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Dara counting on maths show success

Dara O'Briain has described his new maths show as "properly nerdy" and joked that it could become known as "Dara's folly" in years to come.

The Irish funnyman's new TV show School Of Hard Sums sees him team up with Oxford University maths professor Marcus du Sautoy and a variety of comedy guests to dissect puzzles and work out ways to solve them.

And Dara - who studied mathematics and theoretical physics at university - admitted: "It's properly nerdy. There is an element of putting all my eggs in one basket marked 'Maths' and this could be known as 'Dara's folly' in years to come.

"But I think it will find its audience of people who really like this kind of stuff."

Dara said the show was completely different to the panel shows he regularly appears on.

"There are genuine moments of elation and genuine moments of gutting disappointment when I get something wrong or get it right on this," he explained.

"At the end of normal panel shows, we don't really care who wins, there's no real glory in that, it's just a plot device that you have to do in panel shows, but this was bitterly disappointing."

And despite his regular TV appearances, the comic said he'd never consider dabbling in acting on screen.

"I have no range. I have no emotional depth. I'd be a complete ham," he confessed. "I'm ok when I'm performing as me, acting out stuff I've already done. But if you got me to pretend to be something, I'd go to pieces."

:: Dara O Briain: School Of Hard Sums starts tonight (Monday) at 8pm on Dave.

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