Brainiac: Science Abuse

The WORST episodes of Brainiac: Science Abuse

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 5/5/2022Network: Sky1
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DIY parachutes
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#1 - DIY parachutes

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/23/2004

Richard Hammond puts DIY parachutes to the test. We find out if it's possible to go on a romantic dinner date whilst being electrocuted? Does getting scared make you stronger? The cheeky girls pay a visit to the Brainiac lab. Tina Turner and her bunsen burner are back with a bang. Jon Tickle takes the p out of science and drinks it. We try and stop rock and roll with the help of a chainsaw. Plus your chance to vote and win a starring role on the final show of the series as Brainiac goes interactive with explosive of the week.

The Bounciest Ball
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#2 - The Bounciest Ball

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/10/2006

In tonights episode, numerous experiments are tried out to find out: What the bounciest ball is, what the toughest nut is, which finger is the strongest and many more. This episode is also the finale of "Brainiac Darts."

Artist
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#3 - Artist

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/15/2007

.Vic Reeves tests the fire resistance of a meringue, and assists Jon Tickle in an attempt to create a DIY earthquake using Dynamite. Plus, Rik Waller takes part in the Celebrity Day Job Electrocution.

Ramblers
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#4 - Ramblers

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/22/2007

Vic Reeves, Jon Tickle and Charlotte Hudson join forces to wreak havoc in the laboratory, and try to answer a selection of puzzling scientific questions. The trio are joined by GMTV weather presenter Clare Nasir, who takes part in the Celebrity Day Job Electrocution challenge.

Football
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#5 - Football

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/29/2007

Vic Reeves, Jon Tickle and Charlotte Hudson continue their madcap antics and try to answer a selection of puzzling scientific questions. This week the Braniacs are joined by Tony Hadley on helium and The Salon's Ricardo Reido as he attempts the Celebrity Day Job Electrocution challenge.

Camping
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#6 - Camping

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/5/2007

Vic Reeves, Jon Tickle and Charlotte Hudson continue to wreak havoc in the laboratory, and try to answer a selection of puzzling scientific questions. The trio are joined by former England cricketer Mark Butcher, who attempts the Celebrity Day Job Electrocution challenge.

Fishing
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#7 - Fishing

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/12/2007

Lady Isabella Hervey accepts the Celebrity Day Job Electrocution challenge while she trains at the gym. The Braniacs fill a shed full of fireworks, and attempt to make a knickerbocker glory in a microwave. Vic Reeves and his team attempt to answer the questions that have baffled scientists for years.

Orienteering
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#8 - Orienteering

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/19/2007

Vic Reeves attempts to create music using rockets, and Jon Tickle carries out an experiment to see if the additive monosodium glutamate really does enhance the taste of foods. Eddie the Eagle joins the madcap team and accepts the Celebrity Day Job Electrocution challenge.

Bird Watching
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#9 - Bird Watching

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/26/2007

Vic Reeves and Jon Tickle attempt to find the best rocket fuel using takeaway food such as pizza and kebabs, and Sky News presenter Kay Burley agrees to take the Celebrity Day Job Electrocution challenge.

Sun bather
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#10 - Sun bather

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 7/3/2007

Vic Reeves and Jon Tickle attempt to find out how destructive a water bomb can be, and a father tests his son's honesty by seeing how far he can throw him. Plus, DJ Brandon Block takes on the Celebrity Day Job Electrocution Challenge.

Farmer
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#11 - Farmer

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 7/10/2007

Vic Reeves sets out to create a personal rocket pack aimed at improving commuting times, and 2008 Strictly Come Dancing champion Camilla Dallerup faces the Celebrity Day Job Electrocution Challenge. Meanwhile, Jon Tickle tries to find out whether it would be more painful being hit when it is cold than when it is warm.

Dog owner
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#12 - Dog owner

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 7/17/2007

Horse-racing pundit John McCririck undergoes the Celebrity Day Job Electrocution Challenge, while Vic Reeves and Jon Tickle test the flying abilities of household objects. Plus, a look at the crumbliest foods and an experiment to try out a variety of alternative fire extinguishers, including a steam roller and explosives.

