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What happens when we try and make fire underwater?
Can this week's contestants help Guinea Pig catch some serious hail?
And bursting balloons with oranges, obviously!
Flex your thinking muscles - it's time for...
APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
HE LAUGHS UPROARIOUSLY
-My name is...
Using breathtaking super science
and more fun than a fairground full of disco-dancing robot Chihuahuas,
I aim to find the finest minds this side of the Milky Way!
-And I never fail!
-Er, almost never... Sometimes I do.
-LASER BUZZES, HE IMITATES IT
Let's meet the contestants hoping they've got a smart answer
for everything. Looking mean and green from Nottingham...
Looking like a bunch of brainy bananas in yellow from Liverpool...
And this week's celebs are from
CBBC's All Over The Place. Yes, it's...
-I am on a quest...
-HORSE TROTS AND WHINNIES
..on my horsey to find the brainiest beings in the galaxy!
They'll need to be super-smart, quick witted
and not too jealous of my amazing hair!
Isn't it gorgeous?!
Ha-ha-ha-ha! Let's find out who they are!
First we have the Green Team! How are you doing, Greens?
-Now then, Dr Ben, what would you like to be
-when you get out of school?
-Um, a scientist.
-You could be like Dr Brian Cox...
-..and talk about
the universe and energy and physics and stuff like that.
-Well, what's your team name, Greens?
That sounds like an amazing name.
-APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
-It's the Yellows.
-How are you?
Dr Lucy, what would you like to be when you leave school, do you think?
-A nurse! That would be great, wouldn't it?
What is it about nursing that really attracts you? What do you think?
-Well, my mum's a nurse...
-..and she really enjoys her job
and I'd like to help people with sicknesses.
-SOFT PIANO MUSIC, BIRDSONG HE SNIFFS:
You want to help people with sicknesses?
-Oh, well, that's good!
Cos when poor old Mr Guinea Pig falls over
and gets wet, and all the things I'm going to make him do later,
you could help him, couldn't you?
Thank you, Dr Lucy!
We need more people in the world like her.
What's your team name?
Ooh! I like it!
-It's the Yellows!
-APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
-I suddenly feel very, very short.
Tell us the name of your programme, please?
-All Over The Place, it's called!
I know you are, but what's the name of your programme? Ha-ha!
That's the kind of comedy we're used to on this programme, folks.
-So, Dr Iain?
-Play any musical instruments?
I, er, play the violin.
-Let's put that theory to the test.
-Thank you, Dr Paul.
Here we have a genuine, scientific violin.
-Now, then, don't worry about this.
-Oh, it's in tune and everything!
I'm going to play one of the greatest of all time,
and this is called Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
-Oh, one of my favourites!
DR BRAIN SOBS
He's quite good! You're quite good!
You see, I wasn't crying because it was so lovely.
I was crying because of what he was doing to that poor violin!
COMEDIC DRUMBEAT, SOBBING CONTINUES
-Now, then, Dr Ed!
-Are you good at science?
Er, I'm absolutely appalling at science.
-I still want to grind these children into the dirt, though.
I fully intend to beat them.
-Nah, they're not going to beat you, are they?
-And if we don't beat you, we'll get Iain to play his violin at you!
-There's a threat!
-Yeah! FRANTIC PLAYING
-What's your team name?
-We have called ourselves...
Team All Over The Place, it's good to meet you! So, remember, teams...
If you want the points, you'll need to think like mega-brainy boffins
at all times and, whatever you do,
be prepared to encounter extreme levels of fun at any moment!
-Can you do that?!
That's your first correct answer.
-Have 50 billion points.
Now, time for some super-duper science, in the round we call...
-Ignition! Make it so.
Well, here we go, folks, with our first round.
Now, I always felt sorry for mermaids.
Oh, I know that sounds random, but bear with me!
I didn't feel sorry for them because they have sort of salty hair
all the time, or because they have a fish's bum instead of legs,
which must be quite weird when you want to go dancing,
but I sort of felt sorry for them because,
well, you can't have fireworks under the sea, can you?
It'd be rubbish! One of life's great tragedies, that is.
But it got me wondering - what happens
if we take an Ultimate Brain special sparkling sparkler,
wrap it in tape, light it and then, place it into water?
-What do you think might happen?
-It might explode.
Explode! Ho-ho-ho, ho-ho! That would be fun, wouldn't it?
