“Dara O Briain: School Of Hard Sums” is based on the Emmy Award-nominated Japanese comedy-panel format Comaneci University Mathematics. The show is hosted by Dara O’Briain. The brainbox Irish comedian and broadcaster studied maths and theoretical physics at University College, Dublin and now he’s on a mission to use all his knowledge and intuition to solve some very tasty real-world brainteasers and conundrums. Dara (alongside Oxford University maths professor Marcus du Sautoy) uses maths, physics, chemistry, logic and all those hidden mechanics of the world we don’t see or are too distracted by football to notice to solve problems. Each episode in this eight-part series is themed and Dara, along with comedy guests like David O’Doherty, Andi Osho, Alex Horne, Simon Evans and Jason Byrne, dissect each conundrum and find out guaranteed ways to solve them.