Sports Day Special
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#13 - Sports Day Special

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 7/24/2007

To mark the last in the series of Brand New Brainiac: Science Abuse, Vic Reeves and the team celebrate the most competitive day in the school calendar - Sports Day. Which national dress is the best outfit for swimming? Will it be the kilt and sporran of the Scots or the lederhosen of Germany? In Stuff Nasa Never Tried, Vic attempts to discover whether rockets can help you play football and Olympic silver medallist Iwan Thomas falls prey to Brainiac's top tips for cheating in a race.

Picnic
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#14 - Picnic

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/8/2007

Vic Reeves takes over as the new host of Brainiac for a fifth series. This week the brainiacs are testing out such things as: can you run through a wall of sellotape and what is the fastest means of transport for your luggage!

Episode 1
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#15 - Episode 1

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/13/2008

Thaila Zucchi presents regular segment How Hard Is Your Thing? in which she puts viewers' submissions through a series of intense tests to find the hardest object in the land. Vic Reeves sends a portable toilet airborne and a magic trick is updated with an electrifying twist.

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Episode 2
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#16 - Episode 2

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/20/2008

Jon Tickle, Vic Reeves and Thaila Zucchi investigate the fastest way to eat eggs, how many pieces of sticky tape are needed to lift a car and how to turn vegetables supersonic with the aid of a pneumatic cannon and a rocket on a wire. Plus, Abi Titmuss and Frank Bruno try to blow up their caravans.

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Episode 3
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#17 - Episode 3

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/27/2008

Jon Tickle, Vic Reeves and Thaila Zucchi join forces to wreak havoc in the laboratory, tackling humorous and heated experiments guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows.

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Episode 4
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28 votes

#18 - Episode 4

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/1/2008

Jon Tickle and Vic Reeves join forces to wreak havoc in the laboratory, while Thaila Zucchi presents regular segment How Hard Is Your Thing? - in which she tests viewers' submissions to find the hardest object in the land.

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Episode 5
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#19 - Episode 5

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/8/2008

Jon Tickle and Richard Hammond join forces to wreak havoc in the laboratory, while a camping celebrity is left homeless when the team destroys their caravan.

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Episode 6
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#20 - Episode 6

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/15/2008

Jon Tickle and Vic Reeves are joined by Thaila Zucchi, who presents regular segment How Hard Is Your Thing? in which she puts viewers' submissions through a series of intense tests to find the hardest object in the land.

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Episode 7
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28 votes

#21 - Episode 7

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/24/2008

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Episode 8
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#22 - Episode 8

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/29/2008

Jon Tickle, Richard Hammond and Thaila Zucchi wreak havoc as they tackle a series of outrageous scientific experiments guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows.

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Episode 9
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#23 - Episode 9

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/7/2008

Jon Tickle and Vic Reeves are joined by Thaila Zucchi, who presents regular segment How Hard Is Your Thing?, in which she puts viewers' possessions through a series of intense tests to find the hardest object in the land.

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Most Painful Place to Pinch
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#24 - Most Painful Place to Pinch

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/3/2006

In Tonight's episode of Brainiac. We go through a range of experiments including: Finding out which is the most painful place on the body to pinch, Finding out what happens if you jump at the last second of a lift-freefall, What food pets really like, What the fastest way to travel on foot is, and many more.

Kiddies Roundabout
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#25 - Kiddies Roundabout

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/27/2003

Can we accelerate as fast as a jet on a kiddies roundabout. Smash and grab – can a stock car team crack one of the world’s toughest safes. Would you bet your teeth on the laws of science. Resident Brainiac Boffin Jon Tickle takes to the water. How much weight can you lose by having a dump. Making chips – the lazy man’s way. Does a duck’s quack echo. How many times can you fold a piece of paper in half. Which commonly used household oil is the most dangerous. Why are you lighter on a morning than when you go to bed. We test subliminal advertising. And Fat v Thin continues.