Essex historian helps contestant in C4’s Child Genius


Essex historian Dr Xun Zhou helped a contestant on Channel 4’s Child Genius learn more about early Chinese history.

Dr Zhou from our Department of History was approached by the show’s makers when Dylan, one of this year’s finalists, chose the Military Campaigns of the Yellow Turban Rebellion 184-205CE as his specialist subject. The events of the Rebellion took place during the Han Dynasty. Dr Zhou was asked to help Dylan by providing reading material on the topic.

“It was challenging to find suitable English language reading material on such an obscure subject for a child,” said Dr Zhou, who then wrote 30 questions on the Rebellion for the programme.

“There is a limited amount of reading on this subject, so writing 30 questions was difficult. I also wanted to avoid using too many Chinese names so that the audience could follow the story.”

Dr Zhou was then involved in the filming of the final round of the competition at the Royal Institution.

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