Monday, November 13, 2006

Gary Gizmo and Crash Test Danny

Further to my last blog, I've started watching Discovery Kids with the mini-Ws, so that I can learn a bit more about science. The best programmes are Invention SOS and Crash Test Danny.

SOS is fronted by a hyperactive Scotsman called Gary Gizmo, who teleports himself to the homes of children who are desperate for an invention that will solve a particular problem. One kid, for instance, wants a contraption for capturing spiders, while another is looking for something to help him clean up his bedroom. Gary pitches a tent in the back garden and sends the children back into the house for advice from a boffin. The crackpot scientists in question are always hidden in a wardrobe. And while they may dress differently from Gary and speak in exotic accents, they always seem to bear an uncanny resemblance to show's eccentric host.

Crash Test Danny is a dummy who works at a top-secret research establishment. He acts as a fall guy for a bloke in a white coat who's simply known as The Professor. There's nothing the Prof likes more than strapping Danny to a spinning wheel with a bottle of ketchup to explain the principles of centrifugal force.

Generally speaking, Discovery Kids gets 8/10 for the balance between education and entertainment. I haven't yet had the heart to explain to the mini-Ws that croc hunter Steve Irwin is now swimming with the angels. There's a time and a place for everything.


  1. Not wishing to confuse you, Phil, but centrifgual force doesn't actually exist:

    Now, about Father Christmas...

  2. Try telling that to Danny and the Professor.

  3. Anonymous1:44 PM

    My kids love that show. They've got a myspace page. I think it's just but I could be wrong...