Standing between the remaining 12 competitors and a place in the semi-final are two testing rounds. First, it’s Language and Comprehension, followed by a gruelling Spelling test of some of the most complex words in the English language.

Channel 4, 9.00pm, Tuesday 14th July

At the end of each round, two children are eliminated. Hoping to claim a place in the semi-final is 12-year-old Giovanni, whose competitive Italian father believes intense competition is vital in bringing out the best in children.

So far in the competition, Thomas has been the one to beat. But, after coming top in every round, the 12-year-old feels under pressure, with the chasing pack snapping at his heels. Can mum Deborah’s revision techniques maintain his position as front-runner.