My handle is neiljones1981 and I am not smarter than a 10 year old.
There, I've said it, along with the vast majority of the contestants who partake in this show.
On the basis of the first daytime series, since it's become fit to be shown to the masses on Freeview via Sky3, the show takes on the form of being in a modern classroom. A grown-up contestant answers questions from one of ten categories and may or may not need the help of their 10 year old classmate. More often than not, they do. The more questions you get right, the more dosh you win. There are three cheats available - peek, copy and save. A lot of show formats now take their influence from Millionaire, and Smarter is effectively the same programme in different colours. The daytime version is presented by Dick & Dom (of 'In Da Bungalow' fame).
Be it by sheer luck or co-incidence, the show has managed to find adults with thousands of GCSE's, dozens of A-Levels and a degree or three in brain surgery and rocket science. The scary thing is, with all this knowledge, they can't answer incredibly simple questions about nursery rhymes without having a ten year old to guide them.
Admittedly, much of this brain drain is probably caused by simple nerves, the TV equipment and the audience, akin to a deer getting caught in a car's headlights. I'm sure we'd all be in the same sort of situation no matter how many qualifications you have.
The ten year olds may be cute, adorable and have incredibly inventive ways of arriving on the set prior to the game, but they're not little monsters either. Having been selected specifically for the show in the first series, most of them are far too happy, chirpy, even "professional", to be real. You do wonder sometimes whether you're watching child actors because of the way they behave, especially when the contestants start shaking hands, hugging or, on one occasion, picking up and carrying the youngster around the studio, with said kid laughing his head off!
I don't claim to know everything about everything. But there are questions in here aimed supposedly at seven year olds that I couldn't answer, and at the time of writing this, I'm soon to be 29. This means one of two things: Either I went to a rubbish primary school, or I don't actually know anything. There's an argument for whether the children are pre-empted about the questions or not, but you could also argue some of the material covered is debatable as to whether it's the sort of thing that actually is taught in primary school today when you factor in the other argument that students are being taught to pass exams for league-table purposes as opposed to anything else.
Anyway, I'm going off on a tangent here. Are You Smarter? Good show, works well, whether Dick & Dom were the right hosts for the daytime show is open to debate, but there we go. Worth watching.
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