Now, then, on the table is a jar of water, teams.
Now, you've got to use all your thinking brilliance to tell me
what you think will happen if we light the sparkler
and plunge it into the water!
Ho-ho! Hee-hee-hee! Look at the confusion on their faces!
To make it simpler for everybody, I'm going to give you four choices.
-Count 'em - four!
So, here we go!
Will it - A - will the sparkler go out?
B - will ice crystals form around the sparkler? Oh!
C - will the water turn fluorescent green?
Or D - something else entirely of your own thinking
that you can think of with your own Ultimate Brains,
that perhaps my Ultimate Brain hasn't come up with yet.
Is that possible? Have you thought of it?
So, teams, your thinking time starts...
'So, our teams need to think carefully about
'what will happen to the sparkler when it is plunged into the pool.
'Will its swimming trunks fall off? Oh, ho-ho!
'Oh, you silly thing! Have you thought of your answer?'
-Shall I spy on some children?
-OK, everyone, that is your time up.
Placing my protective gloves on, you see - health and safety!
Reveal your answers now!
Oh, we have an A, we have a D, and an A - two As and a D!
Greens, why have you gone for D?
-What do you think's actually going to happen?
-It might stay alight.
# Staying' alight! Staying' alight! Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh! #
I like that answer! Good one, Greens!
Now, then, we've got two As.
I'm going to go to Yellow A first to find out what your logic is.
-What's your thinking?
-I think a fire needs oxygen to stay alight...
-..and there's no oxygen in water, I don't think.
Well, there is oxygen within water, isn't there? Yes.
Hydrogen and oxygen, isn't it?
But it's sort of bound up to the hydrogen, isn't it?
-So, I see, so you think it's going to go out?
Not enough oxygen. I see, OK!
Now, then, Blues, you've gone for the same answer,
-but is it the same thinking?
I don't know what oxygen means. SNORTING AND GIGGLING
I've just went for... When I go to fireworks displays,
-you put the sparkler in water.
-And then, it always goes out.
-We do have a slight concern about our choice, though.
-It won't make great television, going out.
-Well, we don't know!
It could be the right answer, you could be lucky, you could get...
So, have you bright sparks worked out the answer
to this sparkly conundrum? Or have you fizzled out already?
Let's see what actually happens when you take a sparkler
and you plunge it into the water!
Ultimate warning - do not try this at home!
Only trained talking science superhero monkeys
should ever attempt this!
-So, shall we see it?
-Want me to try it? Right...
MUSIC: Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey
Here we go.
Are you ready?
And in she goes!
Aqua-sparkle-tastic! Would you look at that?!
-Look at it!
-Look, it's on fire!
-Look! Well, you were right about
substances needing oxygen to burn, you see.
And usually, water would
actually starve fires of oxygen, like you said.
-You said that it would.
-That's what I said!
But what was wrong was, actually, sparklers have got
an oxygen-containing chemical within them,
so it's like they've got their own oxygen supply!
Isn't that amazing? So they can burn in environments that don't
have any available oxygen. 'Including underwater!'
Ha-ha-ha! So, the amazing answer is...
-D - something else!
Which means all the points go to the Greens!
-Well done, Greens! Good work!
Look at the Greens skyrocket into the lead with a massive 5!
my most magnificently-minded teams of terrific geniuses,
we call the next challenge Raining Cats And Guinea Pigs. Ha-ha-ha!
-MUSIC STOPS ABRUPTLY
-Now, I'll tell you something.
We were installing some posh windows in the ceiling, you see,
so that I could be a bit like my hero...
-..Dr Brian Cox and do a bit of stargazing
at the wonders of the universe.
-Oh, look - there's Jupiter!
Oh, look - there's Saturn.
-Oh, look - there's a pigeon.
PARP! PIGEON FLIES OFF, LAUGHTER
-We need to get that fixed! Ha-ha, ha-ha!
So, we cut out the holes, but the windows haven't turned up!
-And the weather forecast predict...
-..a spot of very bad hail.
-Now, all these huge hailstones... Doink! Doink! Doink!
..could easily cause irreparable damage
to my beautiful laboratory equipment! Ha-ha-ha!
And even worse, they could ruin my fabulous hairdo! Ha-ha-ha!
So, teams, you need to use all of your inventive brains
to come up with a device that means someone could
catch as many of the falling hailstorms at the same time!
Our teams were given two days and a budget of...
