John Willmott School

UKTV’s Memory Slam

Eight of the most talented youngsters from our schools nationwide were chosen to be part of UKTV’s Memory Slam. Ben Blackwood and Rachel Rhule represented JWS, see them in action tonight on Watch. (Sky 109/245, Virgin 124/191, BT 407)

Watch | UKTV | Memory Slam

Memory Slam follows eight gifted youngsters at the final of the UK Schools Memory Championships.

As well as all the excitement of the live event, the programme goes behind the scenes to discover what it takes to become a young national champion.

Over the past seven years the competition has established a reputation for helping students acquire powerful mental skills to improve both learning and self-confidence.

From the hundreds that entered, eight finalists were hot housed by a team of leading experts to prepare themselves a series of knock out events that test their ability to remember numbers, objects, historical facts and cards.

In between the events, Rachel Riley goes backstage to follow all the emotion, tension and drama as the competition unfolds and gains a unique insight into the personal worlds and training regimes of our eight finalists.

From Cardiff-based George who has trained himself to 'count up to one hundred in people' to Tahmina from Manchester who is relying on her natural memory alone to see her through the competition, we will not only discover what it takes to become a national memory champion but also learn some tips about improvingour own memories along the way.

Two months ago they were just normal school pupils. Now they have some of the fittest brains in the country but who will be crowned the winner?

Memory Slam is on Watch, Tue 16th December at 8pm. Tune in...