifying smells.

star 8.50
2 votes
Itchiest Substance

#15 - Itchiest Substance

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 6, 2006

The entertaining science show engages in more experiments with the main features in this episode being: Testing out the a variety of substances to determine the most itchiest, Can you run through wallpaper?, The search for the strongest bat, Finding out which food gives off the longest lasting smell and finding out if helium makes a stereo sound squeaky. More Microwaves and Caravans go boom and Derek Achorah is the celebrity on helium.

star 8.50
2 votes
World's most protective package

#16 - World's most protective package

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 2, 2004

Richard Hammond chucks televisions out of a moving van in the search to find the world's most protective packaging. Brainiac boffin Jon Tickle gets caught up in DIY quicksand. Will 100 muskets and a cannon be enough to destroy a black box flight recorder? What happens when you add the world's most dangerous metals to water? Is it better to be tall or small in rush hour? More things NOT to put in your microwave. Which is the world's hottest sauce? Can you boil an egg with 100 mobile phones? And can you stop rock and roll with the help of a crane and a caravan? And Brainiac goes interactive - giving you the chance to vote and win a day out with high explosives.

star 8.25
4 votes
Can you smell fear

#17 - Can you smell fear

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 16, 2004

Richard Hammond finds out whether or not you can you really smell fear? We put more things we shouldn't inside a microwave oven. We make snooker interesting with the help of Quintin Hann, 6 caravans and some propane gas. Is it possible to drink lager whilst being electrocuted? Can an increase in testosterone make a wimp well 'ard. Status Quo put the rock and roll into acoustic science. We check out more things Jon Tickle's body can't do. Charlotte Hudson is on hand to help a member of the public ' do science'. The Homer Simpson of science Dr Bunhead takes his lab to the local - and gets barred! And your chance to vote and win a starring role on Brainiac with Explosive of the week.

star 8.00
5 votes
Best way to use least amount of fuel

#18 - Best way to use least amount of fuel

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 7, 2004

What's the best way to drive when you're running on empty? Jon Tickle uses science to pick a date for the evening. More microwave meals cooked Brainiac style. What's the fastest way to get ketchup out a bottle? NEW FEATURE: The Appliance of Science! Tina Turner takes time out from recording her new album to blow something up. Pins and needles - We check out Brainiacupuncture!

star 8.00
2 votes
Britain's most dangerous household products

#19 - Britain's most dangerous household products

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 28, 2004

We investigate Britain's most dangerous household products. Brainiac boffin Jon Tickle tests out DIY spud guns. We nip off down the boozer to see if old wives' tales about drinking are true. Can you juggle whilst being electrocuted? A page three stunna, an opera singer, and a deep-sea diver - who has the biggest lungs? Martial arts v rock and roll - place your bets! Tall v small battle it out at the car wash. And what to do in winter when you can't afford to buy a sledge. Oh yes, another caravan bites the dust.

star 8.00
2 votes
Dodgem Car Physics

#20 - Dodgem Car Physics

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 4, 2004

All the fun of the fair - we check out dodgem car physics. See you later - we say goodbye to another caravan! Do fast music - and distracting passengers - make you drive badly? We get fruity down at the lab. Bone idle, bog cleaning with the Lazy Man's Guide. Meals in minutes - more microwave mayhem. Can a monkey psyche out a psychic? Elbow licking - the sequel. Plus the return of Tall v Small!

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2 votes
Christmas Cracker

#21 - Christmas Cracker

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 20, 2005

Slip sliding away – CO2 power hits the ice. What to do if Santa gets stuck up your chimney. Knife, fork, spoon – which is Britain’s best bit of cutlery. Which is Britain’s most pain in the arse packaging. Jon Tickle gets in some seasonal slobbering. A gas oven, some explosives and a naked flame – you do the maths. Brainiacs feel the cold this xmas. Hitting the high notes – carol singing on helium. We give the five top tips for snowball fights. And what would happen if you pulled 500 crackers at once?

star 8.00
1 votes
Dog or Brainiac

#22 - Dog or Brainiac

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 27, 2006

Which is best – dog or brainiac, Sian Lloyd tries out the electric chair, what is Britain’s messiest sandwich, which is Britain’s toughest cereal, five top tips on taking a number two in the public loo, can humans eat dog food.

star 8.00
2 votes
Donner Kebab

#23 - Donner Kebab

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 13, 2003

Can high explosives make your donner kebab taste the business. Can safety equipment really protect your body from attack. Can we turn a mobile phone into a time bomb. Brainiac boffin Jon Tickle finds out whether eating bagels can make you fail a drug test. Is staring at a woman’s breasts for 30 minute the equivalent of a 30 minute workout. What will make a man run faster – greed or fear? We travel to Swindon to experiment with Mexican waves. Is it better to be Fat or Thin in a sinking ship? We try to break open a safe by dropping it from a great height. Does laughing gas really make everything funny.

star 7.98
92 votes
Electric Chair

#24 - Electric Chair

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 16, 2006

In the return of a new series former MP Neil Hamilton goes in the electric chair, there's a search for the UK's fizziest drink, which is Britain’s loudest bang, which food stuff makes the best DIY shaving cream, a lucky viewer becomes Brainiac for a day, a Hollywood star pays a visit to the Brainiac lot, how many 360 degree turns can you do without falling over, Dr. Bunhead is at a service station near you, and get ready for the world series of Brainiac darts.

star 7.88
32 votes
Poop your pants with noise

#25 - Poop your pants with noise

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 9, 2004

Can a noise frequency make you poo your pants? What happens when you od on 02? Can you serve wine whilst being electrocuted?5 top Brainiac tips to help you beat the slot machines Will a Napalm attack destroy a black box flight recorder? Who will win in race between a slug, a snail and a tortoise? What to do if you're caught unawares by global warmingDoes being tickled create a pant wetting experience? More things not to put in your microwave Do tight pants make you go faster? Plus Tina Turner and her Bunsen burner and Brainiac gives you the chance to win a starring role on the final show of the series

star 7.75
4 votes