-..divided by a squillion to design their challenge.
For this challenge, the teams need to consider
large or multiple surface areas to catch the hailstones.
They need to think about stability when GP is moving about!
And what materials will be best to catch the hard hailstones!
Whoever collects the most hailstones shall be the victor!
-Boom, boom, ba!
All hail the hail-catcher himself...
the Mighty Guinea Pig!
-# I came in like a hailstone! #
-# They were so big They were like tennis balls! #
-Um, you're up!
-Hey, Dr Brain. Sorry, I was miles away, listening to my music.
Yeah, I know, I know, I know, GP.
Now, are you ready to brave the hailstones in the name of science,
with the help of our trusty teams here?
Oh, I can't, sorry. I'm off this afternoon.
-Yeah, but... What?!
-Only kidding! Of course I am, Dr Brain!
Ah, brilliant! You had me there for a second, GP!
(No, he didn't, really.) It was a great joke!
(It was rubbish.)
-What was that, Dr Brain?
Right, off you go, GP!
So, now let's see what our teams have come up with.
-First up, it's the Blues!
-..the Blues, what have you got here?
We call these ICE pants.
-Iain, Chris, Ed!
-Oh, I see! Very good.
We do loads of silly events on All Over The Place,
so we know what we're doing. This is going to work perfectly.
-The hail falls through the hoop...
..into there and then, he tips himself over,
like that - Ooh! - and the balls roll out.
-And they all come out through the little hole at the front?
Team All Over The Place have gone for a large, netted surface area
around GP's waist, with a hula hoop for added stability.
Let's hope Guinea Pig doesn't get in the way of the falling hail!
-OK, let's see it in action! Are you ready?
-Here we go!
-Here we go.
-Go on, Guinea Pig!
-Go on! Get hail!
-Go on, Guinea Pig!
'Guinea pig is leaning back, look, accidentally closing off
'his catchment zone! Oh, their design is just too flimsy!'
Here we go - the poop and scoop!
-Poop and scoop, Guinea Pig!
-Yes, that's better!
'Ah, but wait! Now, GP's got his technique just right,
'catching the hail here and here!
'But will it be enough to catch the points?!'
BLUE TEAM SHOUTS
-And it's time! That's time!
You did quite a lot of moving about there,
Guinea Pig, for not much result. How have you done, do you think?
-It's not great, it's not great.
Is anybody going to do any better? Let's find out!
Next up, it's the Yellows!
I'm looking at a man wearing four washing-up bowls,
two umbrellas, some sort of sack and a bowl on his head.
-What is it?
-The Bowl Brother.
-The Bowl Brother! Oh, I like that!
That's a good name - succinct!
Now, then, what's the science behind this, then?
There's just a lot of different ways he could catch the hail.
There certainly are!
Ye Olde Household have gone for maximum surface area,
symmetrical for balance,
with a selection of different materials, you see!
There's hard buckets, a soft bag and plastic upturned umbrellas!
Ah, looks like it'll catch some hail and, hopefully, catch some points!
Oh, I see, yes, so you're sort of maximising the surface area
with which you can catch the balls?
-Well, you know what? I want to see this in action!
Cos I think it looks pretty good!
-Are you ready?
-Your minute starts now!
-Go on, GP!
-Go on, GP!
-Try to move around!
-Go on, GP!
-Oh, they've got some in the umbrella there.
Go on, move around, move around! Go on, GP!
Get them all in! Yes!
'The use of different materials
'and multiple catching zones looks to be paying off!
'Hail is bouncing right out of the hard bucket, but look!
'It's being caught by the soft bag
'and the shock-absorbing plastic of the umbrellas!
'Nice work, but will it be enough to win?'
-Oi! Don't tip the umbrellas!
-Don't tip the umbrellas!
-That's time up! That's time up!
-Well done! Ha-ha-ha!
One of my trained laboratory assistants here is
helping Guinea Pig to dispatch the balls into the sack there.
I think you might've done quite well. How do you feel?
-I think we could win this.
-You think you could win it?
Well, that's going to be tricky to beat, isn't it?
I wonder if the Greens can do it. I can't wait to find out!
It's the Green plan!
Now then, what's it called?
I like that name. That's great. So, talk me through it.
What's the science behind it?
We made it so he can flip up the hailstone that's on the floor
and get it into his feet, and the ones that are coming in high,
he can use all the bowls, so if it goes over his head,
it can go in the bowls behind his head.
