I can’t stand Child Genius – it’s exploitative, uncomfortable viewing

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It’s all fun and games while it’s going well, but these things can’t always go well – and it’s the response to failure that makes Child Genius rather different from an adult quiz show. There’s something almost voyeuristic about the way Child Genius presents the inevitable moments where its young prodigies begin to struggle. A long shot down a hallway, or a covert pan through a window frame – it’s little short of invasive. Does anyone actually like watching these children cry?

My article on Channel 4 quiz show Child Genius. I was nearly on the radio to talk about this, but then I wasn’t. (I got cut for time.)

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