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York University Student Swaps Lectures for Limelight

University of York

5:40pm 31st March 2014

A University of York student is proving he has star quality with an on-screen role in the light-hearted maths-based television show Dara O Briain: School Of Hard Sums. 

Maths undergraduate Tim Charlton appears in seven of the eight episodes in the latest series of the show, which sees Irish comedian and broadcaster Dara O Briain, guest comedians and maths undergraduates solving real-world brainteasers and conundrums.

Tim, 19, responded to an advertisement last year for ‘maths-hungry undergraduates’ to solve problems on screen, and following auditions was the only first year student selected to take part.

Tim, from Heckmondwike, near Leeds and a former pupil of Heckmondwike Grammar School, said: “Being on the show was a great experience and the guest comedians were the best the programme has ever had. Dara was phenomenally friendly and was always chatting to the students.

“It was great to get pictures with, and talk to, some of my favourite comedians like Lee Mack, Josh Widdicombe and Kevin Bridges, all of whom made time to chat to the students. The highlight was going to the pub with Dara O Briain after the last show and having a great chat with 8 Out of 10 Cats comedian Jon Richardson and Stephen K Amos.”

Produced by Wild Rover Productions and Fuji Television, the show features Dara O Briain, who studied Maths and Theoretical Physics at University College, Dublin, and Oxford University Maths Professor Marcus du Sautoy.

Dara O Briain: School Of Hard Sums will be broadcast every Tuesday at 10pm on the Dave channel until 22 April 2014. For more information and to watch Series 3 visit http://dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/dara-o-briain-school-hard-sums/

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