The Supersonic Cybernetics have gone for smaller multiple surface areas
with a bowl-brimmed collar, and foot scoops to catch any stray hail.
It's a head-to-toe, hail-catching system!
-Shall we see it?
Guinea Pig, your time starts now!
THEY CHEER HIM ON
Yes. Tell him what to do.
Is it going into the feet? Oh, it's tricky, isn't it?
Oh, no, the material they've used is much too hard.
The hail is bouncing right off. Look, look at that, you see?
And the foot scoopers are losing as much as they catch
as GP moves around. Look at that, you see?
Oh, but how much hail has bounced off and how much have they caught?
I can't bear it!
That's your time up, that's it! All done.
Now, our scientific expert is removing the balls.
Ah, but is that going to be enough to win?
Team All Over The Place suffered
due to their flimsy support structure,
and the Supersonic Cybernetics' choice of hard materials seemed to
deflect as much as they caught.
But did Ye Olde Household's large catchment area
and varied materials do enough to take the points?
Let's find out!
You can feel the tension in here, folks.
So, Greens, you got five balls into the goal.
Now, Blues, they beat you with six, so Blues,
you could be the winners, you could be the winners.
-I feel good, I feel good.
-Oh, it depends on the Yellow score.
Yellows only got...
They smashed you, mate! They smashed you out the park!
So, the Yellows get ten points. Well done, yellows.
-This round is all about quick reactions.
The sort of super-fast, lightning-quick reactions that
our teams possess are too speedy,
even for my amazing monkey eyes to judge, hee-hee-hee!
-..for the Slowmonizer.
Yep, this supercool camera records in super...
-..very slow motion,
-..so that I can accurately see who the winner is.
Now then, one member from each team is going to stand in a line.
On the sound of this week's random sound of Dr Brain...
..they must grab their squirty foam tube and fire.
The winner is the foam-slinger that squirts first.
Yee-ha! Foam-slingers, stand by!
DRAMATIC WESTERN MUSIC
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!
The laboratory has been well and truly foamed.
Oh, and it's three super-quick draws there.
They all squeezed the cream in record time,
but whose squirty dairy splurge was over the line first?
Teams, who do you think was the quickest?
Well, you know what? There's only one way to find out, as they say.
It's a foamy quandary for sure.
We've got to activate the Slowmonizer!
Here we go, then, let's have a look.
Oh, they're all pretty quick off the draw there, but look at this,
yes, it's the Green Team's green stream that crosses the line first.
What a close shave!
The cream from the Green is the winner!
Well done, fantastic.
Let's see her moment of victory again. There it is.
Fantastic, well done. What's it done to the scores?
Well, that would have given them another five points,
which puts them on ten with the Yellows. Blues have got none.
Right, this next challenge is all about balloons.
I love balloons! I love them.
I wanted a balloon for my birthday, but my mummy misheard me
and got me a bassoon by mistake.
-I said, "You've ruined my party!"
She told me, "Stop blowing things out of proportion."
Blowing, get it? Ha-ha-ha!
CHICKEN CLUCKS, TOILET FLUSHES
Oh, it's not supposed to sound like that.
Ha-ha, fine! Let's get on with it.
Each team will have 45 seconds to burst as many balloons as possible.
Now, there are only 16 balloons for each team to get through, OK?
Sounds pretty easy, right, teams?
-"Yeah, we can do that. Yeah, yeah."
Well, actually, it's not that simple.
Not on a show like Ultimate Brain!
Now, the teams must use the items provided to attempt to burst
The object that you are touching can touch the balloon
but your hand can't. Do you get it?
OK, teams, you have three minutes to use all your cunning
to decide how you might use these items to burst the balloons.
The teams need to choose wisely.
Remember, they must not touch the balloons with their hands.
Bang, bang, bang!
Yes, or they could just go for the sharpest object.
Or simple brute force.
Or they could realise that one of the objects has a super
scientific, balloon-bursting secret. Mwah-ha-ha! But which one?
That's it, that's it, time is up!
Now, make an old monkey proud,
what did you come up with, teams?
Let's start with the Greens. What are you going to use?
-We are going to use a spork.
-Ah, I like it.
-Shall we do it?
-Your 45 seconds starts now.
Oh. Give it a push, give it a proper push.
Can't touch it you with your hands, you remember.
That's it, right. Very good.
