The Gadget Show

Monday 20 December, 8:00pm on Five

Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward investigate the latest technological innovations. In the final episode of the current run, the team looks back over the highlights of an action-packed series. Jon picks his gadget of the year, while Polly, Jason, Ortis and Suzy reminisce about their favourite moments. The fourteenth series of the Gadget Show has seen thrills, spills and some of the most ambitious challenges ever attempted on the show. To round off this exciting year, the presenters have compiled their personal highlights. For Suzi, these include the ‘tested to destruction’ segments, her gaming faceoff with World Superbike Champion James Toseland and her transformation into a virtual character using augmented-reality technology. Recent episodes have seen new girl Pollyanna take to the challenges like a duck to water. Her favourite moments include the power-tool drag race, in which she and Jason built and designed their own vehicles that were fuelled only by power tools, and the Monopoly-inspired jaunt around London. Meanwhile, Ortis and Jason recall the audacious simulator challenge, which saw Ortis attempt to learn how to land a plane and Jason master selfdefence skills using only computer technology. Other highlights for the lads include the Edinburgh to London road trip, their endeavours in amateur boat-building at the Chippenham Regatta and the Guinness World Record-nailing game of Tetris. Finally, Jon rounds off a stellar year for new gizmos with his rundown of the five best innovations of 2010. Which will take the prestigious title of Gadget Show Gadget of the Year?

Tuesday 14 December, 8:00pm on Fiver

Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward investigate the latest technological innovations. In this episode, Jason and Ortis race up and down a Swiss mountain to test the latest winter sports gear. Elsewhere, Jon and Polly make their own calendar, and Suzi gives the lowdown on her top five apps. This week, Jason and Ortis hit the snowy slopes of Switzerland for an action-packed winter challenge. In the process, the boys will test the very latest in hi-tech clothing, navigation gadgets and snow transport. The challenge begins at the very top of Mount Titlis in the ski resort of Engelberg. The presenters’ first task is to race to the foot of the mountain, clad only in their thermal underwear. In a bid to keep them on track – and to spare their blushes as they zip through the ski village – Jason and Ortis are kitted out with the latest handheld navigation technology. However, once the boys reach the foot of the mountain, they must layer up in the latest outdoor clothing and start making their ascent back to the summit. The challenge ends with another ride back down, only this time with the help of a range of sledges, snowboards and bikes. Elsewhere in this episode, Jon and Pollyanna investigate the growing popularity of online photo-publishing services. In a bid to discover which brand offers the best value product, the pair set about snapping and uploading pictures for their very own 2011 calendar. Meanwhile, Ortis visits three pioneering British companies to hear all about some new technology ideas that could soon become commonplace. Along the way Ortis learns about a clever new way to charge electric cars, an innovative redesign of the humble computer mouse and a unique search engine that aims to turn the hunt for information into a form of entertainment. Finally, Suzi rounds off a top year for mobile computing with her rundown of the top five apps.

Monday 13 December, 8:00pm on Five

Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward investigate the latest technological innovations. In this episode, Jason and Ortis race up and down a Swiss mountain to test the latest winter sports gear. Elsewhere, Jon and Polly make their own calendar, and Suzi gives the lowdown on her top five apps. This week, Jason and Ortis hit the snowy slopes of Switzerland for an action-packed winter challenge. In the process, the boys will test the very latest in hi-tech clothing, navigation gadgets and snow transport. The challenge begins at the very top of Mount Titlis in the ski resort of Engelberg. The presenters’ first task is to race to the foot of the mountain, clad only in their thermal underwear. In a bid to keep them on track – and to spare their blushes as they zip through the ski village – Jason and Ortis are kitted out with the latest handheld navigation technology. However, once the boys reach the foot of the mountain, they must layer up in the latest outdoor clothing and start making their ascent back to the summit. The challenge ends with another ride back down, only this time with the help of a range of sledges, snowboards and bikes. Elsewhere in this episode, Jon and Pollyanna investigate the growing popularity of online photo-publishing services. In a bid to discover which brand offers the best value product, the pair set about snapping and uploading pictures for their very own 2011 calendar. Meanwhile, Ortis visits three pioneering British companies to hear all about some new technology ideas that could soon become commonplace. Along the way Ortis learns about a clever new way to charge electric cars, an innovative redesign of the humble computer mouse and a unique search engine that aims to turn the hunt for information into a form of entertainment. Finally, Suzi rounds off a top year for mobile computing with her rundown of the top five apps.

