A family from Watford might be one of the brainiest families in the country after reaching the semi-final of BBC Two programme The Family Brain Games.
The Mohammed family; systems analyst dad Iqbal (49), mum Bushra (40), and two children Zain (14) and Haris (12) competed against eight brilliant families from all walks of life as they come together in a specially designed ‘games lab’.
The new test of intelligence game show, hosted by Dara Ó Briain, was aired last month for the first time.
Iqbal was born and raised in Glasgow and studied computer science at Glasgow University. Bushra was raised in Pakistan and completed a diploma in commerce.
Zain loves engineering, maths and IT and has been taking part in the Leonardo’s Engineering course. He was selected to take part in a regional maths challenge where he represented his age group for his school.
Haris is in his first year of secondary school. He attends the local grammar school and is a proficient mathematician.
Last year, Haris competed in a maths challenge where he managed to score the highest marks in his year group and has a huge back catalogue of maths certificates. Haris is currently learning to speak Urdu and Arabic.
Each episode saw two families go head-to-head in a series of ingenious games, designed in association with a leading cognitive neuroscientist from Imperial College London.
Dad, Iqbal, said: “We really enjoyed taking part in The Family Brain Games, it was a great experience and interesting to find out how we stood up against other intelligent families. The production team really looked after us and it was great to meet Dara, he is a genuinely nice guy.”
Going beyond traditional ideas about how to measure brain power, such as individual IQ, the games will also explore the power of group intelligence – and what better group to test than families.