Now, whose bright idea was this? Indeed, for all the time the programme spends in a wood-panelled cerebral arena, where towering quizmaster Richard Osman apologetically lobs bruising questions, it spends as long behind the scenes, scrutinising the family lives of its contestants. The show asks for a complicated response from the viewer too. Osman, to his credit, is gently reassuring without being patronising.
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The current series has repeatedly run into controversy. Its makers were accused of putting children as young as nine years old under pressure akin to child abuse. Parents were also accused of pressuring their children and of cheating to help them improve their scores. And viewers have targeted the young contestants for getting upset when they fail to perform as well as they hoped. Joshua, 11, ran out of the competition hall, whimpering and sobbing, after freezing on the podium during his round. Sofia, 10, knocked her older sister Francheska, 12, out of the competition - and was visibly shaken when she realised what she had done to her inconsolable sister. Previously, parents have accused each other of mouthing the answers to their children and subjecting them to punishing tuition regimes at home, waking the children before dawn and punishing them if they make mistakes.
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A number of young Mensa members are among the children featured in the second series of the fascinating Channel 4 documentary Child Genius. Child Genius, the landmark programme documenting gifted children, returns for a second series to catch up with the incredible young minds for the first time since they were featured on Channel 4 early last year. So how have their lives changed since viewers last saw them? How do they balance their gifts with the challenges of growing older? And how are their parents coping, raising such exceptional children? Two minute programmes provide an insight into how the lives of some of the brightest children growing up in the UK have developed. Plus a new Child Genius is introduced: three-year-old Georgia. Her mother Lucy is so desperate for Georgia to get into a nearby school that she had her IQ tested to try and get her in. But will Georgia's gift swing her a place?