Tuesday 7 December, 8:00pm on Fiver

Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward investigate the latest technological innovations. In this Christmas special, the presenters hunt high and low for the year’s most desirable gifts with the help of celebrities including Scouting for Girls. This week, Jason and Ortis are set the daunting challenge of going head to head with each other to find the best gadget for girls. Luckily for the lads, they are blessed with the assistance of the Aston Villa ladies football squad. Meanwhile, Suzi and Pollyanna compete to find the best boys’ toy, along with the help of pop band Scouting for Girls. Next, the presenters pair up to search for this year’s number-one must-have piece of kit. The lucky recipient will be the Gadget Show’s own Jon Bentley, a man who is notoriously hard to impress. Meanwhile, Jon teams up with 1Xtra Rampage DJs Mike Anthony and Treble T to spend an afternoon getting to grips with two of this year’s most anticipated gadgets. Motion-gaming add-ons Xbox Kinect and Playstation Move enable users to ditch the controllers, but does this necessarily make for a better gaming experience? Seasoned gamers Rampage give their verdict. Also in this episode, the presenters select their top five stocking fillers. There are many low-priced gizmos on the market at this time of year, but which are worthy of taking pride of place in the most impressive stockings? Finally, Pollyanna and Jon put batteries under the spotlight. Anyone expecting to find gadgets under the tree this Christmas will need a good supply of them, but no one wants to be left high and dry even before the turkey gets cold. With the help of an army of motorised hamsters and some particularly vicious fighting robots, the pair go in search of five brands that really go the distance.

Monday 6 December, 8:00pm on Five

Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward investigate the latest technological innovations. In this Christmas special, the presenters hunt high and low for the year’s most desirable gifts with the help of celebrities including Scouting for Girls. This week, Jason and Ortis are set the daunting challenge of going head to head with each other to find the best gadget for girls. Luckily for the lads, they are blessed with the assistance of the Aston Villa ladies football squad. Meanwhile, Suzi and Pollyanna compete to find the best boys’ toy, along with the help of pop band Scouting for Girls. Next, the presenters pair up to search for this year’s number-one must-have piece of kit. The lucky recipient will be the Gadget Show’s own Jon Bentley, a man who is notoriously hard to impress. Meanwhile, Jon teams up with 1Xtra Rampage DJs Mike Anthony and Treble T to spend an afternoon getting to grips with two of this year’s most anticipated gadgets. Motion-gaming add-ons Xbox Kinect and Playstation Move enable users to ditch the controllers, but does this necessarily make for a better gaming experience? Seasoned gamers Rampage give their verdict. Also in this episode, the presenters select their top five stocking fillers. There are many low-priced gizmos on the market at this time of year, but which are worthy of taking pride of place in the most impressive stockings? Finally, Pollyanna and Jon put batteries under the spotlight. Anyone expecting to find gadgets under the tree this Christmas will need a good supply of them, but no one wants to be left high and dry even before the turkey gets cold. With the help of an army of motorised hamsters and some particularly vicious fighting robots, the pair go in search of five brands that really go the distance.

Tuesday 30 November, 8:00pm on Fiver

Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward investigate the latest technological innovations. In this episode, the presenters race each other across London in their own action-packed take on the classic Monopoly board game. Jon tests the latest wood-burning stoves, and Jason unveils his top five blockbuster video games. This week, the ‘Gadget Show’ team uses the latest in urban personal transport technology to race across London, via each of the stations featured on the Monopoly board. With each leg, the presenters’ methods of transportation become faster and more powerful – but it is not all plain sailing. Each participant must contend with random forfeits from Monopoly ‘chance’ cards, which could give opponents a head start – or even see them face an unexpected trip to jail! Elsewhere in this episode, Jon spends a chilly day in the English countryside warming his hands over the latest wood-burning stoves. Jon tests out three of the newest models on the market, including one made from recycled car parts and another that comes with a remote control for adjusting the temperature. Finally, it has been a vintage year for hotly anticipated new video games, and resident computer guru Jason is in the studio to give his view on five releases that really were worth the wait.