Very good work. That's it, go on, get in there, son.
Oh, the spork is proving effective for the Supersonic Cybernetics
but they're having trouble stabilising the balloons
to get enough bursting pressure.
-Five seconds to go, I think.
-Two hands. Use two hands.
-That's it, good work.
-You can control it easier with two hands.
-And that's your time up!
Out of the 16 balloons there's 4 less.
Which means...you scored...
carry the 3, - 2, ¸ 12... 12.
Well done, Greens, are you pleased with that?
-Yeah, well done.
Right, well, let's see how the next team do.
Blues, what have you chosen?
-You've got two, but that counts as one item,
cos they're both the same.
So we're good to go. You have 45 seconds starting now.
-Go on, Ed.
THEY CONTINUE CHEERING
-Keep going, keep going!
-You do it, my arms are getting tired!
Oh, his arm's getting tired.
Well, after a terrifically zesty start,
Team All Over The Place get over eager and accuracy suffers.
-What are you doing?! No, let me take over.
But what's going on here?
As the oranges get juicy,
the balloons start bursting without even being hit?! Is this magic?
Or is it science? I'll give you a clue, it's not magic.
More on that later.
Get it, get it, get it!
Well, you got all 16 there, Blues.
And it was a proper team effort. But can the next team conquer the game?
Let's have a look.
Yellows, you've got to get them all
to stand a chance of even equalising. What are you using?
-Chopsticks, good old chopsticks. You ready?
Well, let's do it, then. Start now.
You have 45 seconds, remember.
Put it down on the table and stab it.
You need to get a good jabbing motion.
Remember, you can't touch it with your hands. That's it. Right.
One down. Oh, good.
After a shaky start, Ye Olde Household
seem to have hit upon the perfect method.
Stabilising the balloon with one chopstick
and bursting it with the other.
Might try that next time me and GP have a bit of sushi.
-Put it down on the table!
-Try the method that Dr Johnny was doing.
-Oh, forget it.
Oh, but hold on here,
that was definitely hand to balloon from Dr Oliver there, oh, and there.
Referee's not going to be happy. Oh, and another one there.
Now this is... Oh, dear, those balloons won't count, I'm afraid.
Go, go, go!
Unfortunately, you did manage to break all the balloons
but for four of them, your hand was touching the balloon
and the last one, I'm afraid, was out of time.
So that means you only get 11. I'm sorry about that, Yellows.
My nerves are in tatters after all that balloon bursting.
Well, Blues, you really were at your balloon-bursting best there,
weren't you? Brilliant. Congratulations.
APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
The method of Team All Over The Place clearly worked the best
and not just because of their enthusiastic aggression.
The naturally occurring oil in the skin of oranges actually
dissolves the plastic of balloons.
That was our scientific, balloon-bursting secret. Mwah-ha!
And now you know, keep it to yourself, yeah?
APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
You get 10 points.
It's anyone's game on Ultimate Brain.
Yes, it is the Quick Fire Round.
So, it's points to play for and all those
points are ready for the taking, thinkers.
So, hands on desks, teams. Are you ready for this?
-Shall we do it?
Two points for each correct answer and absolutely, unequivocally,
nothing whatsoever for getting a question wrong. Let's do it.
Your time starts now. What name is given to an angle of 90 degrees?
-What are decibels? A measurement unit or a small...
That's correct. CHEERING
Tiger, hammerhead and great whites are types of...
The cardiac muscle belongs to which organ?
How is the loud and messy bodily function sternutation better known?
No, it's sneezing.
Which famously slow and lazy animal species
-can sleep for up to 20 hours a day?
That's time. Crunch my numbers.
That was some seriously quick stuff there, folks.
Let's find out which of these brilliant, brainy bunch came
out on top. Yes, it's time for the results.
So, everybody, it's the moment of truth. The final scores.
In third place...
-it's the Yellows!
-APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
10 points you got, pretty good.
In second place it's...
-APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
12 points, very much.
Which means our Ultimate Brain winners are...
with 18 points, the Blues.
APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
In your face!
Fabulously thinky fantastic, one and all.
And a special well done, of course,
to our winners, who cleverly thought their way to victory.
If it's honour you're after,
then it's Ultimate Brain honour you've won,
salute your victors, teams. Give them a big clap. Well done.
See you next time for more fantastical monkeys
and the spectacular science on Ultimate Brain!