Monday 29 November, 8:00pm on Five

Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward investigate the latest technological innovations. In this episode, the presenters race each other across London in their own action-packed take on the classic Monopoly board game. Jon tests the latest wood-burning stoves, and Jason unveils his top five blockbuster video games. This week, the ‘Gadget Show’ team uses the latest in urban personal transport technology to race across London, via each of the stations featured on the Monopoly board. With each leg, the presenters’ methods of transportation become faster and more powerful – but it is not all plain sailing. Each participant must contend with random forfeits from Monopoly ‘chance’ cards, which could give opponents a head start – or even see them face an unexpected trip to jail! Elsewhere in this episode, Jon spends a chilly day in the English countryside warming his hands over the latest wood-burning stoves. Jon tests out three of the newest models on the market, including one made from recycled car parts and another that comes with a remote control for adjusting the temperature. Finally, it has been a vintage year for hotly anticipated new video games, and resident computer guru Jason is in the studio to give his view on five releases that really were worth the wait.

Monday 22 November, 8:00pm on Five

Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward investigate the latest technological innovations. In this episode, the presenters use some well-chosen tech to challenge the professionals at their own game, with go-karting, film-making and bowling all receiving the ‘Gadget Show’ treatment. Ortis takes to the great outdoors to take on survival expert and former Special Forces action man Myke Hawke. The challenge is to escape from a remote island. Myke relies on years of training to make his escape, while Ortis puts his faith in his cutting-edge technology. But who will come out the winner? Meanwhile, Jason takes on five-times British karting champ Mark Litchfield in a track race. But while the British champion is racing a 35bhp go-kart that does 0-60 in three seconds, Jason is at the controls of a small remote-control car. Suzi’s challenge pits her against DIY expert Tommy Walsh in a decorating makeover. Suzi brings along some of the latest DIY innovations to ensure a quality finish – but is the new technology enough to beat the expertise of a seasoned pro? Elsewhere, Jon goes up against BAFTA-nominated film maker Will McGregor and his top-of-the-line pro digital camera. Using just a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera, Jon must produce a film that matches the quality of Will’s professional piece. How will the two films fare on the big screen in front of a specially invited audience? Finally, Polly hits the bowling lanes to challenge British champ Hayley White. Polly comes armed with a remote-control ball, but is it a match for Hayley’s championship-winning skills?

Tuesday 16 November, 8:00pm on Fiver

Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward investigate the latest technological innovations. In this episode, Jon, Suzi and Jason battle the recession by making the show themselves, Polly gives a rundown of her favourite ‘tweeters’, Ortis navigates his way around the satnav market and Jon tests unbranded TVs. In a ‘Gadget Show’ first, Jon, Suzi and Jason set out to make the show themselves. The presenters must take matters into their own hands as they film and edit the show using only gadgets and tech that can be found on the high street. The task reaches its dramatic conclusion when Jason joins Birmingham’s best street dancers in a collective dance-off filmed entirely by the general public. Elsewhere, Jon tests a range of unbranded TVs. Are these generic sets actually any good? Do they offer value for money? With the help of a group of top technology journalists, Jon reveals some surprising results. Also this week, Polly gets involved in one of the web’s runaway success stories – Twitter. Which tweets are actually worth following, and which should be avoided? Polly trawls the net to come up with her top five tweeters. And Ortis goes mobile to select the five best satnavs on the market.

Tuesday 16 November, 8:00pm on Fiver

Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward investigate the latest technological innovations. In this episode, Jon, Suzi and Jason battle the recession by making the show themselves, Polly gives a rundown of her favourite ‘tweeters’, Ortis navigates his way around the satnav market and Jon tests unbranded TVs. In a ‘Gadget Show’ first, Jon, Suzi and Jason set out to make the show themselves. The presenters must take matters into their own hands as they film and edit the show using only gadgets and tech that can be found on the high street. The task reaches its dramatic conclusion when Jason joins Birmingham’s best street dancers in a collective dance-off filmed entirely by the general public. Elsewhere, Jon tests a range of unbranded TVs. Are these generic sets actually any good? Do they offer value for money? With the help of a group of top technology journalists, Jon reveals some surprising results. Also this week, Polly gets involved in one of the web’s runaway success stories – Twitter. Which tweets are actually worth following, and which should be avoided? Polly trawls the net to come up with her top five tweeters. And Ortis goes mobile to select the five best satnavs on the market.

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